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cPanel Web Hosting Clarified
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure 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 becoming baffled? We unquestionably are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Weakness No.3: An entire lack of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to refer to the total absence of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big predicament. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the keen customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 hosting CP areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...