cPanel Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "Hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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 terrific cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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)
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 getting perplexed? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the entire absence of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Hosting vendor is making use of, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting corporations:
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|
|$2.99 / month||$3.82 / month||$7.66 / month||$10.07 / month|