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cPanel Website Hosting Explained

For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...

200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named

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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...

The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Predicament Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 getting bewildered? We surely are!

Downside Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration

The e-mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.

Weak Side No.3: An entire deficiency of domain management tools

Do we have to bring up the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...

Weakness No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)

How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the zealous customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).

Weakness No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to grasp... promptly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:

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