How cPanel Website Hosting Functions
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled most web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 becoming disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to cite the utter lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the keen customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...