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cPanel Web Hosting Explained

For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...

200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed

The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

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

The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weak Point Number 1: A foolish domain name folder system

If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 getting perplexed? We surely are!

Shortcoming Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure

The e-mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.

Disadvantage Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name manipulation tools

Do we need to mention the total lack of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...

Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max 3)

How about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).

Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... quickly

cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:

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