All You Need to Know About the cPanel Price Hike


What’s the Buzz?

In the last week of June 2019, cPanel made an important announcement about their pricing structure for their Partners, Distributors and store customers. Previously the pricing model was per the server which they have now changed to per-account model.

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Long ago, some 20+ years back when cPanel defined its pricing structure, the servers were not that powerful as they are on today’s date. All this is because of the constant developments in the hardware sector and optimization in the cPanel software. Therefore, multiple websites can run on a single processor system. Because of this, they have aligned themselves with ever-increasing technology.

What’s Going On?

At the beginning of the year 2019, cPanel was taken over by a venture capitalist group- Oakley Capital. This company had a business portfolio already which comprised of several web hosting companies and Plesk control panel. After their purchase of cPanel, they have competently seized complete control of the web hosting market for the control panel.

The web hosting providers predicted the increase in the price of cPanel licenses but didn’t expect the amount that was announced on 27th June 2019.

cPanel Pricing: New vs Old

Earlier, the price of cPanel VPS license ranged from $12.95 and $14.95 for a month and for dedicated cPanel license was between $30.95 and $34.95 every month.

According to the new pricing structure, people having less than 5 accounts will not have much of a huge difference with the pricing. But, as the number of the account grows the cost of the cPanel will increase.

Currently, the price offered by cPanel for a VPS license is $20 per month for up to 5 accounts on the server. For accounts between 5 to 30, the price is $30 for a month and for accounts between 30 and 100 accounts, the price is $45 per month. If you need more than 100 accounts then the price for every account after that would be $0.20 per month.

The price of the dedicated server starts at $45 per month for account size up to 100 posts which is $0.20 per month for each account.

To help you understand the pricing structure in a better way let’s consider an example where a client having a dedicated server has 1100 accounts. With the previous cPanel pricing structure, the cost for cPanel was $31.95 per month. But now, with the new pricing, the client will have to pay $245 per month for cPanel license.

Impact on Web Hosting Community

cPanel became highly popular due to its collaboration with LiteSpeed, Softaculous, JetBackup, PHP Selector, CloudLinux, CageFS, Imunify360 and a few more. This helped cPanel to become reliable, secure, faster and full of features.

Because of this sudden hike in price, cPanel faced a major backfire from the web hosting providers.
They received negative responses from the Twitteratis too with a lot of aggression and most of them making threats to switch to alternative options for control panels.

They received negative responses from the Twitteratis too with a lot of aggression and most of them making threats to switch to alternative options for control panels.

Here are some of those feedbacks:

One of the web hosting providers, SonicFast stated that this price hike means an 800% increase in the current price.

Another, web hosting provider based in UK simply hit breaks on opting in for further cPanel licenses until they sort it out.

One more web hosting provider showed dismay for making changes in the cPanel price without any prior notice.

While some customers showed their disappointment by sharing the bare figures telling how it affected them while someone wrote an open letter to cPanel.

After this tremendous backlash, cPanel said sorry and announced a revised pricing structure.

Note: The prices mentioned above are the updated ones as announced by cPanel on 5th July, 2019.

cPanel Alternatives

With this sudden change, the cPanel users have already started to look out for other options. Here are some alternatives that you can consider:

  • DirectAdmin
  • Plesk
  • Webuzo/BreadBasket
  • InterWorx
  • CentOS Web Panel

If you are looking for a feature-rich and high-quality control panel with amazing features and is user-friendly, sticking to cPanel is a good decision. It offers less downtime and has the least risk of any data loss and not much customer support is needed.

We hope this article has given you a complete overview of the cPanel price hike. We’ve tried to cover most of the information related to cPanel price increase and how it has impacted the web hosting community.
If you have any further queries you can write to us at [email protected]

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