How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Inconvenience No.3: An absolute absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to cite the complete absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: 120+ web hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...