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HostBill and European Union invoicing

Running a registered business in EU? You probably have some strict invoicing rules to follow – take VAT and its exceptions, or sequential invoice numeration for example. Lets take a quick tour to see how those can be handled with HostBill:

Tax(VAT) Exceptions

If you’re selling goods or services to company with registered VAT EU number you should not charge tax (A reverse charge). With HostBill you can turn on tax exceptions for such customers – and most importantly – HostBill can do it automatically for you!

Watch how easy is to configure HostBill to do so:

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Sequential Invoice Numeration and Pro-Forma invoices

In most EU countries paid invoices are required to have consistent, sequential numeration, unpaid invoices can be treated as Pro-Forma invoices. You don’t need to edit any files in HostBill to fulfill those rules, or have second accounting software for invoices. With two mouse-clicks you can turn on Pro-Forma invoicing and sequential paid invoices numeration – its that simple!

See mentioned two clicks configuration:

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Developers, start your IDEs – HostBill custom modules examples are here!

Visit http://wiki.hostbillapp.com/index.php?title=Custom_Modules if you havent already – we’ve finally updated this page with working examples, so it will be easier to understand. Now you’ll be able to see for yourself how powerful HostBill modules can be. Let us know if you need more examples.

And here is little bonus from Geek&Poke – how we love to write documentation here in HostBill:

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Webdeveloper musthave – Zen Coding

This post will not be directly related to HostBill itself – but hey – its developers blog! 😉

I’ve recently stumbled upon great tool called Zen Coding – if you’re using HTML in your everyday work – this little fellow can save you a LOT of time – just requires some practice, for ex:

div#page>div.logo+ul#navigation>li*3>a

will be expanded into:

<div id="page">
        <div class="logo"></div>
        <ul id="navigation">
                <li><a href=""></a></li>
                <li><a href=""></a></li>
                <li><a href=""></a></li>                
        </ul>
</div>

Make sure to see it in action:

Tutorial: Integrating HostBill with your current website layout

In this short tutorial we will show you how to fast integrate your HostBill installation’s template to match your website’s look and feel. No advanced html/css skills needed – just some copy/paste and we’re done!

Tools needed:

  • text editor (anything will do the job, best will be with syntax coloring – like free notepad ++ for windows)
  • FTP client
  • Firefox + FireBug plugin can be helpful for finding bugs
  • small coffee

Lets get started!

I’ll be using free html template from http://www.freelayouts.com/ as a original website, so HostBill will match it look and feel at the end. Template i picked: http://www.freelayouts.com/templates/-Green-and-Plain?preview=true.

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