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May 8, 2020

Automatic WordPress and Nextcloud Installation for New Accounts

ICDSoft clients and partners can now order new accounts with a preinstalled software package directly at the Order New Account screen in the ICDSoft Account Panel. The supported software packages are WordPress and Nextcloud Hub.

There should be no need to explain what WordPress is. We'll simply say that it is the most popular website building software today, which is exactly why we have a dedicated WordPress management section in the hosting Control Panel, and also why we added it as an option for automatic installation on the order screen.

Many users install WordPress once their hosting account is set up, so we wanted to help our partners by simplifying this process for them as much as possible. The option to install WordPress automatically is available for all hosting plans. We install the latest stable WordPress version in the account's main document root.

The other option for software installation is Nextcloud Hub. It is an online content collaboration platform which offers productivity tools similar to those provided by public cloud services, but with one major difference - privacy. With Nextcloud Hub, you own your data! We have a blog post where we take a look at 10 free and private alternatives to public cloud services, and Nextcloud Hub is featured heavily there:

10 Free and Private Alternatives to Public Cloud Services

The option to install Nextcloud Hub automatically upon order completion is available only for VPS plans. Although it is possible to install and use Nextcloud Hub on an ICDSoft shared server, its resource consumption is best suited for VPS solutions. We install the latest stable version of Nextcloud Hub in a subfolder on the account.

In case you want to install both WordPress and Nextcloud Hub, you have the option to do so, as long as you order one of our VPS plans.

Apr 7, 2020

Even more features for people moving to ICDSoft

We only recently started offering compensation to people moving from another host where they have some unused time. Yet quite a few clients have already taken advantage of this offer and moved to ICDSoft. Not only did they receive compensation for their unused time, but they also got their sites moved for free by our team.

As our free site transfer services and hosting compensation packages are getting more and more popular, we created a separate page on our website with detailed information about the full range of services we provide to people moving over to us:

https://www.icdsoft.com/en/hosting/free-site-transfers

To better accommodate clients moving from a VPS or similar type of service from another host to ICDSoft, we also increased the maximum compensation of unused time we provide for VPS plans from one to six months. So now all hosting plans may receive up to six months of compensation for unused time at the previous host.

Mar 20, 2020

ICDSoft now provides compensation for unused time at previous host

We now offer free months of hosting to customers moving from another provider where they have an unused period of their hosting subscription. To receive the compensation, clients must provide proof of the remaining time with the previous provider such as screenshots showing service due date, service-related receipts/invoices, or similar.

The maximum free hosting period we can add depends on the hosting plan:

- For shared hosting plans - up to 6 months.
- For VPS hosting plans - up to 1 month.

To request the compensation, clients must submit a support ticket through the ICDSoft Account Panel and include the proof of remaining time with the previous host. The request must be submitted during the first 30 days of a new hosting subscription. More information is available in our FAQ section.

We hope that this new complementary feature, combined with our great prices and free site migrations, will make the switch to ICDSoft even easier.

Feb 7, 2020

ICDSoft rewards its most successful partners for 2019

At ICDSoft we know how hard it is to build and maintain a successful business. This is why we have always done our best to help our clients and partners by developing tools and solutions for every business - from small web agencies to high-volume companies.

This year we decided to help growing businesses by providing them with a rebate amounting to the total value of their new hosting purchases made in 2019. We hope this will give our partners a solid base to continue their growth in 2020 as well.

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.