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cPanel Web Hosting Unveiled

For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...

200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named

The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...

The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution

Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Problem No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure

If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete completely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 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 becoming confused? We clearly are!

Weak Point Number Two: The very same email folder configuration

The email folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.

Negative Side Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation interfaces

Do we need to mention the thorough lack of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...

Negative Point No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum 3)

What about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the ardent clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).

Weak Side Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP areas to learn... quickly

cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:

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