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How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met most web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete completely 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 delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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 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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Downside Number 3: A total deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the total deficiency of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Many login places (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the billing, domain and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is availing of, the earnest users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...