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How cPanel Hosting Functions
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 puzzled? We clearly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same email folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number Three: A total absence of domain management options
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a great downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is using, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than 120 CP departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...