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cPanel Website Hosting Revealed

For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...

200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded

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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...

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

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Negative Sign Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement

If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure is:

public_html (here is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of
public_html/ (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)

Are you growing confused? We unquestionably are!

Problem Number 2: The very same mail folder structure

The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.

Weak Side No.3: A complete lack of domain administration menus

Do we have to bring up the absolute shortage of a modern domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...

Weak Point No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)

How about the demand for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is utilizing, the eager customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).

Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... rapidly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:

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