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What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?

For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...

200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled

The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...

The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Shortcoming Number One: A dumb domain folder setup

If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 bewildered? We absolutely are!

Weakness Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement

The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.

Drawback No.3: A total lack of domain administration options

Do we need to mention the sheer lack of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...

Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum three)

What about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).

Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... quickly

cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.

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

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