What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offers on today's web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "Web Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The Web Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brands worldwide will give you the very same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great 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)
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 growing puzzled? We surely are!
Problem No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Weakness Number Three: A sheer absence of domain management interfaces
Do we have to refer to the thorough absence of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a great predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Web Hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel Web Hosting provider is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...
|Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage|
|Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth|
|5 websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||1 website hosted|
|$5.75 / month||$9.67 / month||$13.33 / month||$3.83 / month|