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What Actually is cPanel Hosting?

For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...

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

Regular
Unlimited storage
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5 websites hosted
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$3.92 / month
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.

The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...

The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution

Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled most website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Sign Number One: A dumb domain name folder system

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)

Are you getting nonplussed? We categorically are!

Weakness Number Two: The same mail folder configuration

The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.

Weak Point Number 3: A complete absence of domain name management tools

Do we have to bring up the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...

Negative Aspect Number 4: Many login locations (min two, max 3)

How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the earnest clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).

Shortcoming No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to pick up... briskly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.

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

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