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What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...

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

The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...

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

Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all web hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weak Point Number One: A stupid domain folder structure

If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 name)

Are you becoming nonplussed? We positively are!

Weakness Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure

The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.

Problem Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain management menus

Do we need to refer to the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to add...

Negative Sign No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max 3)

How about the demand for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the avid clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).

Predicament Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... swiftly

cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.

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

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