Recently cPanel.net, makers of the popular control panel cPanel/WHM for hosting providers, announced price changes and a switch to charging per cPanel account, whereas before you simply bought a license for a server. There is a new 'solo' license type for $7/month which is a few $ cheaper than licenses were previously, but otherwise, most license types now have a higher monthly price and there's a limit of 100 accounts for a prepaid server license, with a further charge of ~$0.1 or $0.2 per account per month above that, depending on account type and discount level. For example, previously a VPS with 31 accounts would cost the standard price, something like $15/month. Now it will cost $32/month. With 300 accounts, it will apparently cost $52/month. A dedicated server with 1000 accounts could cost over $100/month, up from ~$30-45. One hosting company I know of is reporting their bill rising from ~$1800/month to ~$5000/month! Discounts are available for partners depending on spend, but even the top discount level (for a license spend of...$5m/month!!) only reduces an example new monthly cost from $72 to $46 if my maths is correct. And that's just an example - some companies never used the cPanel 'addon domains' feature so have thousands of small accounts. I've heard of companies facing a bill of $1000/month in projected license costs for *one server*. Yet 'addon domains' and aliases - ie 'total domains hosted on the server' - are not calculated into the cost. So you could combine all accounts into one and pay the 'cPanel solo' cost of just $10/month. Clearly for most people - eg resellers and shared web hosts - that's not an option. Smaller providers with smaller margins and/or those who use lots of cPanel accounts eg for free hosting will soon find themselves with bills that they will struggle to afford. cPanel's reasoning is that many years ago people bought more licenses for more systems, but these days hundreds of sites can run on one processor. Firstly, what a strange phrase. Secondly, years ago most sites were static and saw much less traffic. These days even Steve the builder probably runs WordPress with a bunch of plugins, wants good spam filtering, backups, SSL and good performance! As for why / how this happened, some may suspect it was always going to. Others have noted that cPanel was recently acquired by a private equity firm who also own Plesk, the other major hosting control panel, and who boast of providing the software for 750,000 global hosting servers and millions of websites: https://oakleycapital.com/insights/building-a-business-the-webpros-story/ I am wondering if the hosts here are able to report the impact for them, and if anyone has considered changing packages, charging existing clients more, and further, looking at whether this sudden increase breaches EU monopoly laws eg Article 102? Obviously there are other hosting control panels available but none are really serious competitors, and this whole thing stinks of greed to me. Maybe I should just buy shares in the fund if that's an option, and join the gravy train. Although I do have a new web hosting company - all the above is my personal opinion. I'm pretty annoyed because I only rejoined as a cPanel partner a couple months ago and they understood we're starting a new company using their software and we agreed pricing, and aside from that I've previously managed Paragon's cPanel fleet (thousands of systems), and have in summary paid cPanel a sh*t ton of cash over the years. I've also seen how big hosting companies operate compared to smaller ones. Paragon obviously has its Gridhost system and if we still owned it I suspect we'd be making rapid use of the cPanel import feature it has. But Paragon is now owned by Godaddy so I guess they'll just pay the new charges, whatever pricing band they may fit into. Interestingly, Godaddy's VP M&A is the same guy Oakley worked with to obtain the Plesk/cPanel transactions, and also himself invested in the deal, honestly my head hurts. Be interesting to hear if anyone using cPanel hosting is told of price rises from their host, and indeed to see what the top 10 features are that people use in a control panel.... Seems like my ex business partner's new venture will be having a few more beta testers - https://enhance.com !