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What is cPanel Hosting?

For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...

200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded

The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...

The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution

Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Weak Side Number One: A foolish domain folder arrangement

If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete 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 quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 growing baffled? We surely are!

Inconvenience No.2: The very same mail folder configuration

The mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.

Negative Side No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management menus

Do we have to point out the complete absence of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...

Problem No.4: Many login locations (min two, max 3)

How about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).

Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... swiftly

cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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