Which one to choose? WHMCS, ClientExec or HostBill? | Webhosting for large downloadable files by users? | News from around the hosting industry

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Subject: Which one to choose? WHMCS, ClientExec or HostBill? | Webhosting for large downloadable files by users? | News from around the hosting industry
Date: March 15th 2023

March 15th 2023

Which one to choose? WHMCS, ClientExec or HostBill?

Andy needs to choose a hosting automation for a couple thousand customers. An import is not an option and will have to done manually. He'll need integration with his local ccTLD registry and a local payment processor for which only WHMCS has integrations (sort of), and to develop integration with the local fiscal service so there's a requirement for an API or some other way to expose the data in the invoices. Cost wise, he thinks CE would be very very affordable. For WHMCS he'd pay $100 a month now and probably increase over time to $175 a month if Oakley doesn't push through another price increase. And there's the cost of any add-ons which adds up to quite a lot. HostBill would be an investment (not a small one but doable - he's considering the second "Enterprise" tier) while WHMCS might be a liability. It looks like he's done plenty of background reading, comparing the pros and cons of each product but still needs advice and recommendations on which to pick. Which, in your opinion, is the best, technically and future wise?

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Webhosting for large downloadable files by users?

A new member has a software downloading website where about 4000 users come every day and download huge sofware files ranging in size from around 500Mb to 1Gb. He asks what hosting would be best to be able to host these large files without over-using the resources. His primary issue is exceeding bandwidth limits, and wonders if he needs something with large or unlimited bandwidth but has no idea what it could be. Initial reactions in the thread advise against considering any sort of regular shared hosting for such a requirement, and point to some of the bespoke file hosting services available. Other suggestions include using cloud storage, or spreading the load across multiple servers. Have you operated a service like this successfully? What approach would you advise?

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News from around the hosting industry

Our Industry News section is the place to find current headlines from around the world of hosting and infrastructure, but other general interest threads pop up in other sections of the forum, especially The Lounge. Here we we highlight just some of the interesting news items from around the forum:

  • OnlineNIC Outage - At the end of last week a member reported having been unable to log into OnlineNIC, and was quickly joined by many frustrated customers reporting the same issue, database error messages, and lack of information about what could be causing the problems they were encountering. It's taken several days for people to start to be able to log in again, with reports of missing domains, incorrect details, and potential misuse of credit card information. Are you affected? Have you had any mysterious charges appear on your stored credit cards?
  • Hacked WordPress sites blamed for return of Emotet botnet spams - After a three month hiatus, Emotet malware attacks have resumed spamming malicious emails containing malicious attached Microsoft Word and Excel files. These documents contain a mess of macros that download the Emotet loader as a DLL from compromised sites, many of which are hacked WordPress blogs. It also reports some good news that Microsoft finally disabled macros by default in Microsoft Office documents downloaded from the Internet last summer and, due to this change, users who open an Emotet document will see a message stating that the macros are disabled because the source of the file is not trusted.
  • DE-CIX to launch new IX in Pakistan - They will set up an internet exchange company in Pakistan under the DE-CIX as a Service (DaaS) model, working with Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL). Technical implementation is planned for this year.
  • Comcast adds new Texas data centers - Comcast Business is expanding its data center footprint in Texas to meet the growing demand for cloud services and business solutions. The company will offer Ethernet connectivity, direct cloud on-ramp services, DDoS mitigation, and software-defined networking solutions like SD-WAN with Unified Threat Management (UTM). New data center partnerships in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin will expand its presence at more than 500 data center locations across the USA.

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