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cPanel Hosting Unmasked

For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled

Starter
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
A$4.85 / month
Basic
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
A$6.61 / month
 

The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Period.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...

The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Inconvenience No.1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because 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 name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 becoming perplexed? We certainly are!

Problem Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement

The mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.

Problem No.3: A sheer shortage of domain name management GUIs

Do we need to bring up the thorough absence of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...

Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)

What about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).

Weak Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... rapidly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:

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