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cPanel Website Hosting Uncovered
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all website hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 name)
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 growing bewildered? We surely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Drawback Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to cite the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing system (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...