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How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how amazing 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 name)
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)
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 growing nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign No.3: A complete absence of domain name management tools
Do we need to mention the absolute absence of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...