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What is cPanel Hosting?

For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...

200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed

The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...

The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Weak Side Number One: A dumb domain folder system

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are located 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 placed 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 great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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)

Are you growing perplexed? We definitely are!

Negative Sign Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement

The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.

Negative Aspect No.3: A thorough shortage of domain management GUIs

Do we need to mention the complete lack of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to add...

Drawback Number 4: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)

What about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).

Drawback Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... briskly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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