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What is cPanel Website Hosting?

For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...

200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named

The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.

The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...

The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Inconvenience No.1: A dumb domain folder setup

If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete entirely 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 domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 disorientated? We definitely are!

Negative Point No.2: The very same mail folder configuration

The email folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.

Drawback No.3: A complete shortage of domain administration GUIs

Do we have to point out the entire absence of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...

Predicament Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, max 3)

What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is using, the avid users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).

Downside Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... swiftly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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