BILLmanager 4 and BILLmanager 5 functionality comparison

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Introduction

BILLmanager 5 has a number of changes both in the interface and functionality.

New features

  • New COREmanager 5 engine
    • New user interface, which can be customized according to personal needs
    • Multithreading
    • API (some features remain unchanged)
    • Heading files for development of custom integration modules, plug-ins, and BILLmanager sections
    • Updated file structure
  • New built-in ihttpd server
  • New setup mechanism which allows to install and configure integration modules using repositories
  • Automatic payments; some payment gateways support refunds and automatic money back
  • Service (and other objects) history
  • Clients segments (different selection criteria and automatic mass mailing)
  • New billing type "Client can choose" which allows for more flexible configuration of service add-ons
  • Recalculation history
  • New limits for service order
  • New contract types
  • Automatic and manual validation of payer data
  • Localization tools
  • Synchronization mechanisms for:
    • IP addresses. Once in 24 hours BILLmanager 5 synchronizes information on IP addresses
    • OS templates. It allows to monitor usage of commercial OS templates
    • Services. For example, when you integrate BILLmanager with VMmanager the billing system will check that all virtual machines created in VMmanager are lso created in BILLmanager. If a virtual machine is found in VMmanager but doesn't exist in the billing system, the corresponding notification will be shown in the "Notifications" module.

Changed features

  • Manual setup of services. The "Tasks" module you can manage automatic errors and perform other operations that can be performed only by Admins.
  • Advanced integration with DNSmanager: automatic creation of free domain names generated for services on provider's name servers
  • Integration with IPmanager is a mandatory step when you integrate BILLmanager with other ISPsystem's control panels
  • Integration with domain registrars and SSL providers in now performed in the "Processing modules" section
  • Disabled add-ons are no longer billed
  • Internal names for units of measure are specified according to international standards
  • Payment methods are not bound to companies and can be used without them
  • Tax rates are set for service provider
  • Discounts are no longer available for "Clients groups". Group discounts can be set in the "Promo actions" module
  • URLs of payment notifications were changed for most payment gateways

Deprecated features

  • BILLmanager runs on Apache, Nginx proxy remains unchanged
  • "Enumeration with quantity" billing type was changed into "Client can choose" allowing for more flexible configuration
  • Ticket category. A client can choose a department when creating a new ticket. You can add description for a certain department that will be shown to clients
  • "Game hosting". You can use a custom service type to set up custom services