On June 27, 2019, cPanel announced a massive price increase and a complete change to their billing model.
If you use Twitter, then search for cpanel and you will see the massive Twitter backlash cPanel is currently undergoing regarding these changes. If you want to join in on the discussion, you can also join the web hosting talk & Reddit discussions at the links below:
cPanel was acquired by a group led by Oakley Capital, last year, since then we knew the price change was about to come but the change they have announced could increase the license cost to 20x for some of the companies.
To understand how this price change will affect you, let’s see this example below:
cPanel Pricing Earlier Vs cPanel Pricing Now
cPanel Pricing Earlier
So far CPANEL has a simple license model,
$15 per month for VPS/CLOUD Licenses – Unlimited Users & Domains
$35 for Dedicated servers – Unlimited Users & Domains
With this price change, they have completely removed the concept of unlimited users and have introduced a new layer which works on per user basis. This would force all hosting companies to re-evaluate their entire business model and customers must address this complete change in just two months, as new pricing will be effective September 15, 2019.
Here’s what used to be the old price of CPanel
Latest cPanel Pricing
cPanel in its account-based pricing has added 3 tiers to its new pricing model. Please note that here Cloud means VPS & Metal means Dedicated server. Let’s understand this with different situations and understand how you will be priced differently now.
Suppose you have 100 Websites (with cPanel each) hosted on your VPS a.k.a Cloud. Earlier as we saw, you were billed just 20$/month, but now you will be billed $45/month.
So what cPanel has done is they have introduced 3 plans and distinguished them on the basis of the number of accounts (cPanel) hosted on the Cloud/metal.
The 3 Plans are:
- Admin – For up to 5 accounts – $20/month
- Pro – For up to 30 accounts – $30/month
- Premier – For up to 100 accounts – $45/month + $0.20 for each additional account
(i.e. over and above 100 accounts)
Here if you carefully see the pricing, there is no restriction on the number of cPanel accounts that can be added on a VPS or Dedicated Server.
With old prices of Cpanel:
If you had 300 cPanel users on your VPS, the price of license was flat US$ 15 Per Month and no restriction on users.
With new prices of cPanel on your VPS
If you have 300 cPanel users on your VPS, Your new price would be:
$ 45 per month for 100 cPanel users + 20 Cents per month for each cPanel user per month. With 300 cPanel users, your new billing would now convert to
$ 45 + $ 40 = $ 85 Per month (That’s almost 4x of your monthly fee)
Also, another thing to keep in mind is that if you are a Cloud user, you can choose from Admin, Pro or Premier plan as per your requirement, but if you are a Metal (dedicated server user), you have to start with a premier plan.
How to Cope Up with the cPanel Price Rise
Here are some measures that can help you save money by reducing cost on cPanel Licensing:
Migrate to a cPanel Alternative
This option might seem challenging, but it is the only way to go forward if you want to reduce your prices and have the option of unlimited accounts. There are four predominant control panels, cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, and Interworx. All of these options have been on the market for a long time and do largely the same things, but there are positives and negatives to each in this scenario. Our Sales team would connect with you to offer the option to migrate to Direct Admin which would work on the same cot.
Deleting unused accounts
Since earlier there were no restrictions on the number of cPanel accounts we could have on a server, we might be having some cPanel accounts that are no longer in use today and just sitting idle. It’s time to delete those accounts and save on your licensing cost.
Q. I want to keep my server with cPanel?
If you are a managed server-client, we will work with you to ensure you can continue to use your preferred hosting control panel, but your price for your license will increase based on the number of accounts you have on the server. We’ll be writing to all clients in the next 7 days to let them know personally, how much this is for them.
Q. I want to move my server to a cPanel Alternative?
We are working on various options and we’ll let you know what options are available in the next 14 days.
Q. I have a Single Account Managed Server?
In that case, nothing would really change for you, you can continue using CPanel for a single user without any price change
Q. I have a Managed Server with many accounts?
You will be affected by this if you have more than 5 cPanel accounts so we will reach out to you in the next 14 days. Any price increase will match exactly the difference in license cost between what we pay today vs what we will pay at change time. If you want to explore a cPanel alternative talk to our team and we can explore a migration for you.
Q. I am a Shared Hosting Client?
In the short-term, nothing should change for you besides a price increase in-line with the number of accounts you have with us. The price change would be close to Rs.250 Per year is what we assume.
Q. I am a Reseller Hosting / Multisite Hosting Client?
We’ll be giving you options to either migrate to a different control panel choice between DirectAdmin/Interworx or you can continue hosting on CPanel by paying Rs.250 Per User account per year hosted on your reseller account.
We’ll keep you posted with more updates, we know you’ll have more questions, you can directly reach out to us at +91-9166554555 or mail us your queries at email@example.com and we will be happy to assist you.