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What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...

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

The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...

The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Side Number One: A laughable domain name folder system

If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase completely 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 domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are located 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 name)
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 becoming nonplussed? We positively are!

Predicament No.2: The same mail folder setup

The e-mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.

Shortcoming No.3: An entire lack of domain name administration GUIs

Do we have to point out the total shortage of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...

Problem No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)

How about the demand for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the keen customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).

Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... fast

cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:

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