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How cPanel Website Hosting Functions
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system 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)
Are you growing confused? We categorically are!
Downside Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the total absence of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoicing system (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is using, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than 120 CP sections to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...