cPanel Update: How Your Cloud Hosting Bill May Change
cPanel recently announced major changes in its pricing structure on June 27, 2019, that may affect your cloud hosting account.
The web hosting industry collectively gasped after cPanel announced its plans to restructure its pricing models. Providers and users took to social media and hosting forums to express emotions that ranged from blunt outrage to mild concern. Any which way you see it, in the coming weeks and months, we will all be paying a little, or in some cases a lot, more for cPanel licenses. Here’s how you may be affected by these changes.
How cPanel prices changed
Earlier this year, cPanel was acquired by Oakley Capital, a venture capitalist tech company. Since then, cPanel has switched from the historically used per-server pricing schedule to a per-user or per-account pricing model. While this may not seem like a major switch, dedicated and shared hosting users can be largely affected by the changes.
For example, a license for a server cost around $45 per month ($445 per year) whether there were one or one thousand users. Users who currently use one license on one server with one account will not notice a huge jump in prices. However, if a user hosts many users on one server, each account will now be billed separately. These users could see a price hike as high as 1000%.
Users who have one account on one server will notice a very small price increase. However, if a user owns or resells a server with hundreds or thousands of accounts, their cPanel bill could increase as much as 1000% percent. cPanel’s new pricing forces each user to pay a monthly subscription fee that only covers one user or account not the entire system as it used to. You can see the new cPanel pricing Account Tiers in the image below.
It is important to note that if you are a cloud user, you will only see a very negligible price increase in your monthly bill. You can see in the image above that the first three tiers cover cloud usage only. However, also not that the Premier package (for both cloud and metal) covers up to 100 accounts. Any additional account is billed at $0.20 each up to 1000 accounts. All accounts in excess of 1000 users will incur an additional cPanel licensing fee.
How will your hosting account be affected?
While the entire web hosting community will be affected by these changes, it is fair to say that single-user cloud hosting accounts will see the least amount of disruption. Unfortunately, cPanel’s pricing changes are so steep that hosting providers will but unable to mitigate the entire price increase. However, exactly how much more you are paying depends on your web host and how they plan to bill for cPanel licenses.
VPS.NET is working on preventing a major increase in prices to your monthly hosting bill. We will be contacting you shortly to explain any additional charges you may experience. Please know that we are doing our best to cover these charges and leave your hosting bill unchanged, but this may not always be the case. If you have questions about your monthly bill, the number of active cPanel accounts, or anything related to your VPS.NET hosting account, please contact our expert support teams at your earliest convenience. They are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have.