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What is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...

200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named

Starter
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$6.25 / month
Value
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$8.08 / month
 

The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.

The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...

The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution

Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Shortcoming Number 1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement

If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder configuration is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 getting perplexed? We positively are!

Predicament Number Two: The same mail folder structure

The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.

Weakness Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name management tools

Do we need to point out the complete deficiency of a modern domain management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...

Negative Aspect No.4: Many login locations (min 2, max three)

How about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is making use of, the keen clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).

Weakness Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... rapidly

cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.

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

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