cPanel has dropped a bombshell on its customers with a price hike for its services that has left some running for the door marked exit.
The company, which specialises in interfaces aimed at simplifying website and server management, announced the increases (PDF)without warning, with licences purchased or renewed from now hit immediately, with monthly licences sticking with the old structure until 1 September.
Annual licences are also for the chop, and will be converted to monthly billing as they come up for renewal.
The gang previously had three tiers for users to enjoy – cPanel Solo, at $15/month, cPanel and WHM VPS at $20/month (or $200/year), or a dedicated version aimed at larger web hosts for $45/month or $425/year.
The tiers have now been renamed to Admin, Pro and Premier (at $20, $30 and $45/month respectively) but – and this is what has really enraged customers -an account limit has been applied. The top level, Premier, is limited to 100 accounts. Additional accounts will require an extra $0.20/month each.
The company explained the change in its updated licensing guide, saying that: “Historically, cPanel has based its services and pricing around a VPS or Dedicated license with unlimited cPanel Accounts” but improvements in hardware means it needs to change its pricing structure.
Collected: The Register Blog