How cPanel Website Hosting Functions
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on today's web hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one 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%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase 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 very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domains, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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 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 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 confused? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point No.2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Shortcoming No.3: An absolute absence of domain name administration menus
Do we need to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty CP menus to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...