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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...

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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...

The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Drawback Number One: An idiotic domain folder arrangement

If you have two or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system is:

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

Are you growing perplexed? We certainly are!

Shortcoming Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure

The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.

Negative Point Number 3: An entire shortage of domain name administration menus

Do we need to bring up the thorough absence of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...

Weakness No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)

How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).

Weakness Number 5: More than 120 Control Panel departments to become familiar with... promptly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:

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