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cPanel Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. 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 offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met most website hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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 getting perplexed? We undeniably are!
Weak Side No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: A thorough lack of domain administration options
Do we need to mention the sheer absence of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the keen clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...