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cPanel Website Hosting Clarified
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are placed 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 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 puzzled? We surely are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Inconvenience No.3: A total shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...