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What is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present website hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...

200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled

The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present hosting market is... Period.

The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...

The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution

Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Drawback No.1: A moronic domain name folder setup

If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 perplexed? We absolutely are!

Downside Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup

The mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.

Inconvenience No.3: A sheer lack of domain manipulation options

Do we have to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...

Negative Side No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)

How about the need for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).

Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to learn... fast

cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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