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 web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The website 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. Imagine you are only a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered most web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great 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)
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)
Are you becoming puzzled? We clearly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to refer to the entire deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is utilizing, the earnest clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ hosting Control Panel departments to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...