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What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?

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For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...

200,000 "Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded

The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands across the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.

The Hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...

The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based Hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled most web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Predicament No.1: A foolish domain folder system

If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 growing bewildered? We surely are!

Disadvantage Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup

The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.

Weak Side Number Three: A total shortage of domain administration sections

Do we have to cite the complete absence of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to add...

Weak Point Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)

What about the demand for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoicing platform (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting corporation is availing of, the keen clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).

Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to become familiar with... swiftly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting companies:

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

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