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cPanel Website Hosting Uncovered
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove completely 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). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 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 growing perplexed? We absolutely are!
Predicament No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number 3: A complete shortage of domain name administration sections
Do we have to mention the complete lack of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the keen clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...