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cPanel Hosting Clarified
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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)
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)
Are you getting confused? We absolutely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Downside Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name administration options
Do we need to cite the entire shortage of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...