# General Questions
# Can I install PanelAlpha on my own server?
Yes, PanelAlpha is delivered as a self-hosted application, so you need to install it on your own server.
# Does PanelAlpha require cPanel?
PanelAlpha has no dependencies with Softaculous or any other auto-installer, and as such it does not require the cPanel server to properly handle the automated process of instance creation.
# Does PanelAlpha require Softaculous?
PanelAlpha has no dependencies with Softaculous or any other auto-installer, and as such it does not require it to properly handle the automated process of instance creation.
# Does PanelAlpha require WHMCS?
PanelAlpha is a standalone solution, which makes its operation separate from any type of a client management platform. It can, however, be integrated with WHMCS to let you handle the billing and invoicing workflows in an automated manner.
# How can I set up billing for my clients?
PanelAlpha does not take care of direct customer billing and invoicing so you have to either use one of our billing modules (currently integrated with WHMCS only) or integrate with our API. For the details about the available billing scenarios please read the following article.
# Pricing Related Questions
# What is a WordPress instance limit and what does it apply to?
A WordPress instance is, no more and no less, a single installation of the WordPress system. Accordingly, the limit refers to the maximum number of WordPress instances controlled by the application that a specific pricing plan allows.
# Are staging environments added to my instance limit?
No, staging sites are not considered as separate instances and you are not charged for staging environments.
# How am I billed for PanelAlpha?
You begin with the starter license for $29/mo and once there are more instances to the system, you are billed additionally for each instance accordingly to our pricing (opens new window).
# How do I upgrade my license?
The license is upgraded automatically based on the usage.