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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...

200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named

The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.

The hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...

The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Point Number 1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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)

Are you getting confused? We doubtlessly are!

Negative Aspect No.2: The same email folder system

The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.

Weak Side Number Three: An utter absence of domain name administration tools

Do we need to cite the utter absence of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...

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

What about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the earnest users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).

Downside No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to learn... rapidly

cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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