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What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?

For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...

Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named

The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...

The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered most hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Disadvantage No.1: An idiotic domain folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)

Are you growing confused? We unquestionably are!

Downside No.2: The same email folder system

The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.

Predicament Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain management sections

Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...

Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max 3)

What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the avid users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).

Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... briskly

cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:

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