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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP 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 two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...

Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named

The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...

The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most website hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Downside Number One: An imbecilic domain folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to remove 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 very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 becoming nonplussed? We surely are!

Weak Point No.2: The same mail folder system

The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.

Negative Aspect Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation tools

Do we have to mention the complete deficiency of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...

Weak Side No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)

What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the zealous customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).

Negative Sign No.5: 120+ hosting CP departments to get familiar with... promptly

cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:

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