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cPanel Hosting Disclosed

For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...

Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded

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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.

The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...

The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution

Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...

Negative Sign Number One: A foolish domain folder system

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:

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

Are you growing confused? We undoubtedly are!

Weak Side No.2: The very same email folder structure

The email folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.

Negative Side Number 3: A total shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs

Do we need to mention the absolute lack of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...

Downside No.4: Many user login locations (min two, maximum three)

How about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is making use of, the eager clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).

Shortcoming No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... promptly

cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.

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

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