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WHMCS V5.3.13 Released


We are pleased to announce the release of WHMCS 5.3.13.

This update contains maintenance updates for the 5.3 series of WHMCS.

If you are unaware, GlobalSign has stopped offering 4 and 5 year certificates on March 30th, 2015 (Read their blog here). As such we've updated the GlobalSign modules. You will need to update any products you may still have that offer those certificates terms.

As usual, we are making available both an incremental upgrade version containing just the changed files for those upgrading from the latest previous version V5.3.12 and a full release which can be used to perform a new installation or upgrade an existing installation regardless of previous version.

Both of these are available to download from the downloads page below.


Please refer to the release notes for specific information regarding this release and details of any template changes that are required.


Posted by WHMCS Nate on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015







Version 6.0 Now Available in Beta


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With a lot of excitement, we are very pleased to announce the public beta release of Version 6.0.

Version 6.0 is a major new update with a lot of new features and functionality, as well as many under the hood improvements. If you missed any of the details, we've got you covered with our dedicated Version 6.0 Microsite

Beta testers play an invaluable role in our development process, and we rely on their work to ensure we release the best possible product. We encourage as many people as possible to take part in the beta process. Signup today to be one of the first to get your hands on Version 6.0 and help shape the finished product. To learn more about the beta process, please visit http://vsix.whmcs.com/learnmore

If you would like to get involved, and help make Version 6.0 great, simply visit http://vsix.whmcs.com/ and enter your details. We'll then email you immediately with details of how to get the beta and all the important information you need to know.

We've also setup a dedicated forum for discussions relating to Version 6.0 which can be found at: http://forum.whmcs.com/forumdisplay.php?98-WHMCS-Version-6-0-Beta-Release

This will allow you to talk directly with other WHMCS users who are taking part in the beta process as well as members of staff and collaborate together to make this release a great success.

If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know. If you decide to take part in the beta, thank you, and we hope you enjoy it! :)


Posted by WHMCS Sean on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015







Domain Namespinning and How it Benefits You


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We've all been there. You have this great idea for a new website, you think of the perfect name, but when you go to register it... it's already taken! As hard as you try to find an alternative, nothing else seems quite as good.

That's where Domain Namespinning comes in.

With the new eNom Namespinner feature in WHMCS 6.0, when a customer visits your website to look for a domain, they can simply enter their desired keywords, and the Namespinner will provide intelligent suggestions for both the domain SLD and TLD extension.

What's even more exciting is if they have a specific domain and extension in mind, and that chosen domain name is taken, the customer will be presented with relevant, meaningful alternative domain suggestions. In-fact, even if it's available, the suggestions still appear - why sell one domain when you could sell two, three or even more...

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What was once a lost customer due to a dead-end domain unavailable message, is now still a potential sale.

All the big guys do it, and now you can too.

The Namespinner also makes it easier than ever to promote and sell New TLDs too, as any of the TLDs you offer for registration have the potential to show up in suggestions.

Tip: Offering new TLDs increases the chances of the customers SLD keyword choice being available.

One big question we know many of you will be wondering is does this mean I can only use the Namespinner for domains I register with eNom? And no, the answer is the Namespinner can be used for all domain searches performed in your WHMCS installation, regardless of the registrar you ultimately use to register them. All you need to get started is an eNom account which you can register for here.

Get ready to start selling more domains!


Posted by WHMCS Sean on Thursday, April 9th, 2015







VATMOSS Return: New Report Now Available


The first VATMOSS return deadline of Monday, April 20th, is fast approaching.

For those who missed it, on January 1st 2015, new rules came into effect regarding how VAT within the EU should be handled on the sale of most digital products and services. The rules created a system called the Mini One-Stop Shop (MOSS) for the declaration of VAT collected on these digital supplies. For more information, please refer to our previous blog article: New EU VAT rules from 1st January 2015

Back in December, we had hoped to be able to provide a solution whereby WHMCS users would be able to download a pre-prepared VAT MOSS report from their WHMCS installation and upload it to their chosen MOSS country web portal. In reality, this turned out not to be possible due to both a lack of concrete information from EU tax authorities and varying submissions requirements by MOSS country of registration.

We endeavour to provide our users with the best possible service and as more information becomes available we hope to make further updates to our reporting facilities wherever possible.

Accessing VATMOSS Settlement Data using WHMCS


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In the meantime, while submission requirements and file formats vary by MOSS country of registration, ultimately the information required is the same. And therefore today we are able to provide a new dedicated VATMOSS report which provides the following:
  • The quarterly period the data relates to
  • A list of all EU countries that supplies have been made to in that time
  • The VAT rate charged for each
  • The total value invoiced by country excluding VAT
  • The total VAT tax charged and collected from those invoices
This report should provide all the information you need to be able to complete the VATMOSS return in whatever specific format(s) your local VAT tax authority will accept.

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Please check with your tax authority to confirm how you can upload your settlement data into the MOSS portal. You should also contact your MOSS registration country if you have any further questions in relation to the MOSS return.

For more generic information on the new VATMOSS rules and regulations, please see the European Commission's own guide here.


Posted by Matt on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015







Version 6.0 - An In Depth Look at the New Client Area


One of the biggest new features of Version 6.0 is the brand new client area. This has been completely redesigned and re-written to give you, and your customers, the best possible experience. You may have already had a sneak peek of it if you have visited our booth at one of the recent Web Hosting conferences, if not then read on for details of how it will benefit you...

Optimized for Mobile

The new client area is designed to be responsive. Responsive web design is all about providing an optimal viewing experience - meaning easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling - across a wide range of devices. With that in mind we've developed it using desktop computer monitors, iPads, iPhones and a range of Android devices. Even little things such as having numeric keyboards popup for numeric input fields all helps improve the mobile user experience.


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Contextual Sidebars

One of the most noticeable new additions is the sidebars. These adapt and change depending upon the page you are viewing. When viewing announcements you will be presented with a month by month list to browse through, when searching the knowledgebase you get a tag cloud allowing you to jump to articles relating to a specific keyword, when opening a ticket, you get a list of your recent tickets...

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Notifications for Clients

Accessible from every page, a new Client Notifications feature will alert your customers to items that need their attention. For example Credit Card Expiring Soon, Unpaid or Overdue Invoices, Domains Expiring within the next 30 Days, Available Credit Balances and more... Accessible to developers too, modules you use can register and display additional notifications to your users.

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Maximum Usability

We've completely re-imagined the way the client homepage is used. Gone are the boring lists of open tickets and unpaid invoices. And in comes a fresh new approach, designed to deliver content in a way that both looks aesthetically pleasing, as well as working effectively on all types of device, providing a high level overview and direct access to as many different areas of the client portal as possible.

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What's more, the items which are displayed are dynamic, and as with notifications, modules can register their own, as well as manipulate the default ones. Conditional too so a user only sees the notices that are relevant to them. In addition to the obvious things like unpaid invoices, expiring domains and support tickets, we've also included panels that provide quick access to all of a users active products/services, file attachments, affiliate program status and more.

Dynamic Searching, Pagination and More...

Another goal was to make it quicker and easier for end users to accomplish what they set out to. The sidebars which I mentioned earlier play a big part in this, but it doesn't stop there. New dynamic interactive tables are used throughout the client area for all table based lists. What this means is immediate page navigation without page reloads, instant filtering and searching as you type, plus we've also added quick filters that allow the end user to filter lists by any given status, Active, Open, Unpaid, etc...

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Localisation - Bonjour, Ciao, Hola...

Gone is the old dropdown menu of languages by their English name, and in comes a new localised language dropdown chooser, with each language name displayed in its local native form. Designed to make your international visitors feel that little bit more at home.

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I know many of you are keen to get your hands on the beta, and believe me we want to get it in your hands as soon as we can. We're working hard to make it available as soon as possible, but in the meantime, some of our team, including myself, are heading to WHD.global 2015 so we look forward to meeting you in Germany next week, and we'll have hands-on demos there for you to give a try, so be sure to stop by booth F18 and say hello!


Posted by Matt on Friday, March 20th, 2015







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