What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Website Hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Website Hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "Website Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The Website Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based Website Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to delete entirely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are located 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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)
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 nonplussed? We positively are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Predicament No.3: A complete shortage of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to mention the entire lack of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Website Hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel Website Hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: 120+ Control Panel menus to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Website Hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...
|10000 MB storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage|
|100 GB bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth|
|1 website hosted||5 websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||1 website hosted|
|$6.50 / month||$7.50 / month||$12.50 / month||$16.50 / month||$2.75 / month|