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How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most website hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove fully 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 delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 baffled? We definitely are!
Negative Point No.2: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Disadvantage Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...