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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?

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For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Website Hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Website Hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...

200,000 "Website Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled

The Website Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.

The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...

The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based Website Hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Side Number 1: An idiotic domain folder setup

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to remove completely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
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 getting baffled? We undoubtedly are!

Drawback No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration

The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.

Weak Point Number Three: A sheer absence of domain administration user interfaces

Do we have to mention the complete shortage of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...

Problem Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum 3)

What about the need for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Website Hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel Website Hosting corporation is using, the avid customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).

Weak Point No.5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... quickly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Website Hosting suppliers:

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

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