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Billing: Plesk or WHMCS?




Posted by gattonegro, 12-02-2012, 10:39 PM
I am looking to purchase new reselling service and I'm looking at some of the billing features of Plesk and WHMCS. My main feature request is this: automatic recurring billing. For example, a client enters credit card information and it is billed automatically (monthly, for example) without any required input or interaction from the client. This would obviously be approved by the client prior, and a PDF or email would be transmitted every billing. I just don't want the client to have to log in every month to pay... Does either Plesk or WHMCS offer this feature? Plesk: considering 1&1 Dynamic Cloud Service. WHMCS: found a few deals that offer WHMCS for free, including Eleven2.

Posted by SPINIKR-RO, 12-02-2012, 10:45 PM
The ability to do no card present, recurring credit card transactions relies solely on what type of merchant or gateway provider you use to accept your cards. Then see if their is a existing integrated module for whatever billing system, or make one.

Posted by gattonegro, 12-02-2012, 10:57 PM
A quick look with WHMCS shows that PayPal does offer recurring/subscription billing, with some work-arounds to make it work properly. PayPal is also a supported payment processor with Plesk, but not sure if anyone has had experience with this type of billing through that software?

Posted by net, 12-02-2012, 11:02 PM
I don't have any experience to both products but I can recommend clientexec. It is stable for us. I guess it depends on what you want to accomplish.

Posted by Tuguhost, 12-02-2012, 11:10 PM
what i know plesk is hosting control panel not a billing software, whmcs can make subcribtion payment

Posted by EksoKen, 12-02-2012, 11:51 PM
Good old modernbill is now plesk billing

Posted by Host4Geeks-Kushal, 12-03-2012, 01:52 AM
Assuming you are comparing between Plesk Billing (not plesk) and WHMCS. I would recommended WHMCS for obvious reasons, it is de facto standard for the hosting industry and has loads of plugins for your usage.

Posted by Riyaz_Shaukatali, 12-03-2012, 03:19 AM
Wow, I honestly did know that there exists a WHMCS type software called Plesk Billing. I was confused with OPs question, thinking why would he compare between Plesk and WHMCS. Anyway, in my personal opinion nothing beats WHMCS today.

Posted by Host4Geeks-Kushal, 12-03-2012, 03:46 AM
Not necessarily. Hostbill is very promising and I am looking forward to where it goes.

Posted by StarWebHosting, 12-03-2012, 05:01 AM
I would go with WHMCS with the recent link up between WHMCS and cPanel great things are sure to come (hopefully)

Posted by JonaHost, 12-03-2012, 06:29 AM
WHMCS or hostbill. We currently have both but I personally love Hostbill.

Posted by ibuyspace, 12-03-2012, 10:37 AM
We have used whmcs, hostbill abd modern bill. depending on what you want to sell and what type of control panel you are going to use. for cpanel, whmcs is the one to go for. For plesk, best that you can their inhouse billing ( old modern bill )

Posted by JS-James, 12-03-2012, 12:12 PM
Personally, of the two, I'd suggest WHMCS.

Posted by BestServerSupport, 12-03-2012, 12:34 PM
I would also recommended WHMCS, it is very much user friendly for both end users as well as administrator. It supports wide range of domain registrar modules and also server modules. The interface is nice and also it provides in built ticketing system.

Posted by Larry, 12-06-2012, 01:52 AM
I use HostBill, very very feature rich. I have no issues with it, and there're more features coming out with each new release.

Posted by UtsavT, 12-06-2012, 02:31 AM
I am using WHMCS and Founded them the BEST

Posted by FragVPS, 12-06-2012, 02:58 AM
WHMCS is definitely the best option in my books, it's the most user friendly, widely used and compatible with most payment gateways. HostBill would be my second option but I wouldn't go anywhere near Plesk.

Posted by UtsavT, 12-06-2012, 03:00 AM
I agree with You

Posted by 01globalnet, 12-06-2012, 04:49 AM
1 for WHMCS

Posted by gattonegro, 12-07-2012, 02:31 AM
I'm hearing that WHMCS is quite popular, and probably very robust. To provide additional clarity to my original post, Plesk has a component called "Business and Customer Manager." It appears as if this would have the tools to do recurring billing, a feature I was after, but any hosting service providing Plesk is much more expensive!

Posted by clauuudiu, 12-08-2012, 01:07 PM
Seeing that WHMCS is the choice of some of the largest hosting companies, i think that there should be some obvious advantages. I worked with clientexec and whmcs for a little time, and as far as i can say, WHMCS is a bit more easy to configure and "user friendly". The basic features are available for any of them, but WHMCS has a larger community and lots of addons.

Posted by hostwebs1, 12-09-2012, 01:02 AM
I Suggest to use WHMCS5 for CC with any Payment Processor like MB, Paypal from where client can pay his/her fees automatically after activating subscription.

Posted by SergeyL, 12-10-2012, 12:12 PM
While Plesk Billing (now branded as "Customer and Business Manager") could work for you, WHMCs would commonly provide wider variety of tools and plugins available. With help of bigger community you may easier get an answer for a problem with WHMCs. Besides well known integration with cPanel, also Parallels would do a module for WHMCs for its newParallels Plesk Automation product. So on WHMCs you will be able to run both hosting platforms.

Posted by "hostronica", 12-14-2012, 02:09 AM
The plesk is only the control panel, but WHMCS. The WHMCS will help you with the recurring billing all the months the customer have to be billed. But you need to have at least a VPS to have working the automatic account creation.



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