WHMCS (Web Host Manager Complete Solution) is one of the best billing software for web hosting companies, even some of the reputed web hosts used WHMCS for their billing panel including HostGator on their initial days.
Are you a WHMCS Refugee?
In April 2021 WHMCS Increased their pricing a lot and now you’ll have to pay thousands of dollar to host unlimited customers within your WHMCS dashboard. Blesta is one of the best alternative available out there, it solves your necessary needs to run a Hosting Company.
It’s not only about web hosting companies I have seen some online SEO Tools, but VPN Service providers also use WHMCS Software.
New Pricing: On 6th April 2021 WHMCS Announced a new pricing module which going to be implemented from July 2021. They discontinued STARTER plan in the update.
WHMCS 8.1: In February 2021 they released a stable version of WHMCS 8.1 which has more features and options to scale up your hosting business and automate your billings.
You no longer need an additional Module to integrate Google Analytics and track conversions.
WHMCS Pricing Hike
It was expected after cPanel Price Hike that WHMCS will increase the pricing structure as well but personally I didn’t prepare for that much increment in new pricing.
Browse more details Download PDF, after this update people giving positive and negative mixed reaction about the same but its clear that with this price model WHMCS is going to lose many small customers and also WHMCS Alternative get a chance to grow because of current users will switch for the same.
Why WHMCS Billing Panel?
I have tested many billing even to manage GoogieHost Free Hosting servers but its not that easy to configure your servers into the billing software,
The major issue I faced with other panels is their Automation modules like account termination, suspension, sending emails don’t work the way they work with WHMCS.
No matter you just accepting domestic payments or want to accept International payments in over 50$ currencies.
WHMCS has large numbers of Payment gateway modules built-in like PayPal, Stripe, Skrill, RazorPay, WorldPay, and many others.
You do not need to hire any developer to integrate payment gateways in your WHMCS panel all you have tom provide your gateway API credentials and you are ready to go.
WHMCS Server Integrations
Another most loved feature is, no matter which controls panel you use to manage your hosting server like cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, SolusVM, Virtualizor, or anything else.
Just like Payment gateway integration its damn simple to add your servers in the WHMCS portal and start assigning to your customers.
The Complete Hosting Automation
That may sound very strong worlds to recommend WHMCS but they deserve this title because I am managing 3 web hosting platforms and tested over 10 panels before shifting to WHMCS completely.
Whether its about generating invoices on time, managing accounts, Revenue breakouts, Mass Mailing, Marketing Tools, Customisations and much more is there to explore.
On (04/10/2016) WHMCS announced a new update of its product with new pricing officially which is not acceptable for any customers at the moment.
There are no changes in exiting license for the next 6 months and then after you may have to pay an increased price based on your client database.
Update: Starter Plan will no longer available after 1st July 2021 you’ll be upgraded to PLUS license automatically.
If you have owned license then it is good for you because as per current update you wouldn’t have to pay any additional cost and you will be receiving upgrades like before.
They are promising to improve the service quality but still new $39.99/mo for having 1000+ customers database is not digestible for most of the web hosts, being a free web host its really bad news for us.
If you need some more advance features in your billing panel then there are a couple of WHMCS Addons available on the official website.
Currently, 6 addon features are available for open sale
- Project Management
- iWHMCS iPhone App
- aWHMCS Android App
- Licensing Addon
- Configurable Packages
- Live Chat & Visitor Tracking
You can add any of these addon services with your billing system, currently am using aWHMCS Android App
which takes my business on smartphones and in just 6 months we got 10K installs which do matters in the web hosting industry.
Templates and Themes:
I have seen stunning templates available on Theme stores for free of cost, however,
if you need a custom design for your website then you may hire a freelancer according to your budget.
If you need premium pre-build template then I highly recommend you buy from ThemeForest because it has really awesome collection at a reasonable price.
You can buy HTML 5 based fully responsive WHMCS themes at just $14-$25 per site.
No wonder you are searching for a WHMCS alternative for some reasons like can’t afford the price,
This another most used Billing Panel used by many hosting companies but if you compare it with WHMCS there are many features are missing in Blesta Panel.
Before you pass any judgment let me tell you Blesta has enough features to run a small hosting company and if you compare with pricing you are getting an Unlimited License for just $12.95/mo and $14.95/mo for an Unbranded license.
To be frank Bill manager is not for kids to play with because as per my personal experience with this panel it is an enterprise level application to automate your
- VPS/Servers Provisioning
- Advance Management options
Pricing for Billmanager is depends on size of your business and requirements and you’ll need to contact them to get the pricing details. You’ll be getting more advance features (In some cases better than WHMCS).