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cPanel Web Hosting Unmasked

For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...

200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named

Standard
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$3.75 / month
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Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$8.33 / month
 

The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Aspect Number One: A laughable domain name folder setup

If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, 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 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 becoming puzzled? We undeniably are!

Drawback Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration

The e-mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.

Inconvenience No.3: A total deficiency of domain name management user interfaces

Do we need to mention the complete lack of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...

Negative Sign Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)

How about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the earnest customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).

Inconvenience Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... fast

cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:

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