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What is WHMCS and Why Is It Crucial for Reseller Hosting?

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Like many, you may be handling orders, payments, and clients via spreadsheets, QuickBooks etc. If this sounds familiar to you, then WHMCS may be the solution for you.

The fact that you’re reading this article shows you’re serious about learning, and that’s the first step. Here, we’re going to explain everything you need to know about WHMCS to move forward with your reseller hosting business. First, let’s start with the basics…

What is WHMCS?

WHMCS stands for Web Host Manager Complete Solution. Until it was acquired by cPanel, WHMCS was a privately-owned company based in the UK; their platform was so successful, it blossomed into somewhat of an industry staple. They’re the go-to software that automates all the operations needed for online web hosting and domain registration.

Why Is It Crucial for Reseller Hosting?

Think of WHMCS as a software suite that makes life easier for hosting resellers. At the top of its list of functions is automated billing: WHMCS automatically collects payment from your clients so you never have to worry about it.

But WHMCS also handles an array of additional hosting-related services. Through it, you can set up new accounts (and domains), manage existing accounts, consolidate customer communications in one place, support a ticketing system, and set up self-service tools to give your clients more autonomy.

WHMCS is also flexible in terms of compatibility with control panels and service providers. It integrates with over 200 of the most popular ones, including:

  • cPanel
  • Plesk
  • SolusVM
  • Enom
  • ResellerClub
  • DirectAdmin
  • Weebly
  • Symantec
  • Cloudflare
  • Liquid Web

So, if you’re going to enter the reseller hosting business, you’ll want a WHMCS. You’ll be glad you have it too, since it automates and streamlines most of your work.

As for pricing, the plans are scaled based on the size and demands of your company. While the starter plan is only $15.95 a month, you’ll soon need to upgrade to a long-term solution if you’re serious about reseller hosting. The Plus plan rests at $18.95 a month and situates up to 250 clients, though even this won’t satisfy larger and more ambitious companies. The Professional and Business plans, $24.95 and $39.95 a month respectively, offer a fuller suite of services and situate far more clients.

However, depending on who your hosting provider is, you may not need to pay the fee at all! As part of the Liquid Web Reseller Partner Program, we give our reseller partners a WHMCS license for free.

Not only that, but we also provide the WHMCS plugin for free as well. This plugin allows Liquid Web reseller partners to offer even more products to their clients, including:

Additionally, the plugin enables automated VPS provisioning. When one customer provisions a VPS from one of our resellers, the plugin carries the option to display their instance’s bandwidth and monitor information from within the client area. As a reseller, you can offer your customers even more services: load balances, reboots, restores, and more — and all at the click of a button!


Interested in reseller hosting but don’t want to do it alone? As a Liquid Web reseller partner, we’re in this together! Aside from perks like the free WHMCS license and plugin, we also give our reseller partners free DDoS protection and a 100% uptime guarantee, features you can pass on to your customers. Join the Liquid Web family today — apply for the Reseller Hosting Partner Program now.

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Mike Jung

Mike was the former Senior Solutions Engineer at Liquid Web. He likes to keep an eye on the Internet, measure it, and make it go faster. He won't accept "ok" performance, and doesn't think you can ever have "too much" performance.

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