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WHMCS Version 6.1.0 Released

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We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of WHMCS 6.1.0 under General Availability.

6.1's headline new feature is New Order Forms. With a new default look, the shopping cart experience is now fully responsive and mobile friendly, has a fresh new touch friendly design and 3 new and exciting ways to showcase your products. Check out last week's Feature Spotlight to find out more.

Next up, we have a new System Health Check feature designed to give you a clear and detailed insight into the overall system health and status of both your WHMCS installation and the hosting environment upon which it is installed. Read all about it here.

There's also improved logging of admin configuration actions to give you a more granular and fine grained audit trail, support for eWay's RapidAPI PCI free credit card processing gateway solution as well as 101Domain - the domain registrar that allows you to register many of the world's local gTLDs.

The move to General Availability marks the end of pre-production testing and means 6.1 is now the recommended version for all new installations and upgrades. A big thanks as always to everyone who took part in the testing.

Use the links below to get started...


Posted by Matt on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015







Feature Spotlight: System Health & Updates

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Version 6.1 will be out later today bringing with it a brand new feature designed to give you a clear and detailed insight into the overall system health and status of both your WHMCS installation and the hosting environment upon which it is installed.

Health Status

The new page, which can be accessed via the Help menu in 6.1 and later, will highlight any serious issues that require immediate attention as failures, with lesser serious issues highlighted in amber as warnings. Get all passes and you deserve a high five - your system is in top condition!

In addition to checking for the minimum server requirements required for WHMCS to run, it will also highlight things such as PHP extensions that while not required, help to ensure smooth and trouble free operation. As well as inform you when you are running a PHP version which is no longer actively supported and not receiving any more security or bug fixes.

Notice in the above screenshot how the page is alerting us to the fact that our cron has not competed successfully within the last 24 hours. Other examples of possible failures include email pop collection not running, insecure file and/or directory permissions and required PHP extensions missing. By bringing issues like these to administrative users attention as soon as they happen, we hope to make it easier to detect issues before they become a real problem.

On the top left hand side you can see what version you are running and if an update is available, along with quick and direct shortcuts to both the Release Notes and Changelog for further information specific to your version.

Below that, you'll find all the recent news & announcements from our blog, keeping you right up-to-date with all the latest news and developments from WHMCS HQ.

Ready to see how your system measures up?

Don't worry, you don't have long to wait, 6.1 will be released later today so come back soon!

Thanks for reading!


Posted by WHMCS Sean on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015







Feature Spotlight: New Order Forms in 6.1


Version 6.1, which will be out next week, brings with it a brand new shopping cart experience, and 3 new and exciting ways to showcase your products.

Following on from our work on the client area in 6.0, in 6.1, it's the turn of order forms. With a new default look, the shopping cart experience is now fully responsive and mobile friendly, has a fresh new touch friendly design and more functionality than ever before.

And as if all that isn't enough, we've also created 3 awesome new visually appealing ways to present your products, with more coming soon.

Enough talking, let's get to the screenshots.

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Pictured from top to bottom.
  • Premium Comparison - Ideal for presenting products in a side-by-side comparison, this presents your products in a 3 column comparison style with features listed vertically.
  • Pure Comparison - Another comparison based template, provides a slightly different presentation style but again focused on the feature comparison format commonly used in web hosting package offerings.
  • Cloud Slider - A slider based product selection page tailored specifically for cloud based web hosting. Allows users to scroll through a range of products and see feature values presented in a visual way.

Featured Products, Group Features and More...

Another neat new addition is the ability to feature selected products (or bundles) allowing you to highlight and promote selected products more prominently inside your product groups. By promoting one of your products as the most popular, you guide your customers towards a particular offering and what's more, it's widely recognised that peer validation help give users confidence in their choice which can not only increase conversions, but ultimately help ensure they purchase the best solution.

In addition, product groups now allow you to define headlines and taglines making it possible to tailor the messaging customers see to more conversion based headline grabs. Plus, you can also define features common to all products within a group which are displayed in addition to the individual product description/features. The screenshot below shows the new product group configuration admin UI.
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The shopping cart also sees new functionality in the way of ability to estimate taxes pre-checkout, automatic credit card number formatting and more. As well the templating engine has also got some attention, with the added ability to define a template parent from which template files are inherited, allowing you to customize and extend order forms in a way that is quicker, simpler and easier to maintain. More details on this can be found in the documentation here.

Closing

All of these new order forms are available to try today in the 6.1 release candidate. If you would like to get involved, it's not too late, click here to find out more.

And if you don't want to try the release candidate, you don't have long to wait, as 6.1 is scheduled to be released next week.

Thanks for reading!


Posted by Matt on Friday, September 18th, 2015







We're at cPanel Conference 2015

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cPanel Conference 2015 is happening now! In conjunction with our sister company cPanel, the cPanel Conference is always one of the highlights of our year.

For us this year, the focus is on talking to customers about the recent changes we've made in Version 6, and what they'd like to see in 2016. Since the Version 6.0 release, just 2 months ago, over 40% of our user base has upgraded and started leveraging all its new features. The response we've received from customers, integrators, and partners has been incredible. And we've been busy, as Version 6.1 is right around the corner, featuring new order forms, improved logging of admin configuration actions, a new Health Check feature, support for eWay's global PCI free credit card processing gateway solution as well as the 101Domain Domain Registrar which brings with it support for a whole host of new gTLD's. The Release Candidate was released just last week, so if you want to give it a try, you can download it now!

Don't Miss Our Talk

Today, our very own Nate Custer and Kevin Laude will be presenting a talk on "Customizing WHMCS Modules" demonstrating just some of the new things that are possible with the new and expanded developer API's in 6.0 for users and developers alike.

The New Marketplace

As if all that's not enough, our new upcoming Marketplace is the other big news we're very excited to share, so whether you're a customer, integrator or partner, be sure to stop by our booth. We're right by the entrance, so you can't miss us!

Party with WHMCS

Finally, join us on tonight for "Dancing by the Ballpark" in association with cPanel and Weebly, at ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop for the chance to meet and chat with some of our team in a more relaxed environment.

If you would like to reach out to us, drop us an email at [email protected] or tweet #TalkWHMCS and we'll be in touch.

We wish you a safe journey to Denver (or a welcome to Denver if you've already arrived!), and we look forward to seeing you at the conference...


Posted by WHMCS Sean on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015







Version 6.1 Release Candidate Now Available

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The Version 6.1 Release Candidate is available to download and upgrade to today.

The headline feature in 6.1 is new order forms... four of them in-fact: Standard Cart, Premium Comparison, Pure Comparison and Cloud Slider.

All of them are fully responsive, desktop and mobile friendly, integrate seamlessly with the Six template and are packed with more functionality than ever before.

To start with we have a new Standard Cart template which is a generic cart designed to work with all types of products and services, next we have 2 brand new comparison style product selection pages perfect for hosting and packages, and finally we have a new slider design, ideal for cloud & virtual hosting.
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If order forms aren't your thing, there's also improved logging of admin configuration actions, a new Health Check feature, support for eWay's new global PCI free credit card processing gateway solution as well as 101Domain - the domain registrar that allows you to register many of the world's local gTLDs.

Stay tuned next week for a feature spotlight on the New Order Forms and Health Check features.

So what are you waiting for? Give Version 6.1 a try today...

Remember, Release Candidates are pre-production releases that are provided for testing only and are not recommended for use in a production environment.


Posted by Matt on Thursday, September 10th, 2015







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