The Latest CPanel Pricing Upgrade
Posted by RAJU K on 03 July 2019 10:00 PM
The Latest CPanel Pricing Upgrade
We would urge all customers to read through this article in full to find out what, if any, impact it will have on your hosting account.
The recent announcement of cPanel has crippled the world of web hosting providers. Due to the introduction of the new pricing scheme of cPanel, their customers’ businesses have been devastated impacted. So, the condition of the web hosting providers has been really freaking out at the moment. Every hosting company from small to big providers are going upside down.
What’s Going On!?
In early 2019 cPanel (#1 web hosting panel) were bought out by a venture capitalist group named Oakley Capital. Oakley Capital already had a business portfolio that contained a number of web hosting companies as well as the Plesk control panel. With their purchase of cPanel they have effectively taken full control of the web hosting control panel market.
Most web hosts were expecting the price of cPanel licenses to increase after this takeover but not by the amount that was announced this past Thursday.
What’s The New Pricing?
In the past cPanel always used a simple pricing structure with a flat rate for a VPS license and a flat rate for a Dedicated Server license. This flat rate was applicable regardless of the number of accounts hosted on a server.
This has now all changed as the new pricing model is based on the number of accounts running on each server. This means that the license cost for some servers will increase by as much as 800% and for some VPS and Dedicated Server clients the new cost of the cPanel license will be more than you currently pay for your VPS/Server.
Previously our cost price for a cPanel VPS license was between $12.95 and $14.95 per month and the cost for a Dedicated cPanel license was between $30.95 and $34.95 per month.
The cheapest license now offered by cPanel is $20 per month for a VPS license with up to 5 accounts on the server. If you have between 5 and 30 accounts on a VPS the price goes up to $30 per month and then up again to $45 per month for between 30 and 100 accounts.
If you have more than 100 accounts on a VPS then the price increases by $0.20 per month, per account.
Dedicated Server licenses now start at $45 per month for up to 100 cPanel accounts and then $0.20 per month for any accounts over 100.
As an extreme example as to how this price increase could affect you, we have one client with 1,139 accounts on their Dedicated Server. With the old cPanel pricing the cost for the cPanel license was $31.95 per month. With the new pricing that cost rises to $220.85 per month JUST FOR THE CPANEL LICENSE.
How Will This Impact Me?
This will depend on the kind of hosting plan you are on. Please read through the information below to see how we plan to proceed.
Linux Shared Hosting Accounts – At the present time we have no plans to increase the price of our plans. Things may change depending on how the situation develops with cPanel in the coming days but the current plan is to leave these prices unchanged.
Reseller Hosting/Multi Site Hosting Accounts – Reseller hosting clients will feel the impact of cPanel account based pricing. We will however have to place limits on the number of cPanel accounts that can be created under each reseller plan for obvious reasons.
We are yet to come to a decision on what the limits will be as we are still going through all accounts to check the usage but we will make sure that these are above the industry standard.
VPS/Dedicated Server Clients – VPS and Dedicated Server clients will feel the impact of this price increase the most. We will be contacting clients on an individual basis over the next 14 days to outline what the new cPanel license cost will be going forward and how they would like to proceed.
What are the options for Reseller and VPS Hosting will be:
1. Continue to use cPanel for your VPS/Reseller Hosting and pay the cost increase based on number of cPanel accounts you host.
2. We can move you over to DirectAdmin control panel. This will mean you will see no increase in the cost of your plan as the DirectAdmin pricing is pretty much inline with current cPanel pricing but we would have to build a new VPS/Server for you and then perform a migration of accounts. There may be a small charge for this depending on how many accounts there are to move as it requires quite a lot of staff time.
What is DirectAdmin?
DirectAdmin is a web hosting control panel that has been around for 15+ years and whilst it has nowhere near the market share of cPanel or Plesk it’s still a very capable control panel with a good track record. It doesn’t have the same number of features as cPanel but it does the basics very well and we’re happy to recommend it to clients that don’t want to accept the cPanel price hike.
It already integrates with CloudLinux, Softaculous and other things that you will be familiar with. It also has a fairly straightforward cPanel migration path.
You can view a demo of DirectAdmin here, and if you think the interface may take quite a bit of getting used to they plan the release this new skin in the next couple of weeks that should make cPanel users feel at home.
Going forward all new VPS and Dedicated Server orders will be provisioned with DirectAdmin rather than cPanel based on the fact that cPanel have made it impossible to know how much a cPanel license is going to cost us on a month to month basis. It could be anything from $45 to $450+!
Note: This is one of the shocking news in hosting industry. Took us a while to understand their super complicated pricing structure. FastWebHost is evaluating the per account licensing approach and alternative plans. Our customers are the most important thing, and we are working hard to determine how to make these changes manageable.
We hope to have updates in the coming days.