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Explanation of cPanel Hosting

For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...

200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named

The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's hosting market is... Period.

The hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...

The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Aspect Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure is:

public_html (here is situated)
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 growing baffled? We positively are!

Downside No.2: The same e-mail folder system

The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.

Shortcoming Number Three: A complete absence of domain administration GUIs

Do we have to point out the sheer absence of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...

Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, max 3)

How about the need for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).

Weak Point No.5: 120+ website hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... swiftly

cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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