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What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded

The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...

The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Side No.1: A moronic domain name folder setup

If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)

Are you growing baffled? We definitely are!

Shortcoming No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement

The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.

Weak Point No.3: A sheer lack of domain administration sections

Do we need to refer to the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...

Negative Aspect No.4: Many login places (minimum 2, max 3)

What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting service provider is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).

Drawback Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... promptly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:

As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...