Me and my partner have recently teamed up again to start a new webhost, and we have everything pretty much ready to go except for the billing software. We do own a Whoiscart license and we are probably gonna end up using that but I was wondering a few things...
1. With whoiscart, is there an option so that when people buy a package and pay via paypal, Paypal will somehow send something to whoiscart software saying the payment has been confirmed, leading to instant activation? (i think this exists, maybe im wrong though)
2. Is there any software that has the ability to automatically suspend accounts if no monthly payment is recorded?
I am not able to answer your first question, but I can tell you that ModernBill allows you the option of enabling automatic suspensions if payment isn't made. It also allows you to select how long to wait after an invoice goes past due before suspending the account.
Good luck in your search and good luck with the company!
Whois.cart will do what you are after, but I will strongly suggest you don't do it. Instant activation opens you up to a host of fraud/phishing/spamming problems that a few minutes of manual verification will solve.
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what you are referring to is call IPN. I believe whoiscart offers this feature. But, like keliix, I agree that you should stay away from instant activation. It will open you up to a world of problems. Consider the situation where someone has used a fake credit card, they sign up for an account while you are not monitoring, then they proceed to use your server to send thousands and thousands of spam emails before you get the opportunity to ban their account. And as a result your ip is now blacklisted and other customers are complaining because their emails are bouncing.
I have to say, Whoiscart is cheap but is really what you dont need, the features are pretty limited and its damn hard to skin, myself id save and go with modernbill the features are just everything you could ever need. Good luck whatever you choose.
Thank you all so much for your response. You have brought up great points and I think you guys are all right and I will make sure that we do not do instant activation. I would rather have a reputation for high quality business with an hour or two wait than a low quality business with instant activation.
I am currently looking at modernbill and Lpanel. Money is not a concern for me, if it was I would not be running a dual processor xeon server for a company that could go down the drain. lol
Originally posted by HOST78 Do you screen domain names as well?
What if the customer orders domain "wazoo.com" and 3hrs later when you are screening it, the domain is taken?
It should not take any host 3 hours to screen their system if they run a 24-7 operation. Even if you don't run a 24-7 company you could always have the system ( billing / order ) send you a text message.
Also even though the domain registers say the domain is available how do you really know it is until itís in your hands. I have seen this many times where one says itís not taken and the other taken already.
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