What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel Hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based Hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 clearly are!
Weakness Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Point No.3: An utter shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we need to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Downside No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting company is availing of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...
|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|
|$3.33 / month||$5.42 / month||$8.75 / month||$11.58 / month|