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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...

200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled

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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current hosting market is... Full stop.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...

The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Inconvenience Number One: A stupid domain name folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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)
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 confused? We certainly are!

Disadvantage No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup

The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too badly.

Drawback Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain administration menus

Do we need to refer to the entire lack of a modern domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...

Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)

How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).

Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... fast

cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:

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