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cPanel Hosting Uncovered

For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...

200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled

Bronze
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$2.75 / month
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Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$3.75 / month
 

The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day hosting market is... Period.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution

Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Downside No.1: A moronic domain folder arrangement

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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)
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 confused? We surely are!

Inconvenience Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement

The e-mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.

Downside Number Three: An utter shortage of domain name management menus

Do we have to mention the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...

Downside Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max 3)

What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing tool (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).

Inconvenience Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... promptly

cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:

As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...