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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 current website hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, 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 two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...

200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled

The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...

The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met most web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Sign Number 1: A dumb domain name folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 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)

Are you becoming nonplussed? We certainly are!

Predicament Number 2: The same email folder structure

The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.

Problem Number 3: A total shortage of domain name management user interfaces

Do we need to bring up the complete shortage of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...

Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum three)

What about the need for another login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the eager users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).

Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... swiftly

cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.

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

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