April 21st, 2010, 05:01 AM
Setting up a hosting company?
I have purchased a dedicated hosting and now i want to sell some hosting package. Can you tell me what i need for billing, client managemment etc? what softwares and how cheap can i get them and which ones are most user friendly to use?
April 23rd, 2010, 01:47 AM
For billing and client management, there's a lot of options. Some good, some bad...
The two main ones that I know of are Plesk and WHCMS. There's a lot more out there, but these are probably the widest known of the lot so far.
I'll just make one small point to think about. How many account sare you planning in selling on your server? From what you've said, I'm going to assume that you have got one only server, and you'll be using it for yourself as well? You'll have to see just how much income you'll generate. With only one server it'll be damned hard to pay the bills with just this, unless you go the devils route of overselling (which is very bad).
April 24th, 2010, 03:00 AM
I suggest you check whether your purcase of dedi server is included billing software or whm
Originally Posted by hankyjohn
April 24th, 2010, 05:18 PM
First you need to choose which control panel are you going to use. The most commonly used CPs are cPanel and DirectAdmin. Then comes the billing i suggest WHMCS since it already comes with your own client management, billing & support system you can automate the creation of hosting accounts, invoices and much more. For pricing its up to you how are you going to market your prices.
April 25th, 2010, 03:03 PM
WHMCS works fine and yu should get any kind of control panel. Anyone, not just me would recommend cPanel because it is the most popular hosting automation software on the market. However it is important to target a specific consumer group because the market is very saturated.
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April 26th, 2010, 05:30 AM
IMHO if you would like to sell hosting services it will be much better to get Reseller hosting package than Dedicated. In this way you could easily sell hosting to your clients and there will be not such problems like billing and customers support.
April 27th, 2010, 06:08 AM
Did you already get the server wanting to enter the hosting market without already figuring out what billing software you're going to use? I'm sorry to bust your bubble but this is something you should have already figured out. There are lots of billing software on the market. Some of the more popular ones are clientexec, whmcs, plesk billing (formerly modernbill), whmautopilot, etc. I have extensive experience with modernbill but did play with ce and whmap quite a bit. I would have to say modernbill was the best IMO. WHMCS is newer than the other three but have gained alot of ground. Unfortunately I didnt work with it enough to give an opinion.
August 8th, 2010, 02:59 PM
I would definitely recommend ModernBill. It's not only very reliable as it's been around for quite a while but it's interface is very user friendly too. I used it for a very long time before deciding to switch to WHMCS but I still believe MB is one of the best and easy to use billing systems out there.
August 9th, 2010, 01:37 AM
ModernBill is powerful. But clientexec and WHMCS are easier for new users.
August 16th, 2010, 12:20 AM
You should use WHMCS, Pay PAl, be able to receive payments through credit cards.
August 21st, 2010, 10:49 PM
IMHO ModernBill has gone downhill since being bought my Parallel's. As far as a panel cPanel/WHM are very common and much better then Plesk or DirectAdmin.
WHMCS or ClientExec are great Billing Software
September 8th, 2010, 12:32 AM
Payment,maybe paypal is a better way for both side.I think the Security of every aspect is important,but the most important thing is that you should have enough professional technician to solve problems from customers.