ModernGigabyte, LLC, a leading developer of automated and integrated billing solutions for hosting providers, and SWsoft, the established leader in hosting automation and virtualization software, today announced the complete support for all current Plesk versions in ModernBill Version 4.1. With Plesk managed servers integrated with ModernBill, Web hosting providers have a scalable and automated end-to-end hosting environment.
“Seamless integration between the Plesk control panel and billing will enable Web hosting providers to focus more on marketing their business instead of running it,” said Jeremy Christ, co-founder, ModernGigabyte. “ModernBill provides the highest level of integration with the Plesk 7 and previous versions of this leading control panel.”
“ModernBill is becoming the billing system of choice for many of our Plesk customers,” said Kurt Daniel, director of marketing, SWsoft. “The latest version will help hosting service providers upgrade their service offering considerably and matches strongly with SWsoftÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ability to offer Plesk as an even more integrated and extendable product.”
Controlling Billing on Plesk Servers
Selected by 8 of the top 10 U.S. service providers and by the top five European service providers, the Plesk 7 control panel dramatically simplifies the management of UNIX, Linux, and Windows-based servers. Proven through years of professional production usage, Plesk is considered the industry benchmark for managing dedicated and shared single server environments.
By using ModernBill’s integrated order form, end-users can choose from available Plesk accounts. These accounts can be configured for an endless number of add-ons like extra disk space or extra bandwidth and can be billed on either a recurring or one-time basis. ModernBill supports 6 billing cycles and can be configured to prorate for billing on a single day per month or on the anniversary of the billing cycle.
By purchasing ModernGigabyte’s FraudGuardian service, Web hosting providers can completely automate the processing fraud scoring of each order in the system. The order can be processed on any one of the 20 support gateway processors, including ModernAuthorize.net. Once funds are secured, ModernBill can automate the creation of the Plesk accounts onto the Plesk servers. By using an API Queue and background crons, ModernBill calls the appropriate Plesk server using PleskÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Creation Utilities.
Using Server Groups to Differentiate Levels of Service
ModernBill’s server groups feature allows hosts to easily cluster their Plesk servers for scalability and balanced package loading. This feature allows hosts to designate which Plesk accounts get assigned to a particular server group. Furthermore, accounts will be assigned to the servers in that group according to the fill order designated by the host. By having multiple server groups, hosting providers can differentiate levels of service. This makes scaling the system up very easy as new Plesk servers can be added to server groups quickly and easily.
Domain Registration Automation with Plesk
ModernBill’s built-in domain registration automation further automates the deployment of the Plesk packages. The advanced integration with registrars like Register.com allows customers to completely manage their domain information from within ModernBill. The Plesk module reports the correct IP address to the registrar to facilitate the domain registration over multiple servers. A syncing process even keeps your IP list up-to-date and recycles unused IPS on Plesk servers.
Once the Plesk account is created on the server, a welcome email is sent to the end-user notifying them as to how they can access the services they have received. Hosting providers can continually upsell customers from within ModernBill using the Add-ons and Upgrade features. When customers enter the client interface, they can buy additional services that the provider make available. Upgrades (like migrating from a Silver Package to a Gold Package) will be appropriately billed and the changes will be added to the API Queue for complete automation.
ModernBill will also suspend Plesk accounts for lack of payment and re-enable the package with payment automatically. Packages can also be manually suspended and unsuspended or deleted from within ModernBill. ModernBill also tracks bandwidth usage on accounts and can charge for overages when invoices are created and automatically delivered by email.
When properly configured, ModernBill and SWsoft’s Plesk make a completely automated service delivery system a reality for the masses. It empowers customers to make choices for themselves and greatly reduces the amount of support required to manage a hosting business. By speeding up the rate at which customer orders are fulfilled, hosting providers will increase customer satisfaction which will assure good word of mouth advertising. By automating billing and credit card charging, hosts can be sure to collect in a timely manner and ensure that customers pay for services they utilize.
SWsoft is the recognized leader in automation and server virtualization software for hosting service companies, communications providers, and enterprises. The company powers more than 50,000 servers for customers in over 100 countries. SWsoft’s products deliver industry-leading performance, stability and manageability for its customers to increase utilization of their limited IT resources. Headquartered in Herndon, VA, with offices around the world; SWsoft is a privately held, profitable company, offering comprehensive solutions including: Plesk, Virtuozzo, PEM, HSPcomplete, and Confixx. For more information about SWsoft, visit www.sw-soft.com.
About ModernGigabyte, LLC
ModernBill by ModernGigabyte, Inc., offers an automated and integrated billing solution for Web Hosing Providers. It provides a modern interface and is completely Web capable. It can create and process invoices, batch charges with a variety of popular merchant gateways, and report many important accounting functions. It includes integrated order forms so that customers can easily use your product and it is integrated with popular registrars for automated domain registration. ModernBill offers billing solutions for SWsoft’s Plesk 7, 6.5, 6, 5 and 2.5. For more information about ModernBill, visit www.modernbill.com.
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