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What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?

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For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed

The Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...

The pros and cons of the cPanel-based Hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied most web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Downside Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 nonplussed? We undeniably are!

Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup

The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.

Downside Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain management user interfaces

Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...

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

What about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting company is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).

Weakness No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to grasp... promptly

cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting firms:

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

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