How cPanel Website Hosting Functions
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 remove on the server, because 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 is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 growing confused? We definitely are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Predicament Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we have to cite the utter shortage of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Predicament No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the earnest clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...