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cPanel Hosting Clarified

For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. 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 2 percent, remark that one...

200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled

The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.

The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met all web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Downside Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement

If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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)
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 becoming disorientated? We doubtlessly are!

Weak Point Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure

The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.

Negative Point Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name administration tools

Do we have to bring up the utter shortage of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...

Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)

How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the devoted clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).

Negative Sign No.5: More than 120 CP areas to pick up... briskly

cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:

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