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How cPanel Hosting Functions
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the current web hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met most website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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 disorientated? We undeniably are!
Weakness No.2: The very same mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number 3: An utter lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to refer to the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...