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What is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...

Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded

The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...

The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution

Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied all web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Drawback No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement

If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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 nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!

Inconvenience Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure

The email folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.

Negative Point Number Three: A complete lack of domain name administration interfaces

Do we have to bring up the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to add...

Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, max 3)

What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Now and then, based on the billing platform (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the avid clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).

Negative Point Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel areas to learn... promptly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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