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cPanel Web Hosting Defined

For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...

200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named

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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...

The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Sign Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration

If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to remove 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 domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 becoming baffled? We absolutely are!

Predicament Number Two: The same email folder structure

The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.

Predicament Number 3: An absolute absence of domain administration options

Do we need to bring up the utter shortage of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...

Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)

What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).

Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ hosting Control Panel sections to learn... swiftly

cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.

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

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