What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied most web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 disorientated? We clearly are!
Weakness No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Shortcoming No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to mention the absolute absence of a contemporary domain management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel Hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting vendor is using, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...
|Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage|
|Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth|
|1 website hosted||5 websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted|
|$5.00 / month||$6.67 / month||$12.50 / month||$18.33 / month|