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What is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...

200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled

Economy
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$7.92 / month
Deluxe
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$11.42 / month
 

The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's hosting market is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...

The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied most web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Aspect Number 1: A moronic domain folder setup

If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 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 growing puzzled? We certainly are!

Negative Aspect No.2: The very same email folder configuration

The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.

Negative Sign No.3: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation options

Do we have to point out the total absence of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...

Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max three)

How about the need for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).

Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to learn... promptly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:

As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...