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What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?

For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly 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 hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...

Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled

The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.

The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...

The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Downside Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure

If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 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 getting confused? We undeniably are!

Predicament Number Two: The very same mail folder system

The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.

Negative Sign No.3: A total shortage of domain administration menus

Do we have to refer to the total deficiency of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...

Weak Point Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)

How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the enthusiastic users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).

Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to learn... quickly

cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:

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