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Jan 21, 2020

Account Panel for clients in an Online Store

Today we released a new feature for our Online Stores system. Following up on the recent releases of the Account Panel for end clients, and the Clients interface allowing you to group services under a single Client entity, we are now releasing the Account Panel for Clients in an Online Store.

In the following paragraphs we will give a short overview of the ICDSoft Online Stores system and its components.

A quick overview of the ICDSoft Online Stores system

As a hosting provider focused on resellers, developers, and agencies, one of the major projects at ICDSoft has been our Online Stores system. It allows any registered reseller/partner to create hosting stores with their own pricing structure for the purpose of reselling ICDSoft's services to end customers. The Online Stores system has several major components:

Online Stores

The online stores functionality is the major building block of the system. It allows you to manage the services you wish to offer to your end clients, set your own prices, and configure your branding.

Account Panel for your clients

The Account Panel for end clients allows your clients to manage their services from a single interface, order and renew services at your prices, etc.

Clients

This is the component that gives your services a name. It allows you to create customer profiles (Clients) and assign purchased services to them. Each client gets their own Account Panel where all assigned services can be managed.

Hosted Storefront

The hosted storefront is a functionality allowing you to quickly build an online hosting store in order to attract new customers to your brand. With this option you no longer need a website or hosting as we host and provide the entire solution for you.

WordPress plugin, Widget, API Endpoint

These three features allow you to build your own custom hosting shop. If you want to build a more advanced website, this is the recommended method. We have a detailed tutorial on the building of a fully working online hosting website from the ground up with our WordPress plugin and Elementor:

How to Start Your Own Hosting Company At Home – the Complete Guide

With today's release, we mark the completion of the major components for our Online Store system.

Jan 13, 2020

Easier client management with the ICDSoft Clients feature

The recent introduction of the Account Panel for clients was just the first step towards our new client management model. It is now time for the second step that will further enhance the CRM-like experience for our partners and resellers. Meet our new Clients feature - an easier way to manage your end clients and their hosting services.

What is this Clients feature?

Simply put, it is an easy way to manage service ownership and group multiple services under a single owner called Client. You decide who pays for a specific service and how much it costs:

- Clients configured to use an online store will be able to purchase only services enabled in it at the prices set up in that store.

- Clients configured to use the ICDSoft store will have access to all services provided by ICDSoft; they will still take advantage of your reseller discounts.

You can create and remove Clients, change their usernames and details, associate services with Clients, as well as move services between existing Clients.

A Client example

If you have a friend using more than one hosting account with you, you can now easily associate these accounts with just one Client, and the Account Panel for clients will allow your friend to manage these accounts from a single interface. Each Client can purchase new services, upgrade existing ones, and manage all aspects of their account without having to go through you.

For example, if you associate a Client with the ICDSoft store, they will use your discounts and will interact with ICDSoft for their billing needs. If you have an online store and associate a Client with that store, this Client will buy from you directly at the prices you have defined in your store.

Dec 12, 2019

Account Panel for reseller partners' end clients

We have introduced a new administrative Account Panel for the clients of our reseller partners. It provides end clients with their own hosting management interface and allows them to easily make new purchases and upgrades.

This is a great feature for agencies and developers who don't wish to be the hosting provider for their clients, but still need access to their clients' hosting services. For example, you could easily build a website for a client and keep it connected to your reseller account, but your client will renew their hosting service and purchase new services directly with ICDSoft.

Here's a quick overview of some of the advantages of the new Account Panel:

- End clients can order new services at great prices - the more hosting accounts they have, the bigger discount all parties gain.

- End clients get access to exclusive services that are not available in the hosting Control Panel - domain management, domain transfers, SSL certificates, Advanced Security.

- End clients get access to the SmartVPS platform where they can host multiple projects on a VPS.

Jul 12, 2019

VPS pricing policy changes; lower prices for current VPS plans; a new VPS plan now available

We would like to announce a significant change in our pricing policy for Managed Virtual Private Servers. All current single-site VPS plans will now come at a much lower price, as follows:

  • First Class - $99 USD/month
  • Ultimate - $299 USD/month

Also, we are introducing one more single-site VPS plan called Startup. It comes with 2 CPU cores, 4 GB of RAM, and 50 GB of SSD space, at the price of $49 USD/month.

You can check and compare our single-site VPS plans at our Single-site Managed VPS Hosting page.

The lower cost for VPS services was made possible after the recent updates of our hardware platform which included much more powerful servers and easier account management.

IMPORTANT: The volume and reseller discount policy will no longer apply to VPS plans. The renewal for each plan will be at the prices listed above.

With the new pricing policy, we hope that VPS services will be more affordable to our customers, and this will give them more options for the growth of their sites/businesses.

Oct 30, 2018

Increased discounts on new hosting purchases

We would like to annouce that our discounts table was updated today, and the discounts for new hosting services are increased. All existing customers and resellers can now get new hosting services at an even lower price.

Customers with one account can now order their next hosting account with 40% discount, instead of the previous 20% discount. Resellers with six or more accounts up until now were getting 50% discount on new purchases, and this discount is now increased to 90%.

We hope that the increased discounts on new hosting purchases will allow our customers and resellers to expand their business further.

The complete discounts table is available here:

https://www.icdsoft.com/en/reseller#discounts