How cPanel Hosting Functions
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to delete fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
Are you getting puzzled? We absolutely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Downside No.3: An utter deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to refer to the entire absence of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the ardent customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ Control Panel departments to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...