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What is cPanel Web Hosting?

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For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel Web Hosting offers on today's website hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...

Two hundred thousand "Web Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded

The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.

The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Web Hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Weak Side Number 1: A foolish domain folder arrangement

If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We surely are!

Negative Sign Number 2: The very same mail folder setup

The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.

Weak Side Number Three: An utter shortage of domain name administration user interfaces

Do we have to cite the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...

Negative Sign No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)

What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Web Hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel Web Hosting vendor is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).

Weakness No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to learn... briskly

cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.

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

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

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