cPanel changes to account-based licensing

In early 2019 cPanel was acquired by a venture capitalist group named Oakley capital. This group already had several web hosting companies and another control panel called Plesk under its belt, and with the purchase of cPanel they have now taken complete control over the web hosting control panel market.

Late June 2019, cPanel announced a price increase that shocked the entire web hosting industry. For years, cPanel has always had simple flat-rate pricing for VPS and dedicated server licenses regardless of the number of hosted accounts per server.

This is now changed to a new pricing model based on the number of hosted accounts per server which results in a significant price increase, not only for us but for our customers. 

Here at WireNine, we have always tried our best to absorb cost increases over the years for infrastructure upgrades, software licensing etc, and never increased hosting fees for our clients in over 15 years of being in the hosting industry. Unfortunately due to the significant price increase and change of the licensing model for cPanel, some customers will see an increase in their hosting fees starting November 1st, 2019.

How will this impact me?

Shared Hosting

While we’re not anticipating any increase in our Managed Business hosting plans. Our legacy grandfathered shared hosting plans may see an increase in their hosting fees, due to the new cPanel pricing we can no longer sustain to keep these plans running at the grandfathered prices.

Reseller Hosting

Unfortunately due to the fact that cPanel will now be billing us per cPanel account created, Reseller hosting customers will likely see adjustments to their hosting fees and/or limits being placed on the number of accounts they can create.

VPS and Dedicated Servers

VPS and dedicated server clients will feel the impact of cPanel price increase the most. We will be personally contacting each VPS and dedicated server client to explain the details of their new licensing costs moving forward.

You can voice your opinion to @cPanel regarding the pricing model change over twitter or facebook!

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to our team from the client portal.