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How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's web hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete fully 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 becoming confused? We doubtlessly are!
Problem No.2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Downside No.3: A thorough shortage of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to bring up the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the billing tool (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is utilizing, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...