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Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting

For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...

200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled

The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...

The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution

Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Predicament Number 1: A moronic domain folder system

If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 domains, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder system is:

public_html (here is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of
public_html/ (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)

Are you becoming confused? We absolutely are!

Negative Sign No.2: The very same mail folder structure

The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.

Weak Side No.3: A complete lack of domain manipulation user interfaces

Do we need to point out the absolute lack of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...

Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum three)

How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing tool (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).

Negative Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... rapidly

cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:

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