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How cPanel Website Hosting Functions
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web 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 is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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)
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)
Are you getting confused? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Drawback Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to bring up the total absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Problem No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the eager users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...