What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel Web Hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "Web Hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered all web hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 getting baffled? We clearly are!
Drawback No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number 3: A total lack of domain administration options
Do we have to point out the utter absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number 4: Many login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Web Hosting supplier. At times, depending on the billing platform (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...
|Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||300 MB storage|
|Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||1000 MB bandwidth|
|Unlimited websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||5 websites hosted||1 website hosted|
|$24.95 / month||$14.95 / month||$7.95 / month||$5.95 / month|