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What is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same services: mainly 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 market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...

Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled

The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Period.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in

Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...

The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered all website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Side Number 1: A foolish domain folder arrangement

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Verify for yourself how terrific 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)
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 name)

Are you getting confused? We certainly are!

Problem Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement

The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.

Shortcoming Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain administration tools

Do we have to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to add...

Weakness Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, max three)

How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).

Negative Point No.5: More than 120 Control Panel menus to learn... fast

cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.

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

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