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How cPanel Hosting Functions
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on today's website hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied most web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
Are you growing baffled? We absolutely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Drawback Number 3: A total lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the entire shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage 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" GUI at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...