What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The Hosting "variety" and the website 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 web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to remove fully 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 quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Aspect No.3: A thorough lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to refer to the complete absence of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Hosting distributor. At times, based on the billing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Hosting vendor is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...
|Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage|
|Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth|
|1 website hosted||5 websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted|
|$2.92 / month||$3.75 / month||$8.33 / month||$12.00 / month|