The not so cool decision by most famous control panel company cPanel has shaken away whole internet community, users and web hosting providers. cPanel has recently announced a different pricing structure to use cPanel.
All web hosting providers are calculating the increase in price and let us assume if there are 1000 customers on a dedicated server, Price is going to increase 1000 times.
According to cPanel’s new pricing, here’s the breakup for 1000 websites :
$45 for 100 accounts
$0.2 each for 900 accounts
The Unfortunate New Pricing
The pricing is different depending upon the number of accounts. The price for the end user is comparatively higher than the cPanel partners.
For 5 accounts – $20/month
For 30 accounts – $30/month
For 100 accounts – $45/month + $0.20 for each additional account
You can find more information about the latest pricing here.
cPanel Partner Pricing
For 5 accounts – $12.50/month
For 30 accounts – $17.50/month
For 100 accounts – $32/month + $0.10 for each additional account
cPanel Pricing: New vs Old
People are not happy with cPanel for introducing a new pricing model. Let’s see the old and new pricing of cPanel:
cPanel Pricing Earlier
Before it was simply VPS and dedicated pricing.
Latest cPanel Pricing
The new pricing will not make a huge difference to people under 5 Accounts. However, as the accounts increase, cPanel will cost more than the server itself.
Let us now analyze what will be the impact on different types of users because of their new pricing model.
While servers with a single account can go for cPanel solo, and servers with under 5 accounts still get the same price, the overall price for end-user is comparatively higher for servers having more than 5 accounts.
If you are just an end-user who bought shared or reseller hosting from another hosting company, and you do not directly purchase cPanel licenses, then either you will end up paying a higher fee for your hosting or else be forced to use an alternative control panel like InterWorx, DirectAdmin, or Plesk.
2. Shared Hosting Providers or Resellers
The worst affected of the whole lot. Mostly, a shared hosting company will run around 1000 websites on a single VM with the $11/mo cPanel VM license. After the new changes come into effect, their cPanel license costs will rise to $122/mo! That’s a whopping 1000% increase and almost equivalent to their infrastructure or server costs
3. Unmanaged Server Providers
Generally, unmanaged server providers don’t have the access to the server and therefore, didn’t know how many accounts are on running on a server which was fine because the license was per server.
The new pricing model has added an extra layer of efforts for the providers. Now, they need to have a log of how many accounts are being created on a single server, or else they may end up footing the bill of thousands of dollars!
Who is Going to Get The Hardest Hit?
Shared/Reseller Hosting Providers
License holders in price-sensitive countries like Latin America, India, and other South East Asian countries.
Should You Remain With cPanel?
cPanel has innovated over years with a user-friendly UI and a number of integrations
Less time to spend on customer support
No need to migrate data and involve in the risk of data loss
You will avoid downtime caused while migrating data.
With no annual billing, you will face the hassle of monthly invoices, lack of funds, etc.
Substantially increased costs may either make business unviable for a few or the end clients will end up paying extra for these additional costs.
Coping Up with the cPanel Price Rise
If you’re choosing to stay with cPanel, the only solution is to re-evaluate your pricing structure. Only people with 100+ accounts will be hard it. You can transfer the extra 10/20 cents charges to customers.
However, be sure to properly communicate the price changes to customers.
With this unexpected change, people have already started finding alternatives. Some of them are:
cPanel, WHMCS, SolusVM, and Plesk are under the same umbrella – The Oakley Investment.