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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?

For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...

200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named

Starter
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$3.00 / month
Business
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$4.75 / month
 

The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Period.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...

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

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most website hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Aspect Number One: A foolish domain folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, 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 server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 getting baffled? We categorically are!

Problem No.2: The very same email folder structure

The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.

Weak Side No.3: A sheer absence of domain name administration interfaces

Do we need to cite the absolute shortage of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...

Predicament No.4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)

What about the need for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoicing system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).

Negative Sign No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... swiftly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...