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What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?

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For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mainly 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 entire website hosting marketplace furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...

200k "Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named

The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.

The Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...

The pros and cons of the cPanel Hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all website hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Inconvenience No.1: A stupid domain folder setup

If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder system 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 bewildered? We doubtlessly are!

Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup

The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.

Drawback Number Three: An entire lack of domain manipulation GUIs

Do we need to mention the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous downside. An unpardonable one, we want to add...

Inconvenience No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)

What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting service provider is using, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).

Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... quickly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting companies:

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

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