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What is cPanel Website Hosting?

For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...

200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded

The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in

Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...

The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Predicament Number One: A stupid domain folder setup

If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because 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 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. Decide for yourself how fabulous 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)
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 bewildered? We surely are!

Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement

The mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too severely.

Weak Point No.3: An utter lack of domain management interfaces

Do we need to bring up the thorough deficiency of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...

Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max three)

How about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting vendor. At times, depending on the billing system (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting supplier is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).

Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to learn... fast

cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, 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? Remark that one as well...