What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel Web Hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "Web Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 becoming confused? We categorically are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number 3: A total lack of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to cite the entire lack of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major downside. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Web Hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel Web Hosting provider is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting vendors:
As far as we know, 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|
|30-Day Free Trial||30-Day Free Trial||30-Day Free Trial||30-Day Free Trial|
|$3.75 / month||$7.50 / month||$9.99 / month||$2.75 / month|