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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?

For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...

Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled

The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment 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 more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...

The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met most website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Downside Number 1: A moronic domain name folder structure

If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite 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 name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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 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 disorientated? We unquestionably are!

Negative Aspect Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement

The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.

Problem Number Three: A complete absence of domain manipulation options

Do we need to cite the total deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...

Drawback Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)

What about the need for another login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the zealous clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).

Negative Sign No.5: 120+ website hosting CP departments to become familiar with... briskly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.

With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:

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