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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?

cPanel site hosting or... cPanel-based website hosting?!?

For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the present web space hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...

200k "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed

The hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day site hosting market is... Full stop.


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Monthly Fee $5.95
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Server Disk Storage 20 GB Unlimited
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Hosted Domains 1 Unlimited
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FTP Accounts 10 Unlimited
eMail Addresses Unlimited Unlimited

The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of

Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...

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

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

Weak Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder structure

If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder configuration is:


public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)

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)

public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)

public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)

public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)

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 baffled? We doubtlessly are!

Negative Sign Number 2: The very sameelectronic mail folder configuration

The email folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.

Downside Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name management menus

Do we need to point out the complete lack of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...

Drawback Number Four: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)

What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting distributor. At times, depending on the billing tool (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is using, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).

Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP areas to learn... quickly

cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting distributors:

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