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What is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...

200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled

Economy
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$4.17 / month
Ultimate
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$16.67 / month
 

The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...

The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution

Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Point No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration

If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful 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 name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 becoming confused? We surely are!

Disadvantage Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration

The e-mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.

Shortcoming Number Three: An utter absence of domain name manipulation GUIs

Do we have to refer to the complete absence of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...

Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)

What about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).

Disadvantage No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... rapidly

cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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