How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed 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. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 definitely are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Weak Point No.3: A total deficiency of domain name management options
Do we need to mention the sheer lack of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...