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cPanel Website Hosting Definition

For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...

200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed

Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
$8.25 / month
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
$16.58 / month

The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...

The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution

Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all web hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...

Disadvantage No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement

If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting 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 is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system is:

public_html (here is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of
public_html/ (an add-on domain)
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 disorientated? We surely are!

Drawback Number 2: The same mail folder structure

The email folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.

Negative Point Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name administration user interfaces

Do we need to cite the complete lack of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...

Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max three)

What about the demand for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the eager clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).

Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP menus to memorize... swiftly

cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:

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