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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?

For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...

Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named

Business
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$7.17 / month
Corporate
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$10.50 / month
 

The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...

The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weak Side Number 1: A laughable domain name folder system

If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 bewildered? We undoubtedly are!

Weak Side Number 2: The very same mail folder setup

The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.

Weak Side Number 3: An entire lack of domain name manipulation GUIs

Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's a great drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...

Negative Point Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)

How about the need for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing tool (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is making use of, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).

Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... briskly

cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:

As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...