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How cPanel Website Hosting Functions
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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)
Are you growing nonplussed? We categorically are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Predicament No.3: An utter shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Drawback No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the eager customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...