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cPanel Web Hosting Revealed
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, because 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 is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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)
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 confused? We surely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Side Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to point out the utter lack of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is using, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...