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cPanel Web Hosting Uncovered
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most web hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new 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 hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Downside No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to cite the complete absence of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Problem Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...