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What is cPanel Web Hosting?

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For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...

Two hundred thousand "Web Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named

The Web Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.

The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...

The pluses and minuses of the cPanel Web Hosting solution

Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weakness Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement

If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete entirely 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 quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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 growing perplexed? We absolutely are!

Negative Sign No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure

The mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.

Negative Point Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain name administration GUIs

Do we need to cite the sheer absence of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...

Negative Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)

How about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Web Hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel Web Hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).

Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... rapidly

cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.

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

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

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