cPanel is raising pricing yet again!

cPanel is raising pricing yet again!

I am absolutely disappointed by the need to announce yet another price increase by cPanel LLC. This is the fourth such increase since 2019, and it is affecting all cPanel hosting companies.

We ourselves have done everything we can do to contain the increasing costs, which include not only cPanel monthly licensing increases that are now 3 times more expensive than at the beginning of 2019, but our power and internet bandwidth has been steadily increasing as well. The same acquisition by cPanel raised our WHMCS costs over 1,100% as well!

We have absorbed a tremendous amount of impact to our revenue to keep costs to a minimum. We put off the 2019 first price increase until well into 2021, and only increased managed VPS service. This year we had to return our Small and Medium plans to their original pricing and increased our reseller plans.

These minor changes never came close to restoring company revenue, but that's okay. We're all about providing an economical service with excellent support and knowledge, as a family owned company, and we have absorbed as much of the rising costs as possible.

However, we now face continued price increases in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic fallout with its increased inflationary pressures, probable recession, and the devastating affects on humankind world wide. It's an insane increase at this time by cPanel, and we must come up with a plan to mitigate your costs and ours! (I tend to suspect that the acquisition of cPanel by venture capitalists have simultaneously raised costs and lowered market share, and hence requires increases to replace revenue at the market pivots away from cPanel.)

We cannot stave off the cPanel increases, but what we can do is find a way to keep costs at the same level. That means we must provide alternatives to some of our products and platforms. We have already laid concrete plans for this since May 2022, before the latest fourth round of cPanel increases were announced in October.

Here's where we are with those plans:

  1. We must increase cPanel hosting due to the 4 increases we've tolerated as much as possible, as well further rising costs to power and bandwidth. cPanel will require an increase to shared hosting service for $2.00 per month.
  2. cPanel managed VPS service will increase by a whopping $15-19/month or more (see below price table.) The reason? We can no longer heavily subsidize the cPanel pricing, but we will offer a migration to a cPanel alternative to keep the cost of our managed VPS at the same price.
  3. We will not increase any cPanel costs until we have provided an alternative control panel solution, and we've been examining Softaculous' Webuzo panel as that solution. Once we have overcome the last remaining problem--incremental offsite backups built in--we can offer a free migration from cPanel to Webuzo and retain all data (website, email, databases and features similar to cPanel.) That will keep interested clients at the same pricing if they choose Webuzo migration.

We will continue to support cPanel, but I expect cPanel pricing to increase by at least 10% per annum, as has been the case now or more every year.

The only thing currently missing in cPanel at the present time is the Site.Pro website builder. This will require cPanel for now, until and unless Site.Pro adds a plugin to Webuzo.

We will also include offsite backups for managed VPS service free of charge. That will reduce the price of a VPS, if migrated to Webuzo. We have the ability to replace cPanel with Webuzo on the same server so nothing changes about IP addresses or data. Only the control panel changes.

This will help us keep our costs and yours down to the current pricing, and we will maintain that as long as possible, with the exception of cPanel pricing.

We will make another announcement once Webuzo has added the offsite backup feature, and we will not increase cPanel pricing for at least 30 days of that date, to allow for migration to Webuzo for whomever wants to take advantage of the stable pricing. FYI our pricing increases in January, but until we have that simple migration path in place, we will retain the existing pricing.

New VPS Pricing

License Type Old cPanel Price New cPanel Price
cPanel Admin Cloud (5 accounts) Included free $16/month
cPanel Pro Cloud (30 accounts) $8/month $23/month
cPanel Plus Cloud (50 accounts) $16/month $33/month
cPanel Premiere Cloud (100 accounts+) $24/month + $0.20 per account over 100 $43/month + $0.30 per account over 100

Please note that our pricing is still discounted compared to cPanel's higher pricing.

at 12/08/2022, 12:41pm

Updated: at 12/15/2022, 10:47am

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