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What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?

For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...

200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named

The website hosting "diversity" and the website 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 web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.

The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...

The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered most hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Downside Number 1: A laughable domain name folder system

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 getting nonplussed? We unquestionably are!

Weakness No.2: The very same mail folder system

The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.

Weak Point Number Three: An utter absence of domain administration menus

Do we have to cite the complete absence of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...

Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)

What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is using, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).

Problem Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... fast

cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:

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