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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?

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For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on the present hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...

Two hundred thousand "Web Hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded

The Web Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Period.

The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Web Hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all website hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weak Point No.1: An idiotic domain folder system

If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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)
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 confused? We undoubtedly are!

Weak Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration

The mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.

Disadvantage Number 3: An absolute absence of domain name manipulation interfaces

Do we have to point out the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...

Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max 3)

How about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Web Hosting company. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel Web Hosting distributor is availing of, the devoted customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).

Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... quickly

cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting service providers:

As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...

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