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Billing Software/Platforms for Your Hosting Business Compared

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: August 16, 2020 @ 4:23 am, by Jon Biloh

Billing platforms make your life easier when running a hosting business, as billing platforms are just not limited to, billing your customers, but also to provide complete automation of services.

Every hosting platform has all the basic features such as order system, client area, support management through tickets, payment gateways, hosting modules and an API. Though some may have limited offers, but it all depends on your requirement. This is why we have not listed billing platforms based on any rank.

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WHMCS

An industry leader, Web Host Manager Complete Solution, provides all the features you need for a hosting business. It integrates with all the popular control panels and also provides extensive documentation about each module. Whether you sell hosting, domain, or SSL, it automates everything for you. Another good thing is that it has a large community and hence an extensive marketplace, you could ever find for hosting modules and plugins. With all the built-in modules and community modules, you can even provide other services along with your hosting business such as game servers, software and lots more depending on your customization level.

However, WHMCS uses IonCube to protect their code from getting stolen, which makes it hard to customize it as per user’s need.

Pricing starts at $15.95/mo for 250 clients with a branding and self-hosted solution. If you are a corporation, then $39.95/mo for unlimited clients with non-branding.

If you provide web hosting, virtual private servers, SSL certificates, game servers, and other digital products, then WHMCS is a perfect platform for you.

HostBill

Host Bill is a professional platform for hosting business, providing a vast number of features. Those who are looking to expand their business, can surely look into it and consider it. It has a nice functionality, especially for data centers and large-scale hosting business who provide dedicated servers. It is also mentioned on their web page that they have over five hundred integrations for control panels, applications, order templates, client templates, payment gateways and modules. Just like all other billing platforms, it comes with all basic features. They also provide good documentation, especially for developers.

Since Host Bill has numerous amounts of features, it has a price for it too, as it is an expensive billing platform. Price starts at $599 one-time payment with limited amount of integrations and is labeled as “Startup”, and it only allows creating ten support tickets. Every license also comes with 1 year of support and updates, which can be renewed optionally for $99/year. Host Bill also uses IonCube to protect their code from getting stolen, hence modification is not possible.

Host Bill is a great billing platform, but it comes at a greater price. Though, data centers and large-scale business can afford it easily, but smaller business cannot and can look for other alternatives.

WISECP

A new billing solution for hosting business, which has caught our attention. It ships with all the basic features required for small, medium and large hosting business, along with some distinctive features that can be found in other billing platforms, but at extra cost, we found that those features are part of WISECP core. Though integrations are quite limited, but considering the business age, there were more features than the one that are in the industry for more than ten years.

Some unique features such as a website integrated with client area and a document verification system, allows hosting companies to ask their clients for documents based on certain conditions. Domain Management is complete, providing you to apply price automatically based on registrar prices. Affiliate system is also built-in, allowing your business to expand. Another thing which we found amazing is that it is being updated frequently.

WISECP uses IonCube to protect their code, so customization is not easy. Documentations are not much in detail, so it is hard for developers to create a module.

Pricing starts at $12.90/mo with branded license and without any restrictions which is economical. Other options include the professional license for $295 one time with support & upgrades renewing for $35 every year and an enterprise (lifetime) license which they sell for $695.

Since WISECP is light on pocket, it is good for all small, medium and large business who want to provide web hosting, virtual private servers, domains and SSL certificates.

Blesta

Blesta is an open-source and affordable hosting platform for web hosting business. The code is written efficiently, allowing developers to customize it as per their needs. Almost every basic feature is present in Blesta, however, it lacks a proper domain management system which is an essential part of web hosting business. They have a great and friendly community with Discord and forums which helps with the issues. The documentation is well-prepared and one can understand the system easily as it is made user-friendly.

It does not only limit you to provide hosting services, but downloadable products too. It also has a built-in integration for some well-known game control panels, allowing you to provide game servers with this platform. As of July 29, 2020 Blesta released an update that includes a built-in affiliate system. Blesta generally has a fewer amount of integrations as compared to other billing platforms, though their frequent software updates are cause for confidence.

Blesta starts at $12.95/mo with branded license and does not have any restrictions. It also provides an owned license, which starts at $250 one-time payment and one year of support and updates. Support and updates can be renewed for $39/year. Many well-known companies provide Blesta for free with their services, so you can also get Blesta along with their services.

It is an affordable hosting platform, which is good for small to medium-sized business and are looking to provide web hosting, virtual private servers and game servers hosting.

I'm Jon Biloh and I own LowEndBox and LowEndTalk. I've spent my nearly 20 year career in IT building companies and now I'm excited to focus on building and enhancing the community at LowEndBox and LowEndTalk.

6 Comments

  1. Thank yo so much.
    I have never known wisecp. I used BoxBilling in a short time but now it seem be discontinued.

    August 17, 2020 @ 2:23 am | Reply
    • Glad you found this post helpful!

      August 17, 2020 @ 9:46 am | Reply
      • Laurent Dubois:

        “Blesta has no built-in affiliate system”

        This statement is not true., I think you should make the correction. It was introduced in version 4.11 which was released on July 29, 2020

        https://www.blesta.com/2020/07/29/blesta-4.11-released/

        Also WISECP has professional license for $295 one time with support & upgrades renewing for $35 every year & an Enterprise (lifetime) license which they sell for $695

        August 21, 2020 @ 10:35 pm | Reply
  2. Laurent Dubois:

    WISECP have no license costing $425

    August 22, 2020 @ 8:14 am | Reply
    • We’ve updated the price to reflect the current price of $295 one time. This piece was written months ago hence the required change. Thank you!

      August 22, 2020 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

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