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cPanel Web Hosting Clarified

For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...

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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...

The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most website hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Shortcoming Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure

If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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)
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 confused? We unquestionably are!

Weak Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration

The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.

Problem Number Three: A total absence of domain administration GUIs

Do we have to refer to the thorough shortage of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to add...

Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)

How about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the ardent clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).

Disadvantage No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... rapidly

cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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