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cPanel Announces Account Based Pricing

On the 27th of June 2019 cPanel announced a new account based pricing model which basically changed the way customers are billed and resulted in a price increase up to ~2000%. The official announcement is available at https://blog.cpanel.com/announcing-account-based-pricing/

While the hosting industry expected the price increase, no one imagined that the model will get changed and cPanel users will not be able to create unlimited accounts on their cPanel servers without paying for it. That change affects the whole hosting industry because nowadays cPanel is the most used control panel. I’ll try to explain below how that change affects each of the hosting segments using cPanel.

Everyone knows that shared hosting, reseller hosting, vps hosting and dedicated hosting costs will increase. Everyone will be affected differently depending on the number of accounts they have on their servers. Every hosting company will have to pay $0.20 for each account over 100 on each cPanel server they run. The new prices get into effect on the 1st of September 2019. At http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1770316 there is a long discussion going where you can see many CEO’s of hosting companies mad with the change and looking for alternatives as all reputable hosting companies switched to virtual machines and the new pricing model will result in a huge increase which is in times higher than what providers used to pay.

For now ScalaHosting is not changing prices as cPanel may decide to revert the price increase to some extent due to the huge grievance from the whole hosting industry. Depending on their decision we are going to announce how our customers get affected by the change and what options do they have should they decide not to pay the cPanel price increase.

ScalaHosting has disabled the billing cycles longer than 1 month until we know what is going to happen as cPanel evaluates all the feedback after the announcement. All hosting services have been switched to monthly billing until then.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting prices will increase because the base cPanel license will now cost 250% more per server plus $0.20 for each account over 100. The increase will not be significant in the shared hosting segment as ScalaHosting will absorb as much as possible to reduce the price increase impact for our customers.

Reseller Hosting

Reseller hosting servers host many accounts because this type of hosting is suitable mainly for small websites and resellers tend to create many accounts. The new cPanel pricing model will make resellers pay $0.20 more for each of the accounts they created. We will wait and see if cPanel keeps that new model or decide to make a change. Then we will have more information about how the cPanel price increase will affect the reseller hosting customers of ScalaHosting.

The new account based pricing model of cPanel will put an end to the “unlimited reseller hosting” plans. Every webhosting company which offers cPanel reseller hosting will impose limits on the number of accounts that can be created in each reseller hosting plan.

VPS Hosting

You will not be affected and your price will not increase if you host up to 5 accounts on your cPanel VPS. If you have more accounts, there will be an increase.

Having more than 5 accounts but less than 30 and your price will increase by ~40% for the cPanel license which means your price will be ~$5 higher.

If you have more than 30 accounts but less than 50, you will have a ~100% cPanel license increase or equivalent to ~$15.

If you have more than 50 accounts but less than 100, you will have a ~150% license price increase.

PlanAccountsOld priceNew Price
cPanel Admin5$15$15
cPanel Pro30 $15 $19.95
cPanel Plus50 $15 $27.95
cPanel Premier 100100 $15 $34.95
cPanel Premier 150150 $15 $36.95
cPanel Premier 200200 $15 $42.95
cPanel Premier 250250 $15 $48.95

For each 50 accounts over 100, cPanel will charge $10 per month. ScalaHosting is a cPanel Partner NOC and we’ll get better/lower pricing for our customers.

What is your alternative?

Not much has happened in the hosting industry in the last 15 years in terms of security & software innovations. Hosting companies have been adding different things as an attempt to patch the broken shared hosting model. Companies like DigitalOcean and AWS dramatically brought the price of virtual servers down and affected the whole industry.

ScalaHosting knew years ago that a change was coming. Shared hosting will lose popularity and every website owner will run their websites from their own virtual server because that is the only way to have maximum security, consistent load times for your websites and 100% control.

At the moment, the end user of a VPS has to pay many fees. They have to pay for a control panel, backup system, security system, cloud orchestration layer fees and others which represent ~80% of the total cost of the VPS. For the remaining 20% the hosting provider has to buy servers, pay for colocation, salaries, office space and also include a small profit margin for the business to operate and grow. That is why 4 years ago ScalaHosting redirected most of its advertising/marketing budget and established an in-house research and developement department that was named “THE CLOUD LAB”.

For the last 4 years, THE CLOUD LAB developed the following innovative solutions which allowed every website owner to have a fully managed SSD cloud VPS with a control panel compatible with cPanel, SShield real-time security system and daily backups with 2 snapshots for a price that is lower than the price for the cPanel license only.

SPanel

SPanel is a next-generation control panel which was born to make the Internet a safer place for everyone. ScalaHosting has generated statistics from all cPanel servers to find what are the top features people use and added them into SPanel. We found that more than 90% of the cPanel users were actually using less than 20% of the features. The 80/20 rule worked once again.

SPanel has everything people use and need. It also has integration with Nginx, LiteSpeed, Let’s encrypt and supports PHP 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 running as PHP-FPM. The supported database server is the latest version of MariaDB.

WordPress users take advantage of the built-in SWordPress Manager. It has the following features.

  • 1 click install/uninstall
  • Automatic updates of the WP core, plugins and themes
  • LOCK feature which makes WordPress really hard to hack. We have thousands of SPanel servers running since ~10 months with zero compromised websites till now.
  • Reset WordPress admin password
  • Backups, cloning, staging is 60% complete

With Nginx integration in SPanel your website will load faster than on a cPanel server. SPanel is also really light and you can easily have a 2GB RAM SPanel VPS where you can host a website with hundreds of thousands visitors per month. At the end you get more and pay less as ScalaHosting migrates your websites for free. Below is a screenshot of the control panel.

spanel

SShield

SShield is an innovative security system that protects your websites in real-time and blocks 99.998% of the attacks. SShield also monitors your websites health in real-time and in case of a hack, the website owner gets instantly notified. SShield prepares a report of the compromise, provides details about the affected data and gives you steps to fix the vulnerability. If you can’t secure the website, ScalaHosting helps you.

SShield runs on every SPanel server and doesn’t cost anything extra. It’s just a part of the perfect hosting solution every website needs nowadays when security has become the biggest problem.

Backup System

SPanel comes with a built-in backup system which archives your data on daily basis to remote backup servers. Each SPanel user can restore individual files, directories or databases from the control panel without contacting technical support.

The Value You Get by Using SPanel

SPanel is a quick and easy replacement for cPanel which will save you the cPanel license fee. It is light-weight, faster and doesn’t have any software limitations. The people in the ScalaHosting’s CLOUD LAB add new features and increase the value you get all the time. I’ll give you a simple example. When people asked us to add Nginx integration we listened and added it. We also developed an integration with LiteSpeed. There is a cPanel feature request about Nginx which is more than 6 years old and it hasn’t been implemented yet.

SPanel is not just a control panel. It is an ALL-IN-ONE web hosting solution. It makes shared web hosting unworthy because you can have a fully managed SPanel cloud VPS for a little extra per month removing all software limitations and bringing the following benefits which shared hosting cannot provide.

  • Better Security – everyone knows that shared web hosting can’t provide high security no matter what security system you install on the shared server and no matter how you configure the server because when you have a single hacked website on the shared server, it becomes a backdoor allowing the hacker to attack all other websites locally.
  • Consistent Load Times – your websites will load always fast. Other clients on the same server will not slow down your website ever again.
  • 100% email delivery – your emails will never get blacklisted as you will have a dedicated mail IP that no one else may use.
  • WHMCS integration – being worked on and planned to be available until the 15th of September 2019.

How to Switch to SPanel?

Configure & order your SPanel server from https://www.scalahosting.com/cloud-servers.html and then open a ticket to request the migration which ScalaHosting will do at no extra cost no matter how many websites you want us to transfer. After the migration we will ensure your websites work as on the old server. Then you can change the nameservers and the website will start loading from your new SPanel server. You can host unlimited accounts/websites without paying extra for each new account. SPanel runs in the cloud which means you will pay for what you use. You decide how much space, CPU cores, RAM, network speed your server will have and you can scale up/down anytime.

If you ever decide to switch from SPanel to a cPanel server, ScalaHosting will migrate your websites back at no extra cost.

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