How cPanel Hosting Functions
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met most hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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 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 growing perplexed? We certainly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same email folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Aspect No.3: A complete shortage of domain administration tools
Do we need to refer to the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the keen users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...