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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which generates a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...

200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded

Regular
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...

The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Predicament Number One: A laughable domain folder system

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, 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 web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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 name)

Are you getting confused? We undoubtedly are!

Weak Point No.2: The very same email folder configuration

The email folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.

Inconvenience No.3: An absolute shortage of domain name management options

Do we need to mention the utter lack of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...

Weak Point Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)

What about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).

Weak Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to grasp... briskly

cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:

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