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How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met most web hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to remove fully 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 simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 growing disorientated? We categorically are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point No.3: A complete absence of domain administration options
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...