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How cPanel Website Hosting Functions
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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)
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 becoming confused? We definitely are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Point Number 3: An entire shortage of domain name management options
Do we have to mention the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Many login places (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...