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cPanel Website Hosting Explained

For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...

200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled

The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.

The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...

The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Predicament Number 1: An idiotic domain folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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)
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 puzzled? We definitely are!

Weakness No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup

The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.

Downside Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name management GUIs

Do we need to point out the utter absence of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unpardonable one, we want to add...

Weak Point Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)

How about the demand for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).

Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... rapidly

cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.

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

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