On 27th June 2019, Cpanel announced a change on its pricing and license structure. Solo License has been retired, license names changed and yearly renewals phased out.
June 2019 Cpanel New pricing and licensing structure
In its announcement, Cpanel states that all licenses purchased or renewed from 27th June 2019 will now use a new pricing and licensing structure as shown in the image below.
All monthly licenses will remain under the old structure until September 1st 2019, at which time they will be automatically converted to the account based package that is most appropriate for that specific server.
Cloud Packages (formerly VPS) will be offered on all Account Tiers, while Metal (formerly Dedicated) packages will only be available on Premier.
Below is an example of the new Cpanel & WHM pricing Tiers and Account limits for each Tier.
NOTE: Bulk user pricing starts with the 101st cPanel Account at the price of $0.20 per additional cPanel Account.
For example if you have 101 accounts you will pay 45+0.2=45.20 per month.
End of Yearly Billing for Cpanel
All cpanel customers will be moved to monthly billing once their yearly billing comes up for renewal.
Customers will be moved to a package that their business fits among the three (Admin, Pro, or Premier) and based on what is most appropriate for their server.
Customers can however select the package that they find suitable.
Change of Cpanel License Names
Along with new account based pricing, cpanel & WHM Tiers and product offering names have changed. Moving forward, VPS is now Cloud and Dedicated is now Metal.
Cpanel is retiring Solo license
cPanel Solo licenses will only be available for purchase through cPanel Partners, and will no longer be available for purchase through the cPanel Store. On September 1st, any existing cPanel Solo licenses will be converted automatically to Admin Cloud or Premier Metal based on what is most appropriate for your serve
What does this change mean?
This change basically means that cpanel is moving its focus from shared customer to private cloud-customer.
Which Impact does this have on Business?
Small Businesses that run on cpanel shared model, mostly hosting resellers will be the biggest hit as they will have to be prepared to pay more. However, cpanel says this comes with enhanced services.
How to cope with cpanel price increase
The short term option that businesses with more than 100 cpanel accounts have is to transfer the $0.2 monthly licensing fee to customers. If you are charging your customers yearly it should be $2.4 plus what you used to charge them or migrate to other alternative control panels like Plesk (View Plesk Pricing).
Source: Photos are from Cpanel.net and content is a summarized version of Cpanel Store Licensing Guide released on 27th June 2019.
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