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What Actually is cPanel Hosting?

For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need 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 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...

Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named

The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of 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 simply a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...

The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered most website hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weakness Number One: A dumb domain name folder arrangement

If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 easy to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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 name)

Are you getting bewildered? We undeniably are!

Shortcoming Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement

The email folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.

Drawback No.3: An entire absence of domain management GUIs

Do we need to refer to the complete deficiency of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...

Negative Point No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max 3)

How about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).

Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to learn... swiftly

cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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