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How cPanel Hosting Functions
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 baffled? We surely are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number Three: An utter absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to cite the utter shortage of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoicing system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the avid clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...