What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most website hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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 bewildered? We certainly are!
Problem Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Drawback Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain management sections
Do we need to point out the thorough lack of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the billing transaction platform (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Hosting distributor is availing of, the avid users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting firms:
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 bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth|
|1 website hosted||5 websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted|
|$4.95 / month||$7.95 / month||$12.95 / month|