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cPanel Web Hosting Clarified
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied most web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)
Are you getting baffled? We positively are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same email folder configuration
The email folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Predicament Number Three: An utter lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to point out the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is making use of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...