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What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?

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For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...

Two hundred thousand "Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named

The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in

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

The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel Hosting solution

Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Drawback No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement

If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase fully 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, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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)

Are you becoming nonplussed? We definitely are!

Negative Sign Number 2: The same mail folder structure

The email folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.

Disadvantage No.3: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation menus

Do we have to bring up the absolute deficiency of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...

Negative Point Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, max 3)

How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).

Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... quickly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.

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

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

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