A web hosting is a small virtual server, with a specific virtual hardware, that we can hire to host a web page or a personal blog. Unlike the full dedicated servers, a hosting usually uses a panel as intermediate software so that the user easily interacts with the server so that it can manage it without the need to use commands in a terminal and without total security.
Although there are many panels, the majority of users who contract a web hosting usually look specifically for two: cPanel and Plesk. These are the most complete and powerful panels that can be found on the web, panels that are used daily by millions of users around the world.
These two panels are now owned by the same owner, the English Oakley Capital. This person relatively recently rose, and much, the prices of Plesk licenses so that all hosting companies that used it had to pay much more to continue using them. And now, unfortunately, the same has happened with cPanel, firing its price to the hosting servers, a price that will ultimately be passed on to end users, as always.
Cpanel follows in Plesk’s footsteps and adjusts prices with the excuse that “hardware is more powerful”
A few days ago we were able to see how those responsible for cPanel Store announced a change in the billing form of this panel for the hosting servers that use it. Thus, its managers ensure that the prices and licenses of the panels will become standard for all its customers, billing month by month and including multiple levels.
Responsible for cPanel ensure that, when the first business model was created, 20 years ago, the possibilities of the hardware were very different. Now, thanks to the optimization of software and hardware, it is possible to run hundreds of websites in a single virtual server and, therefore, it is absolutely necessary to readjust prices and the business model.
Until now, a single cPanel license could be used on a VPS, with an unlimited number of users. Thus, from the new business model, it is intended to create new levels so that hosting companies pay based on the number of users each server has, with limited panels based on the quota.
While until recently the standard license of these panels was $ 16 per month, from now on the base will start at $ 30 per month, with a limitation of 30 users. And who will pay this price? It is clear: the end users.
There are no alternatives to Cpanel and Plesk?
There are several alternatives to Cpanel and Plesk, and many in addition to open source such as, for example, Vesta, Webmin, Ajenti or ZPanel, to name a few. However, most of them are too simple and do not approach the possibilities or characteristics of these two commercial panels, or they are currently discontinued and, therefore, their use is not recommended.
The only viable alternative that could have stood up to these two alternatives is lxadmin, although since the suicide of its developer the truth is that it has been abandoned.
Therefore, there is no choice but to go through the hoop and assume the exorbitant price increase of the cPanel and Plesk licenses, an increase in prices that the user will end up paying. We will be attentive to the first price increases in the most popular web hosting.