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cPanel Hosting Unmasked

For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled

Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$2.75 / month
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$12.00 / month

The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.

The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in

Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...

The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution

Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all hosting industry preconditions. 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...

Downside Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement

If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very 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 very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)

Are you becoming baffled? We unquestionably are!

Problem Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system

The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.

Negative Sign No.3: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation sections

Do we need to bring up the total deficiency of a modern domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...

Weakness Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)

What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).

Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to memorize... rapidly

cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.

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

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