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cPanel Website Hosting Disclosed
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting market provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the website 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 alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met all hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A complete absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to cite the absolute lack of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. At times, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is making use of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to learn each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...