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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?

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For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the present web hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...

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

The Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present hosting market is... Full stop.

The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met all web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Disadvantage No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure

If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to erase 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 easy to remove on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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)

Are you becoming nonplussed? We unquestionably are!

Disadvantage Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration

The email folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.

Downside Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation tools

Do we have to point out the entire absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...

Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max three)

How about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain and technical support management section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Hosting company is using, the keen users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).

Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... swiftly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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

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