How cPanel Website Hosting Functions
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most web hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing 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)
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 growing nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Downside No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Drawback Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to cite the entire deficiency of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for another login to use the billing, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. At times, based on the billing platform (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...