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cPanel Hosting Uncovered
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic 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 strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 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 disorientated? We surely are!
Problem Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number Three: An entire absence of domain management interfaces
Do we have to refer to the utter absence of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Drawback No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...