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cPanel Web Hosting Explained

For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...

200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled

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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...

The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Disadvantage Number 1: A moronic domain name folder setup

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 growing confused? We positively are!

Predicament Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure

The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.

Negative Point Number 3: A sheer lack of domain management options

Do we need to refer to the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to add...

Problem No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)

How about the need for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).

Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... swiftly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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