Managed WordPress vs. cPanel



Why choose Managed over cPanel

At Liquid Web, like many other web hosts, we have offered a hosting plan that comes with cPanel. If you don't know what cPanel is, it's a control panel that lets you auto-install software and configure it in a lot of different ways.

Our cPanel solution has been optimized for WordPress - to the extent that it makes sense. After all, the cPanel approach is one where we leave you more in charge of your solution. In the old days, this was the only way you had access to the server or database. But our new managed WordPress solution gives you SSH access and the ability to connect to phpMyAdmin, if you need it.

For a long time cPanel was the way to go. Today, however, we think there's a better approach.

Optimizing what you care about most

Our cPanel solution for WordPress gives you the ability to control a lot about your configuration, including:

  • The name of your database & database user
  • The ability to park and redirect domains
  • A way to manage cron jobs
  • Direct access to define MIME types
  • Create email accounts & lists

While there are people who need to do these things, our experience suggests these features aren't what people care about most (except maybe email). It's why we created our own Managed WordPress portal - so you could do the things you care about, without needing cPanel.


Proactive Protection

Our Managed Portal goes beyond a control panel. Whether it's checking code before changing PHP versions, or doing visual comparisons of your site before and after plugin updates, this is not something you get with cPanel.


Performance Improvements

By constraining the environment for consistency, we can introduce performance optimizations that aren't available with your cPanel version - like image compression and optimization. Your site will load so fast you'll think it's magic.


Full Server Access

cPanel used to be the way you got low-level access to your sites. Today we offer SFTP & SSH access to your files and phpMyAdmin access for your database and its tables. Our Managed Portal now gets you all the access you've ever really wanted.

The Caveat

If you have been hosting websites for years using a control panel like cPanel, you may not like the fact that some of the advanced options are no longer available to you. The idea that you'll need to open a support ticket to do what you use to be able to do bothers you. In that case, you may want to continue to use our cPanel WordPress solution.

There's also email. Some people like using cPanel, as mentioned above, because they can create email accounts and lists. This is true and another reason you may want to use our cPanel solution. We do highlight, however, that sending mail from a webserver has its own risks - from security to performance to getting blacklisted.



cPanel vs. Managed WordPress

Features cPanel MWP
The latest version of WordPress (always updated)
SFP & SSH Access
Database (phpMyAdmin) Access
Email Lists and Accounts
Automatic image compression
Plugin updates using visual comparison
Manage multiple sites with iThemes Sync

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2GB RAM vps with cpanel

$89 / Month
Unlimited sites
  • 100 GB SSD Storage
  • 5TB Bandwidth

8GB RAM VPS with cPanel

$229 / Month
unlimited sites
  • 300 GB SSD Storage
  • 5TB Bandwidth

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