How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered all website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase entirely 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 domain names are quite easy to remove on the 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 located 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. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We categorically are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Downside No.3: An absolute shortage of domain administration sections
Do we need to mention the absolute absence of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable problem. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting firm. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...