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What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?

For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...

200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed

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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. 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 give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...

The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution

Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met most web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Disadvantage Number 1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement

If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:

public_html (here is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of
public_html/ (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)

Are you growing confused? We undeniably are!

Weak Point Number Two: The same mail folder system

The e-mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.

Negative Side Number 3: An utter shortage of domain management GUIs

Do we have to refer to the utter lack of a modern domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...

Disadvantage Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)

What about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).

Shortcoming No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to learn... rapidly

cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.

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

As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...