Originally Posted by eXPerience2010
Well I was exaggerating a little. I can afford it.
But I set myself a budget. One that I've already overspent.
I've just bought a dedicated server you see.
Am installing cPanel as we speak.
And I don't want to spend anything else until I get some custom.
Please keep sharing your Hosting Tool experiences guys.
Budgets are good things, especially from a business perspective allowing you to quantify decisions objectively in a universally measurable fashion however based on your explanation it seems you are thinking short term.
When starting a company it is always important to consider your future business position, take this as one of many theoretical examples, "In 6 months time your company has expanded to include, VPS, Dedicated, Domains, SSL, Shared and other assorted services, your daily or monthly orders exceed 50 to 100 many of which may be fraudulent"
Consider now that these services will be spread across multiple providers (Comodo ,VeriSign, Enom ..etc) and multiple servers and even control panel distributions ether on the same or separate networks.. the cost to manually setup an account and the speed vs the automation provided by WHMCS is one of the many advantages as well as fraud and support functionality.
Then consider the more important issue of moving X number of clients from the hosting tool system to the more robust WHMCS with the most probable lack of an automated import and the difference in control panel for users.
As a result I would advise much as I would for an ecommerce company, choose the system that is robust yet simple and efficient enough to start out however will support future requirements and expansion (hence magento for ecommerce) in this case however WHMCS and as a result increase your budget to save future expense.
As to host tool I have no experience with it although have read up on the features.