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How cPanel Website Hosting Functions
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/CP option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous problem. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is using, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...