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How cPanel Website Hosting Functions
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally 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 website hosting offers on the whole hosting market provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all website hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 getting baffled? We certainly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number Three: A sheer absence of domain name administration sections
Do we have to point out the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...