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How cPanel Website Hosting Functions
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present website hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). 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 well known 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. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 becoming nonplussed? We surely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Negative Side Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to bring up the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the avid users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...