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How cPanel Hosting Functions
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 getting confused? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament Number 2: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Downside Number 3: A total deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...