How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing 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 puzzled? We surely are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point No.3: An entire deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to bring up the entire absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament No.4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the avid clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...