What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
Did you know that most web hosting services
you find today are offered by a small group of businesses called reseller hosting providers? They all pretty much provide the same service, known as cPanel web hosting. This means there's not much variety, and the prices are all very similar. In fact, out of over 200,000 web hosting companies worldwide, less than 2% offer something other than cPanel. So, essentially, YOU have very little choice when it comes to web hosting – until now.
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$12.92 / month
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$5.58 / month
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains
and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name
to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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)
Are you growing perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to point out the entire deficiency of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable problem. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the keen customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...