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cPanel Web Hosting Revealed
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new 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 delete on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 getting confused? We surely are!
Drawback No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Point No.3: A total lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Many login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...