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What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?

For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...

200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named

The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...

The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Sign No.1: A laughable domain folder system

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 growing bewildered? We certainly are!

Predicament Number Two: The same email folder structure

The email folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.

Inconvenience Number 3: An entire lack of domain administration GUIs

Do we have to cite the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...

Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)

What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is making use of, the eager clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).

Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... rapidly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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