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IP.Nexus 1.2 Dev Update: cPanel Integration

As was hinted in the blog entry last week, IP.Nexus 1.2 shall bring support for selling hosting packages.
Right away I'd like to mention that this at the moment will work with any server using cPanel and WHM - we will of course gauge interest for other control panels for future versions.


Hosting Packages

You set up hosting packages just like regular products and advertisement packages. There is a contextual settings tab which displays hosting-specific settings, and these packages then show up in the store:



Each package is assigned what we call a "Server Queue" - this is a collection of servers which the account may be created on.
So for example, you could have your "advanced" packages only use higher-powered servers. Servers can be part of multiple queues.

When the account is created, the server in the queue which has the least accounts is chosen to create the account on.


Purchasing a Hosting Package

When purchasing, users will be asked if they want to choose their own domain or use a subdomain of one of your domains. You can of course make only one of these options available.
If the customer chooses their own domain, they'll be shown your nameservers, and if they choose a subdomain, they'll be shown a list of options - both of these you can set up in the Admin CP.



Client Area Management

Customers can view their account information in the client area along with all other purchases:


From here they can also launch the control panel, FTP and change their password.
You can also configure options to allow users to purchase additional bandwidth for that billing cycle, if their bandwidth limit is reached.


Admin CP Management

The purchase page in the Admin CP shows the same information that is available in the client area, along with the control panel and FTP buttons:


Clicking the edit button will allow the administrator to edit specific allowances on the account, without the need to log into WHM:


The administrator of course, does not need to manually suspend and terminate accounts. If the customer does not renew their account, it will be suspended, and, after a certain number of days (configureable in the Admin CP), terminated.
Of course, using the normal package cancel function allows administrators to manually suspend accounts.


Server Management

In the Admin CP, you can view all of your servers along with the current load. From this page you can also reboot a server.


Clicking on a server will show you a list of accounts on that server. You will also see an overview of how much diskspace is in use and how much is allocated (so you can see if you're overselling). Nexus will also check all the accounts in it's local database against the server to check for any discrepancies:


Discrepancies can include an account not on the server but in the database (and vice versa), domain names not matching and account is suspended on the server but active in the database (and vice versa):


In addition to auditing each server, there is an "Audit All Servers" button which will check all servers for discrepancies.




We're sure that there will be many questions and comments about this new functionality - if there's anything you'd like to see not mentioned here, please post in our feedback forum.

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Fantastic potential here! :thumbsup:

Will the Nexus documentation be updated to include a "Hosting for Dummies" section, to walk us through the setup? Also, what about the user help files, will they be updated and be simple enough so that we can attract users who are not too computer/web literate, but would like to make a presence on the web?

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[quote name='Maalong' timestamp='1295910166']
Fantastic potential here! :thumbsup:

Will the Nexus documentation be updated to include a "Hosting for Dummies" section, to walk us through the setup? Also, what about the user help files, will they be updated and be simple enough so that we can attract users who are not too computer/web literate, but would like to make a presence on the web?



This should be your way, meaning you should make it that way yourself. You can create pages using IP.Content, make it attractive, it's not IPB's duty to make you make money.

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While it's a potential nightmare for support, I am interested in this development. It's another way to leverage a popular domain, if you have built one up.

Isn't there a big problem that they could run a script or something on your server, and screw up your website?

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[quote name='Maalong' timestamp='1295910166']
Fantastic potential here! :thumbsup: Will the Nexus documentation be updated to include a "Hosting for Dummies" section, to walk us through the setup? Also, what about the user help files, will they be updated and be simple enough so that we can attract users who are not too computer/web literate, but would like to make a presence on the web?


I'm sure there we can write some documentation on how to set everything up :)

[quote name='TheEddy' timestamp='1295915058']
When will IPS ever cease to amaze the eddy?


We'll try not to ;)

[quote name='SuperNoob' timestamp='1295934506']
While it's a potential nightmare for support, I am interested in this development. It's another way to leverage a popular domain, if you have built one up.Isn't there a big problem that they could run a script or something on your server, and screw up your website?


Obviously the server this is running on will need to be suitably configured for a shared hosting environment.

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[quote name='Francismori7_2' timestamp='1295911865']
[quote name='Maalong' timestamp='1295910166']Fantastic potential here! :thumbsup: Will the Nexus documentation be updated to include a "Hosting for Dummies" section, to walk us through the setup? Also, what about the user help files, will they be updated and be simple enough so that we can attract users who are not too computer/web literate, but would like to make a presence on the web?


I'm not asking IPB to make me money! Read my post again, I'm asking about a user help file.


[quote name='Mark']I'm sure there we can write some documentation on how to set everything up

Thanks Mark.

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[quote name='Maalong' timestamp='1295959538']
[quote name='Francismori7_2' timestamp='1295911865']
[quote name='Maalong' timestamp='1295910166']Fantastic potential here! :thumbsup: Will the Nexus documentation be updated to include a "Hosting for Dummies" section, to walk us through the setup? Also, what about the user help files, will they be updated and be simple enough so that we can attract users who are not too computer/web literate, but would like to make a presence on the web?


I'm not asking IPB to make me money! Read my post again, I'm asking about a user help file.


What you said is you wanted to attract people with things they add, it's not how it should work. You should add things to attract them. :)

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Just to clear this up, so there is no misunderstanding. What I am asking is whether the help file(s) that will be included with the update (accessible via the help section under the sign in panel) will include documentation regards how a user can set up a page in easy steps ie:

Sign up for a package
Use an FTP client to create a directory structure
Upload pages written in HTML etc, images, files...

I am wondering what type of help files will be available with the update for users to view before deciding on purchasing. Of course the marketing of the subdomains will be down to us, how we advertise it, and how we convince people to buy into it.

But will we need to write the help files for the users ourselves, or will there be help files that a semi computer/web literate user will understand.

Also, what about the user help files, will they be updated and be simple enough so that we can attract users who are not too computer/web literate, but would like to make a presence on the web?

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