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Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting

For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...

200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded

The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations 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 around the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...

The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Point No.1: A dumb domain folder configuration

If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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)
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 categorically are!

Downside Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration

The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.

Drawback Number 3: An entire shortage of domain administration tools

Do we have to cite the total absence of a contemporary domain management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...

Negative Sign No.4: Many login places (minimum two, maximum three)

What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the billing system (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management system; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).

Predicament No.5: More than 120 hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... swiftly

cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.

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

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