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How cPanel Website Hosting Functions
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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 getting disorientated? We undeniably are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Predicament Number Three: A total absence of domain management tools
Do we need to refer to the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge predicament. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing tool (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is making use of, the ardent customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ Control Panel menus to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...