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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 today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same thing: 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 entire web hosting market furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 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 name)
Are you growing bewildered? We categorically are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same email folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Weak Side Number 3: An entire absence of domain name administration options
Do we have to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the earnest customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP menus to learn... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...