For the unenlightened, cPanel is a staple “web panel” for many servers. If you’re scratching your head at the term, a “web panel” is the dashboard you go to when you need to access your hosting account or site’s server.
In a nutshell, cPanel is a go-to choice for the task.
- Install a variety of platforms, such as WordPress
- Access a powerful auto-installer for some apps (notably Softaculous)
- Manage your databases
- Administrate your users
- Change Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) settings
Plus, there are so many more features that we can’t do them all justice here.
In fact, 1 in 8 websites uses cPanel, although this number is on the wane. And as for why, there’s one big reason: price.
The initial pricing tiers had an easy-to-understand structure, but in 2019 cPanel decided to raise prices abruptly. For the per-month price, the increase is nominal, though the most significant difference is the account limit for each tier.
In short, under the 2019 revisions, you pay a fixed price of up to 100 cPanel accounts, then $0.20 for each additional account. This limit is an issue for many users.
Under the previous pricing, you’d pay around $200–500 per year at a fixed rate. With the 2019 pricing, a customer who needs 1,000 cPanel accounts would pay about $225 per month.
However, this isn’t the end of the story. In 2021, cPanel raised prices by 8% on higher-tier plans and a whopping 50% on the bulk account rate. That means the same customer who needs 1,000 cPanel accounts would pay around $318 per month.
In short, cPanel used to be inexpensive but is no longer for many users. As such, you may be one of many searching for a suitable cPanel alternative.