What’s going on? Why does this keep happening?
Oakley Capital acquired Plesk in 2017 and cPanel in 2018. The next year saw the start of a strong pattern. That was when cPanel started charging per account rather than per server and Plesk's first "major price adjustment" in 18 years took effect. Every year since, cPanel's per-account amount has gone up. The company says they’ll continue to “evaluate our license pricing on an annual basis”.
The best that we can do here at SiteHost is to be transparent about price changes and offer alternatives wherever possible. That's why we'll be contacting every affected customer individually.
CloudLinux is in the mix as well
Earlier this year we were hit by a 5% increase in CloudLinux licence costs, but we didn't mark any of our own prices up at the time. This isn't a WebPros product, but most of the CloudLinux licences that we buy come from WebPros, bundled with cPanel or Plesk. So that's another factor pushing things upwards.
Life beyond cPanel and Plesk
Our Cloud Containers are a popular way to manage hosting without cPanel or Plesk. They’re flexible, easy to use, and since we created the entire product ourselves there’s no WebPros licensing fee to worry about. It’s a quick process to spin up a container or two and see what’s possible.
There’s always more than one way to solve a problem, though, so if you’d rather talk through your options we’re ready to help. Whether you want to make a fast move or just start sketching out an exit plan, be prepared with expert advice that suits the environments you want to run, and the way you manage user access to each of them. Get in touch today.