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How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered all website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Weak Point Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the utter deficiency of a modern domain management tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 hosting CP departments to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...