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What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?

For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...

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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...

The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled all website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Inconvenience Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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 name)
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)

Are you growing bewildered? We undoubtedly are!

Disadvantage Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup

The mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.

Downside Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain administration options

Do we have to refer to the sheer shortage of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...

Predicament No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)

What about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction system (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the eager customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).

Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to get familiar with... swiftly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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