In my last article, I gave quite a high level overview of some of the changes that are coming in Version 6.0. If you missed it, click here to read that article.
In addition to the Redesigned, Responsive and Mobile Friendly Client Area, and all the under the hood changes, there's even more we've managed to pack into 6.0.
cPanel Single Sign-On - You'll never need to enter your WHM or cPanel password again...
Well, as long as you use WHMCS that is! In 6.0, you and your clients can login to cPanel/WHM from WHMCS without ever needing a second username or password. This is made possible by the implementation of Single Sign-On, allowing clients to transition from WHMCS to cPanel/WHM at the click of a button, without having to re-authenticate. For staff, it means the ability to become any cPanel user, as well as login and administer servers via WHM, and again, all without having to lookup or enter any passwords.
Neat, eh? And that's not all. We've also got a new feature codenamed 'WHMCS Connect' which we first demo'd at cPanel Conference 2014 and got people really excited. Think of this as your one stop server access portal, allowing you to control which of your staff have access to which of your servers, and meaning you don't have to disclose passwords to grant WHM access, as well as allowing staff to transition from server to server at the click of a button. Supporting clients just got a whole lot easier!
Domain Namespinning - Start selling those new TLDs!
Let's face it, most people often have a pretty good idea of the domain name they want. They come to your site, type in the name they're looking for, and if it's available, they buy it. And that's great. But do you know what's even better? If they buy 2, or 3, or even more domains... And that's where Namespinning comes in.
Powered by our partner eNom, the new Namespinner functionality in 6.0 allows you to present intelligent additional suggestions to users when they're searching for a domain name to buy, with a single aim - to make sure YOU get the sale. If their desired domain is taken, they get a list of alternatives they might be interested in. If they only have a keyword in mind, they get a list of possible domain names they could use. And if they don't like the first 10 suggestions they get, they can request 10 more. And again, and again, all the way up to 100 possible suggestions per search. It also allows you to effortlessly promote New TLDs.
All it requires is that you have an eNom account, and if you don't, you're in luck, because every WHMCS user can get one on us for free @ www.whmcs.com/partners/enom
Easier PayPal Subscription Management
WHMCS has always been great at creating subscriptions with PayPal that allow your users to automatically pay you each time they're due. However, what we didn't have until now was the ability to automatically cancel a subscription. That's about to change.
In 6.0, any time you terminate a customers product, or a customer submits a cancellation request, WHMCS will automatically communicate to PayPal that the subscription should also be terminated. Say goodbye to subscriptions ongoing after cancellations, and the process of having to refund them and remove credits. We really can't wait for this one!
Responsive Admin Area
We weren't happy with making just the Client Area responsive
and mobile friendly. Work is well underway on also making the admin area responsive
, so it's mobile and tablet friendly too. Now there's still a ways to go yet - there's a lot of parts to the admin area you know! - but over the coming months we'll be introducing more and more responsive behavior to the admin area to make it possible to login to WHMCS and use it in a more optimised way, with whatever device you use.
That's it for another 6.0 preview, but stay tuned, as next week we'll have a more in depth look at the new client area, and some of the new functionality that's coming with that. Until then, have a great week!
Posted by Matt on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
We'd like to introduce our newest partner - e-onlinedata.
e-onlinedata is one of the leading online credit card processing and merchant services providers, offering fast, secure and affordable payment processing solutions for online merchants.
Integrated with WHMCS for fully automated recurring billing via remote tokenised storage
, signing up for an e-onlinedata merchant account allows you to charge your customers credit and debit cards, on demand, while avoiding all the risks associated with storing credit cards locally on your server.
That's not all, e-onlinedata also offers some of the most competitive rates around along with market leading support that's available whenever you need it, 24 hours a day.
Want to learn more about e-onlinedata and see how much you could save? Visit http://www.whmcs.com/partners/e-onlinedata
to find out more.
Using another merchant provider? Contact e-onlinedata
for a no obligation free rate analysis. They are so confident they can save you money on your processing fees that they are offering $100 in cash to any WHMCS user whose rate they cannot match or better.
If you have any questions regarding our new partnership, please feel free to contact us.
Posted by WHMCS Sean on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
We are pleased to announce the release of WHMCS 5.3.12.
This update contains maintenance updates for the 5.3 series of WHMCS as well as new functionality in Domain Renewal Notices. More information on these can be found in our recent Feature Spotlight blog post: Domain Renewal Notices.
As usual, we are making available both an incremental upgrade version containing just the changed files for those upgrading from the latest previous version V5.3.11 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 Matt on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (or ICANN for short), recently introduced some new requirements relating to how domain renewals should be handled by domain registrars. Some domain registrars have implemented changes in response to these ICANN requirements. For example eNom announced that in an effort to ensure their sub-resellers meet the new requirements, they would start sending out domain renewal notices on behalf of their resellers.
However, as you might expect, many companies wish to continue sending their own custom branded and personalised domain expiry notices, and eNom will allow you to do that, providing you can prove you can meet the requirements set out by ICANN.
As of today, any web hosting provider using WHMCS with eNom can do just that as WHMCS 5.3.12 includes the necessary tools and functionality to ensure you comply. eNom is the first registrar integrated with WHMCS to benefit from this new functionality in our product. We look forward to working with other registrars who offer similar functionality in the near future.
WHMCS has always allowed you to send domain expiry warning notices, however only prior to the expiry date. One of the new requirements from ICANN is that if a domain expires, the registrar must send at least one post expiry notice within 5 days of the expiry date. In 5.3.12, it is now possible to configure any of the reminders to be sent either before or after expiry as shown below.
Another new ICANN requirement was that it is no longer sufficient to just send the expiry notice to a domain's registered account holder, but rather it must go to the email address listed under the registrant contact of the whois record. WHMCS will now also perform this for eNom domains, sending it to both the account holder and the registrant contact (if they differ).
Lastly, ICANN now requires sufficient logging of the domain renewal notices so that an audit trail can be provided for regulatory compliance. With that being said, in WHMCS 5.3.12 we've introduced a new dedicated logging system for domain renewal notices which will keep a log of all renewal notices that are sent, along with the date and recipients, and provide an easy way to view and export that information upon request via a new report.
To get this new functionality, simply upgrade to WHMCS 5.3.12 today
More information on configuring and using this new feature can be found in the Domain Renewal Notices Documentation
For more information on the changes eNom is making and the opt-out process once you have upgraded to 5.3.12, please visit http://www.enom.com/news/867/domain-renewal-changes-starting-february-1-2015.html
Even if you don't wish to opt-out and configure your WHMCS installation to send the renewal notices to your customers, do make sure to set the "Renewal URL" inside your eNom Reseller Renewal Account Settings or eNom won't be able to direct users to your WHMCS install for the renewal in the notices that they send on your behalf.
For more specific details on the ICANN requirements, please visit https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/errp-2013-02-28-en
Posted by Matt on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
When development on Version 6.0 of WHMCS began, we set ourselves some very ambitious goals.
The most visible change is of course the new client area look, however it is so much more than just a new look. The aim was to create not only a great looking user experience, but also the most user friendly, cross browser and platform compatible, developer accessible client area offered by any web host billing platform.
And we're confident you'll love the results.
The real benefit of the new frontend will be seen through the power of how modules (and hooks) can shape the user experience, and once the beta period opens, we'll be opening up communication channels for developers to get in contact with us and discuss the best ways in which they can take advantage of that new functionality. We also have a few surprises up our sleeves so stay tuned for those. :)
But Version 6.0 is about much more than just a new frontend. This is a huge deal for us.
It marks the culmination of a year of hard work, with considerable behind the scenes investment in new technologies and new code, setting the stage for us to ramp up and continue delivering an ever improving quality of product to our users at an even more rapid pace. I will touch on just a few of these here.
Composer is just one of a number of really good advancements to come along for PHP development community in recent years. Created by Nils Adermann and Jordi Boggiano, Composer allows us to utilise components and libraries from other projects and frameworks, which allows us to significantly reduce development time, whilst ensuring we're using quality tried and tested code, as well as giving developers, who work with WHMCS, code and API's that they will likely be familiar with. So far we're using components from Symfony, Laravel and a number of other specific packages used throughout the PHP community for their stability and power.
Next on the list was future planning for the deprecation of PHP's original MySQL functions, and with that in mind, we made the decision to commit to using Models driven by an ORM. After much testing and debate internally, we settled on using the Laravel Eloquent ORM aka Illuminate Database. This makes interacting with the database much easier, and will hugely simplify working with the WHMCS backend database in add-ons, custom reports, and many other ways.
PHP Version requirements is another big issue. PHP is a modern enterprise language that has been consistently providing more advanced features, stability, and security to its developers, and we intend to take full advantage of it. For 6.0, we announced mid-way through last year that PHP 5.3 would be the minimum requirement to run WHMCS 6.0. We really wanted to make this 5.4, but we appreciate that a significant percentage of our users are still running on PHP 5.3 (and even 5.2 in some cases), and that sometimes there are factors that make upgrading PHP difficult. Moving forward however, our PHP support will be much more aligned to that of the official PHP project, so just a little heads up on that.
Last but not least, we've also made a lot of internal changes in the WHMCS labs and offices, both to our backend systems, internal organisation and workflow, our testing infrastructure, and more, including a significant increase in the coverage and permutations of our automated UI, API, and unit tests.
We've also committed heavily to investing further in the product, and with that in mind we're hiring - so if you're a super talented PHP developer, we want to hear from you
As I started out by saying, Version 6.0 is not far away now. In the coming weeks, we'll be posting a series of blog articles that go into more detail about what to expect in Version 6.0 and with more in depth details about some of "under the hood" changes and technical aspects to come. Be sure to keep an eye on our blog and social media accounts. And if you aren't on our mailing list, subscribe here
to be among the first to hear about it.
Posted by Matt on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015