With under 2 weeks to go until the cPanel Conference: Hands On Houston 2014, we're busy preparing for our favorite conference of the year. And this time, we're doing it in style!
At Booth #1 (we thought we'd make it easy for you!), visitors will get the chance to get Hands-On with all of our newest developments. They will also get the opportunity to meet and chat with members of our development and support teams, take away some cool swag, and have a free beer on us, each afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30pm!
For the first time ever, we will be demonstrating our all-new cPanel and WHM automatic sign-in integration, which provides a simple and secure way to manage staff access to all your cPanel servers. Plus, the latest version of our Responsive Client Area Theme, designed to be mobile and tablet friendly, is also set to make its public debut in 6.0
So much more than a new theme, the new client area also puts more power in the hands of third party module developers than ever before. If you develop a module for WHMCS, we'd love to show you all its new capabilities. And since we're also looking for launch partners, be sure to speak to us about ways you can get involved!
In addition, we'll be showcasing the new and improved Domain Lookup, a functionality that increases the opportunity for domain sales by providing your customers with intelligently populated suggestions when they search for domains. This is powered by our good friends eNom who will be in the neighboring booth.
That's not all. There'll also be a number of exciting and informative sessions hosted by members of the WHMCS team:
1: WHMCS: Then and Now, a Prolog for WHMCS v6
WHMCS and the hosting industry have seen many changes over the last few years. This talk will highlight some of WHMCS's experiences during that time, how they have affected the WHMCS v5 series, and what they mean for the v6 series and beyond.
2: Best Practices for Deploying WHMCS
WHMCS automates critical parts of your business, its important that you deploy and run it in a way that ensures your business will succeed. In this talk we will discuss best practices for deploying, customizing, and updating WHMCS for current installs and future proofing your installation for the upcoming update system. We will cover security best practices, hardening steps, deploying a staging installation, testing updates, understanding WHMCS's version numbers and change log, automated deployment, and high availability concerns.
3: Tailoring WHMCS to Fit Your Business Workshop
Every business is unique. In this workshop, we'll explain how you can tailor WHMCS to fit your specific business. We'll develop a custom module and demonstrate how to use action hooks inside the module to adjust the workflow of WHMCS in order to better suit your business needs. Then, you'll see how to extend the module with some of the new user interface extension options in our upcoming release. At the end of the workshop, a team of WHMCS developers will answer questions about how they would use hooks, modules, and theming to solve your real world problems.
Don't forget to stop by and hang out at Booth #1
! We look forward to seeing you.
Posted by Matt on Friday, September 19th, 2014
An update to iWHMCS is now available to download from the Apple iTunes Store. This update addresses usability and bug fixes reported in the initial Version 2.0 release earlier this month.
The changelog is available @ http://changelog.whmcs.com/iWHMCS_V2.0
To find out more about the iWHMCS app, please visit www.iwhmcs.com
*Please note: It may take several hours before the update appears in all Apple iTunes store locations.
Posted by Matt on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
We are pleased to announce the release of WHMCS 5.3.10.
This update contains general maintenance updates for the 5.3 series of WHMCS.
As usual, we are making available both an incremental upgrade version containing just the changed files for those upgrading from the latest current version V5.3.9 and a full release which can be used to perform a new installation or update 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.
This release also contains the updates necessary to the ResellerClub module to ensure privacy protection can still be provisioned when ResellerClub begins charging for Privacy Protection for WHMCS sub-resellers on Monday, 22nd September
. If you intend to set a price for Privacy Protection inside the ResellerClub Supersite, you will need these updates.
Posted by Matt on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
This is being provided as a public service announcement and any queries should be addressed to your domain registrar.
On 15 September 2014, EURid will launch its new registration platform. Thereafter, newly registered .eu domain names will no longer expire at the end of the month but rather at the end of their registration term, calculated in years starting on the registration date and ranging from one (1) to ten (10) years. Domain names registered on 29 February will always expire on 28 February.
This change has been incorporated into new versions of the .eu Terms and Conditions and .eu Registrar Agreement, which will go into effect on 15 September, when the new registration platform is launched. New versions of these documents in all languages are available below.
For existing domain names - those registered before 15 September 2014 - registrars have been given the option to apply the new expiry date approach or to keep the existing system whereby domain names expire at the end of the month.
The default option, which sees domain names expire at the end of the month, will apply to all registered domain names whose registrars do not indicate their preference by 15 September 2014.
As is already the case, transfers will not change the expiry day but will add an extra year to the registration term of a domain name.
For further details, please see the original announcement @ http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/jul-2014/new-expiry-date-eu-domain-names-15-september-2014
Specific to ResellerClub Users
There will be a maintenance window for .EU registrations of 3 days starting today, 12th September 2014 through 15th September 2014. During the downtime, it will not be possible to perform any transactions on .EU domain names with ResellerClub. As a result:
> New registrations will be queued and processed once the downtime is over
> Any system changes/renewals/transfers will fail and will need to be resubmitted when the downtime is over
For further details, please refer to http://blog.resellerclub.com/2014/09/04/eu-registry-downtime-notice-changes-to-eu-lifecycle/
Posted by Matt on Friday, September 12th, 2014
From Monday 22nd September, ResellerClub will begin charging for Privacy Protection.
Privacy Protection has until now been available free from ResellerClub for domains purchased through them. However, ResellerClub has now announced that they are to discontinue this offer.
Don't despair though, there's some Good News for WHMCS users! Through our partnership with ResellerClub, we have been able to delay the introduction of charges on your behalf. Most other ResellerClub users started paying for ID protection at the beginning of August. As well, we are providing a tool to help ease the transition to ResellerClub's Privacy Protection pricing model.
The annual fee for ResellerClub Privacy Protection will be $3 per domain.
This will apply to ID protection both for new registrations and for renewals of existing domains. Domain names that are already registered and use the Privacy Protection service will not have any charges applied until the next renewal.
So what does this mean for you?
If you sell domains through ResellerClub, there are a few changes that you as a WHMCS customer will likely want to do:
1. The first is to set pricing for new orders of ID Protection. This can be done in Setup > Domain Pricing within your WHMCS admin area, just below the TLDs list.
2. The second is to increase the renewal prices of your existing customers domain registrations that have ID protection enabled. The easiest way to do this is using Version 3.0 of the Bulk Pricing Updater Addon. Version 3.0 provides support for both Domain Addons and relative price increases, and is available to download from today. Find out more here.
Additionally, before the introduction date of September 22nd, we will release an updated version of the WHMCS ResellerClub module. The updated module will use the new privacy protection purchase parameters associated with ResellerClub's changes. It is important that you do not set a sale price for privacy protection inside of the ResellerClub control panel until this update, as that will render WHMCS unable to provision it for you.
If you have any questions or concerns, ResellerClub are available to answer any questions you might have and they can be contacted by emailing whmcs[at]resellerclub.com
Want to learn more about getting a ResellerClub Account? Click here
Posted by Matt on Friday, September 5th, 2014