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How cPanel Hosting Functions
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 growing baffled? We definitely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Point Number Three: A complete lack of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...