Originally Posted by Alex - A2 Hosting
Good luck with your venture! You're just starting out and looking at a custom billing system already? WHMCS starts at $15.95/m, Blesta $12.95/m -- the time it'll take you to build will be way more than that. Is it even worth it?
At $15.95/m if you value your time, if you just spend 1 hour maintaining this system once built would cost you more than paying for an existing solution upfront.
Each to their own I guess. Hoping it works out as you plan
I have to tell you, I'm not just starting out. I've been doing this over 10 years. I've also been through tech skool.
I haven't been in here in a couple days because I have had my head stuck in a new linux server I isntalled CWP on transfering domains and I love CWP. I thought I was going to get rid of even Plesk completely, however, when I crunched all the numbers, because my Plesk server is a pretty good size. I don't really care about the billing system software, because when I factored that in using whmcs I can still do what I projected. This might sound crazy to a lot of people but I am now running Plesk and CWP servers even though I thought I would get rid of Plesk. I'm just working through the speed bumps at this point and my original vision to offer web hosting as low as $10 a month is still going to work. And I renewed my license for WHMCS. I already know the pricing on that since I have been using it for countless years. I did renew with a lower cost license, so my billing site will have their link in it, but it's okay. It won't hurt my business.
I looked at other good carts, but the low cost ones didn't work right, the free ones didn't do what I want them to do, and the good ones wanted a one time fee which required more money than I have. So WHMCS remains my choice and I have transferred it to my new Web Hosting server and domain. WHMCS is working with me to get it online.
I have one customer who has one of my top accounts on which he can run up to 7 domains under a single login. He pays about $77 every six months and his costs are now going to be chopped down considerably, quite possibly in half or there abouts.
Once I get this all in place, hardly any web host will be able to compete with me. Even the big dogs won't be able to compete with me.