cPanel, undoubtedly the number one web hosting control panel for Linux servers have decided it's time to restructure their prices.
After 23 years of a "per server" license structure, cPanel has followed in the footsteps of Plesk (the most popular Windows hosting control panel) and started charging depending on the number of accounts you host on a server.
At FreshSites, we've taken a look at the pricing difference, and who wins and who loses with the new pricing model. But first, let's take a look at the new pricing structure.
|cPanel Solo||cPanel Admin||cPanel Pro||cPanel Premier|
|As the name suggests, the cPanel solo License allows for one single website hosting account on the server.||The cPanel Admin License allows up to 5 hosting accounts on the server, so is still mainly aimed at the end-users rather than web hosts.||The Pro License is aimed at web design agencies and smaller web hosts, allowing up to 30 sites per server means it's a little more usable.||The Premier License is closer to what we'd expect, allowing 100 sites per server, and additional websites can be added at a cost of $0.20 per site|
|This license is only available on Cloud/VPS servers and is not available on dedicated servers||This license is only available on Cloud/VPS servers and is not available on dedicated servers||This license is only available on Cloud/VPS servers and is not available on dedicated servers||This license type is available on both Cloud/VPS and dedicated servers so is closer to the old style licensing|
|$15 / month||$20 / month||$30 / month||$45 / month|
It's clear to see that this new pricing structure is going to cost people more - the only winner here is cPanel themselves.
The previous pricing structure had the solo license at $15 (no change) the VPS license (which allowed for unlimited sites) at $20 and the dedicated server (also for unlimited sites) at $45 per month.
As an example, if a small web host using a single VPS / Cloud server had 300 accounts previously, they would have been paying $20 per month licensing cost - under the new pricing structure, they would need to move to the premier license at $45 for the first 100 accounts, and then add on an additional 200 accounts at $0.20 each, taking their monthly licensing cost to $85! That's a massive 325% increase!
Could this see a decrease in the number of low-cost cPanel web hosting providers? We certainly think so - but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, it will mean that you have more chance of picking a WordPress host you can trust.