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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?

For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...

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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.

The hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered most website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Sign Number One: A stupid domain name folder system

If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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)

Are you growing confused? We doubtlessly are!

Weak Point Number Two: The same email folder configuration

The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.

Shortcoming No.3: An utter absence of domain management sections

Do we have to cite the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...

Weakness Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum three)

What about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is availing of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).

Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to get to know... promptly

cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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