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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...

200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed

The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...

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

Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Sign Number One: A ludicrous domain folder setup

If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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 fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)

Are you growing baffled? We unquestionably are!

Predicament Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration

The email folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.

Negative Aspect Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs

Do we have to refer to the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...

Shortcoming Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, max 3)

How about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).

Problem Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... briskly

cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.

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

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