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How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current website hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled all hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely 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 domains are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 name)
Are you getting nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Point No.3: A complete lack of domain management options
Do we have to cite the utter shortage of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Problem Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: 120+ Control Panel menus to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...