How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all web hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Weak Point No.3: An absolute absence of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to mention the sheer shortage of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the eager clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...