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The Nature of cPanel Web Hosting

cPanel site hosting or... cPanel-based web site hosting?!?

For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market offer the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named

The web site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

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Price Per Month $5.95
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Server Space 20 GB Unlimited
Monthly Traffic 200 GB Unlimited
Hosted Hostnames 1 Unlimited
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FTP Accounts 10 Unlimited
E-mail Boxes Unlimited Unlimited

The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...

The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution

Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Disadvantage Number 1: A moronic domain folder structure

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to remove fully 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 very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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)

Are you getting confused? We clearly are!

Negative Aspect Number Two: The sameelectronic mail folder configuration

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 admin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.

Problem Number 3: A complete shortage of domain management tools

Do we have to refer to the utter absence of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...

Weakness No.4: Many login locations (min two, max three)

How about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).

Negative Sign Number 5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel menus to learn... promptly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting service providers:

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