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What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?

For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed

Business
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$4.25 / month
Corporate
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$7.50 / month
 

The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Period.

The hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...

The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution

Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Weak Point Number 1: A moronic domain folder system

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 name)

Are you becoming confused? We certainly are!

Disadvantage No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration

The mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.

Problem No.3: A total absence of domain manipulation options

Do we have to mention the sheer lack of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...

Negative Aspect Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, max three)

How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the billing platform (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is availing of, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).

Weakness Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... quickly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:

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