Recently, cPanel which is known as the most used control panel for the web hosts throughout the world has announced a shocking change to its license pricing. The cPanel new price structure has started a new debate throughout the industry because the price of any kind of hosting service powered by the cPanel control panel will also be increased.
What is cPanel Account or User?
A cPanel account also known as a cPanel user is an Account generated by the root administrator or reseller that logs into the cPanel interface to manage their website. The root administrator or reseller typically creates these accounts.
Why cPanel Changed Price Structure?
The company says it aims to be as clear as possible with their prices. They want to clarify the process of adding new servers and make it more comfortable to become a cPanel customer. Furthermore, they want to provide licenses that target smaller instances, opening up a new revenue possibility for their clients.
cPanel New Price Structure
Previously, the company was offering three types of tiers for its users to enjoy. cPanel Solo, at $15/month, cPanel and WHM VPS at $20/month (or $200/year), or a dedicated version focused at larger web hosts for $45/month or $425/year.
The plans have now been renamed to Admin, Pro and Premier. Now, the price offered by cPanel for an Admin license is $20 per month for up to 5 accounts on the server. For accounts between 6 to 30 that fall in the Pro category, the price is $30 for a month and accounts between 31 and 100 accounts which is Premier plan, the price is $45 per month. If you want more than 100 accounts then the price for every account after that would cost you $0.20 per month.
Let’s try to understand this new price hike with an example. For instance, a client with a dedicated server has 2100 accounts. According to the previous cPanel price structure, the cost for cPanel was $31.95 per month. But now with the cPanel new price structure, the client will have to pay $425 per month for 2100 accounts. Here is a pdf summary provided by the company explaining the benefits of cPanel new price structure.
The reaction of Web Hosting Companies
cPanel grew very successful due to its partnership with LiteSpeed, Softaculous, JetBackup, PHP Selector, CloudLinux, CageFS, Imunify360, and a few others. This supported cPanel to become reliable, protected, more agile and full of features.
Because of this unexpected increment in price, cPanel suffered a huge backfire from the web hosting companies. Here are some of those feedbacks:
Due to the 800%+ price increase from @cPanel we are considering the migration to DirectAdmin at a significantly less cost.— SonicFast (@SonicFast9) June 27, 2019
Tomorrow updates will follow.
I hope @cPanel reconsider the disproportionate price increase.
We have stopped issuing new @cPanel licenses in effect immediately. Once they figure out whether they will add a 200%+ increase to us and our customers immediately (as originally emailed) or give us extra time (as updated w/o notification in our manage2 portal)...— INIZ.COM (@inizcom) June 27, 2019
Luckily, there are various options available for control panels in the market that will help you to fulfill your requirements. The web server can also be configured using the command line but it isn’t likely for everyone to use complicated code. It’s completely easy to use a graphical interface and configure the server.
Here are some of the well know cPanel alternatives that you may consider: