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cPanel Hosting Revealed
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents 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 normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous 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 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number Two: The same email folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Predicament Number Three: An entire lack of domain name management menus
Do we have to refer to the sheer shortage of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the zealous users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...