Just a couple of hours left before new HostBill version release – we’d like to take a time and show you amazing new feature of upcoming update.

HostBill ticketing system is recognized as easy to use, despite being packed with dozens of useful features. With new version we’re adding new one to admin ticketing interface – Ticket Views. Now every admin will be able to define his custom ticket listing, select auto-search & ticket filter criteria, columns and column order displayed in view.
Each admin can define his private views (displayed only for him), or public (displayed for all support staff members).

Use cases:

  • Using mobile phone and want to catch up with your tickets on train? Define mobile view to display only your tickets and ticket subjects/status (you don’t need anything else on small smartphone screen) – one click away and you can see only what you need.
  • Using ticket tags & search terms to sort special groups of tickets – define view and have them one click away from you
  • Certain search term repeats? When entering new filter details you can store it as view with one click



HostBill is well known of its outstanding pace of development and rapid new releases. We’ve decided to make process of upgrade easier to HostBill users, that’s why with release of HostBill 3.9 (2012-09-07) we’re introducing HostBill AutoUpgrade & AutoPatch

This Plugin (enabled by default) periodically checks for new HostBill versions & patches – if new Version is available, administrators will see following notification:



Upgrading to latest HostBill version is simple as clicking one button:


Quick video commentary:
– Plugin checks for latest version available
– After confirming upgrade new HostBill is automatically downloaded
– Archive is safely extracted
– Database is being updated to latest version

No matter what you think about cloud hosting – its here to stay. Whether its best invention since sliced bread or just marketing hype – you can (and you should!) make money out of it.

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Dont know where to start? Start with stable billing system + cloud platform that suits your pocket. Here are just couple of ways on how to bring IaaS to your customers with minimum hassle, and most importantly with fully automated provisioning trough HostBill:

Method 1: Have few more bucks to spend on hardware? Build your own cloud!

Consider OnApp – integration with HostBill includes Cloud, CDN, Load Balancers
Or try CloudStack – sell cloud/vps with rich end-client interface

Method 2: Little less money for hardware? How about Cloud VPS service?

HostBill provides feature-rich integration top VPS control panels like:
SolusVM
Citrix XenServer
Virtuozzo
VMware ESxi

Method 3: Just starting? Let other worry about hardware – time to resell cloud!

Number of VPS/Cloud hosting providers already offers HostBill modules, including:
Vps.net
Dediserve
RackSpace
Linode

Some control panel/platform is missing for you? Let us know – we can automate everything! ;)

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What we’ve recently been up to? Its been a while since last post here, in case you haven’t noticed already we’re posting updates and plugins more often on our second blog – extras.hostbillapp.com. So whats new in HostBill?

  1. HostBill 3.0 has been released few days ago, featuring major domain management updates
  2. We’ve introduced OnApp:LoadBalancers integration as only billing system on the market!
  3. Security has been significantly improved + we’ve added built-in security manager
  4. Languages are no longer kept in database, you can easily manage them through Admin: Language manager
  5. I could go on like this for a long time…

…but why not develop something now? OK!

Introducing: Direct Order Link Plugin

If you’re using HostBill already you probably know that you can use Direct order link for services, so client can add product to cart without selecting one from list by visiting certain URL. Now with Direct Order Links plugin you can do much more! How to use it:

- Log in as administrator & activate Direct Order Link plugin

- While logged in, visit your clientarea->cart

- select product, configure it the way you want (add addons, set forms elements, set values, billing cycles, discounts etc.)

- click on Generate Now

- you will receive direct order link that will contain your current cart configuration – send it to customer for rapid checkout process!

See how it works:

See it in action!

Price: FREE Download
To install: Extract archive in your main HostBill directory and follow screencast guides to activate.
This plugin will be included with HostBill 3.1 by default
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HostBill users recently reported issue with OnApp 2.1RC4 module.

Problem:
When creating billing plan using API its not possible to create machine as client, as OnApp throws HTTP500 + bad response error.

Solution:
We’ve created patch for OnApp Full-Featured module 2.1. To apply it please download your copy of module again from our clientarea, and extract archive contents
in main HostBill directory.

Patch drawbacks:
This patch hard-codes clients’ cpu-shares to unlimited (its not setting cpu-shares limit in OnApp), and for new machines created from HostBill clientarea it sets cpu-share to 1, despite of slider settings.

Please note:
This is temporary patch, once OnApp will fix this bug with next RC/Stable version we will upload regular version of module with working CPU-Shares limit.

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Do you offer simple Cpanel hosting, and do your customers keep bombarding you with questions about terms beginning with “CLOUD”?
- Cloud Servers
- Cloud Storage
- Cloud Hosting
- Cloud Services

Why not compete with the big hosting providers?
With OnAPP + HostBill you have cloud technology ready to go!

You can see an example of integration here:

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The new HostBill contains the powerful OnAPP module, which will allow you to resell your Cloud and enable your clients to manage their own VPS servers. Thereʼs only a few days to wait until the new HostBill arrives!

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It’s late here, the release date is tomorrow, and weʼre doing some final polishing on the next version of HostBill. Iʼve decided to check what can be done with the HostBill add-ons system in just 40 minutes. The results of my work will be added into the upcoming release. Clients Online is a really simple yet handy add-on that will show you which of your clients are currently logged-in. It integrates itself into the admin homepage, so you will have at-a glance information about your clients’ activity.

clients_onlineSmall, simple box on the admin homepage – now you will know who is online.

I canʼt wait for the new version and your feedback on it!

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It’s a matter of single days now until the next version of HostBill is released. With this version we will introduce an add-on especially for hosting company owners. If you own or resell a few dedicated servers spread across different collocations, you probably know the pain of managing contacts for them, or going through dozens of emails to find login details or hardware specifications. Well, worry no more, as now you can have all that information in one place – in HostBill!

With our add-on you’ll be able to manage collocations where you host your servers, contacts to them, and keep information about racks, servers, switches, labels etc. Just take a look at the screenshots:

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The next version is coming up, and as I’ve just finished developing this i thought I’d share a screenshot of the new add-on that will be included with the new HostBill (1.4.6). CSV Exporter is a simple tool for everyone who wants to do accounting outside HostBill and who needs a set of data exported from it. Youʼll be able to export invoices, transactions, accounts, domains and client details to be used in any program that is compatible with CSV format.

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Its around one week until next HostBill will be released, and because of this we’ve decided to show you something special – new free HostBill addon which will be included with next version – PayPal Balance Addon. This simple addon gives you at a glance information about your current PayPal balance. But the best part about it is its simplycity – no need to edit any file!

See how you will be able to start using this (and many other addons):

1. You will visit addon management section, and hit “Activate” next to this addon

2. Fill in your API data, and hit Save Changes

3. Thats it! your Homescreen will look simmilar to this attached below:

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Easy configuration…

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…and our addon is working!

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