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What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...

Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled

The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution

Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Disadvantage No.1: A dumb domain folder system

If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 getting disorientated? We surely are!

Downside Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement

The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.

Drawback No.3: An absolute lack of domain manipulation GUIs

Do we need to refer to the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...

Downside Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum three)

How about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).

Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... quickly

cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.

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

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