As many of you will know the eCommerce and billing system built in to WebsitePanel has caused me a lot of grief since I started using it, signups not going through, the problem with £0.00 renewals etc. Now don't get me wrong, I am not slating WebsitePanel in general as I think it is a great hosting control panel, it is just the built in eCommerce system which is useless, so I have been looking for an alternative.
The problem has been finding something which is FREE being as cfmldeveloper doesn't have any money to pay for anything else, this proved to be another hurdle as the 2 primary solutions are WHMCS and Hostbill and neither were prepared to donate a free version to cfmldeveloper. I then came across a new product called Cloud360 which seemed to tick all the boxes and I have been testing this product out for the last couple of months. It does the job and fully integrates with WebsitePanel but it did have some major features missing and still felt very "BETA" despite the fact that they are actively selling it, and I have found a few major bugs, which I have been reporting and they have been fixing, which has resolved most of the WebsitePanel related problems. This testing and bug reporting has thankfully garnered me a free copy for use on cfmldeveloper (YAY) which I have now deployed at store.cfmldeveloper.com and is now up and running.
If you are an existing user then you will need to login at store.cfmldeveloper.com from now on to manage your account and hosting subscriptions. Your login details are the same as your WebsitePanel login details. you will continue to use WebsitePanel to manage your actual hosting spaces as before.
The other issue I was having was users who registered for the hosting and then never used their account or simply abandoned it later on, which wastes system resources on the servers having websites and databases setup which are not being used. In order to combat this I have changed the £1 setup fee to a yearly fee. This allows me to setup automatic account cancellation for users who do not renew their subscriptions, thus solving that problem. I realise this means that the FREE plan is no longer completely free, but just to be clear this is simply a required administration fee to facilitate the automatic cancellation of un-used accounts. If you feel the service is not worth £1 per year, then your are free to unsubscribe and close your account at any time.
If you have received an email saying your account has been suspended for no apparent reason, this is due to a bug in the control panel.
The email is not sent by me, it is an automated email sent by the control panel. Even though the FREE hosting has no recurring charge, it seems WebsitePanel has a bug and still generates a yearly invoice for £0.00. As many users are now coming up to their first year on the system, the issue has only just arisen. When an invoice does not get paid your account gets suspended, thus the problem. While I think WebsitePanel itself is great, its built in billing system is abysmal and not fit for purpose at all. I have not found any way to resolve this and am looking to find an alternative to the WebsitePanel billing system. Obviously as cfmldeveloper.com is a free service and I make no money form it, I need to find a FREE solution.
If you had had this issue please login to WebsitePanel and find the invoice number of the invoice causing the issue and open a support ticket and let me know the details, and I will cancel it and un-suspend your account.
A user recently asked me if I knew what the settings for CFBuilder were, as I don't use CFBuilder I didn't know the answer. So I thought I would download CFBUilder and and make a video tutorial. If you use Dreamweaver then you can find the details in the FAQ.
As you will hopefully recall from my previous posts, I worked with Helicon to get Railo and Mura added to their ZOO engine for easy deployment and installation on windows via Web Platform Installer. I also requested them to consider adding support to Websitepanel as well, and yet again they have come through.
I am currently beta testing the latest WebsitePanel 2.0 release and working with Helicon to fix any bugs, which has a some great new features including the support for Helicon's ZOO engine. Helicon ZOO is what I currently use to provide Railo hosting here on cfmldeveloper by the way. Below are some videos showing the new features, which as you can see make installing Railo and Mura a synch. The new features will be available on CFMLDEVELOPER when the Beta is released and when our host BlueThunder do the upgrade.
Easily install Railo on your server via WebsitePanel.
Railo Project Template
Enable Railo on your website by installing a template project and enabling the Helicon Zoo module.
Easily install Mura on your site via Microsoft Gallery installer.
MuraCon will feature sessions by top developers from the Mura CMS world, showing off the latest developments and features in Mura CMS. Connect with the Mura CMS community and learn how you can harness the power of one of the world's top Content Management Systems.
Two days of great content to improve your Mura CMS knowledge and productivity. At MuraCon you'll get 100% Mura CMS focused information, with insights into future developments, tips and tricks, and much, much more.
Also don't forget you can try out Mura right here on cfmldeveloper.com using your free developer hosting account. Professional Mura hosting, development and support is also offered by our Host BlueThunder Internet.
Mura CMS/Blue River
Kendo UI in Mura CMS
ten24 web solutions
Building a Lean Startup in Mura CMS
Twitter Bootstrap & Responsive Layouts in Mura CMS
Mobile-Ready Websites with Mura CMS
Mura Performance Tuning
Filter Your Content: Creating Custom Local Indexes & Iterators
Multi-lingual websites with Mura CMS
Creating a Mura Plugin with FW/1 (2012 Edition)
Integrating Google Search Appliance with Mura CMS
MuraCon Wrap Up & Raffle
Mura CMS/Blue River
A final schedule and session descriptions will be published soon on the main website. Stay tuned...