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What is cPanel Web Hosting?

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For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel Web Hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...

200,000 "Web Hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled

The Web Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.

The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...

The positive and negative points of the cPanel Web Hosting solution

Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Aspect Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 getting bewildered? We absolutely are!

Weakness Number Two: The same mail folder structure

The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.

Weak Side Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name administration options

Do we need to mention the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...

Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)

What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Web Hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).

Predicament Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to become familiar with... rapidly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, 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? Mark that one as well...

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