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How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 puzzled? We positively are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Downside No.3: An utter shortage of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to point out the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing system (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to learn... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...