WHCMS Now Available In Virtual Office


I am pleased to announce that WHCMS is  now available within my VirtualOffice product range.

Overview

WHMCS is an all-in-one client management, billing and support solution for online businesses.

WHMCS handles everything from signup to termination, with automated billing, provisioning and management. With WHMCS, you’re in control with a very powerful business automation tool.

Features

  • Billing – Multiple Currencies, Tax Support, One Off & Recurring Invoicing, Quotes/Estimates & Ticket Support Billing
  • Automation – Payment Processing, Refunds, Fraud Checks, Product/Domain Provisioning & Management
  • Easy to Use – Simple & Intuitive Interface, Fast Loading, Quick Setup & Efficient Support
  • Products – Offer Free, One Time & Recurring, Prorata, Custom Fields, Welcome Emails, Stock Mgt & Promotions
  • Transactions – Over 50 Supported Payment Gateways, Income/Transaction Logs & Statistical Reports
  • Support – Integrated ticket system, knowledgebase, downloads, announcements & network issues tool
  • Modules – Create, Suspend, Terminate, Upgrade, SSL Certs, Update Nameservers, Renew & More…
  • Customisable – Client & Admin Area Templates, Order Forms, Language Files & CSS Styling
  • Developer Friendly – Module Development Kits, Action Hooks & a Remote API

More Information About Virtual office

Virtual Office from Court Guinness is an affordable online business management solution which comprises of any number of open source products from a well populated list and extends and integrates these via a “bridge” solution.

WHCMS is available from £1.69 per month

An additional licence is required for this product.

For more information on VirtualOffice, please use the form below to contact me.

AMAZON AWS S3 Failure


So according to this article the Amazon AWS S3 platform is having some problems. Some of the largest websites in the world have been affected by an outage. Amazon is saying it is an increase in error rates as opposed to an outage. Some sites and services are missing data, some are offline and some are running slower than I can walk 🙁

This is not a good thing for businesses who need to have control over their web services. Disaster recovery and business continuity seem to be non existent. This is a fail. When I was designing parts of networks and systems we would always factor in disaster recovery. AWS looks good but it can also rack up to be very very expensive indeed.

What is even more worrying is that Amazon AWS S3 is seen as being too big to fail, therefore my business won’t have any problems because it is with Amazon. This episode shows that Amazon along with anything or anyone is not too big to fail. No one thing, person, business or infrastructure is not immune to failure. Simple.

This is one of the biggest IT failures I have ever seen and I have seen more than a few in my time in the technology industry. Some small but I have also seen some spectacular failures.  IT outages and system failures happen every hour of every day of every week of every year. IT specialists are trained to handle and repair these or even prevent these outages from happening by carrying out preventative maintenance. These things happen and should be prevented where possible.

Amazon will surely take quite a hit on this. I can imagine certain CTO’s are sitting at their desks now and reviewing their relationships with Amazon and other similar providers to ensure they don’t get hit by something like this either again if they have been hot this time or for that matter anytime in the future.

One thing is for sure this story will not go away for a while and its impact will be felt in very varying degrees by so many including users who will be unhappy about being unable to access essential web sites and apps. Amazon clearly need to look at a redesign or upgrade.

I would also like to assure Virtual Office users that they are unaffected by this as I do not use AWS preferring my trusty HP Servers and infrastructure.

Pub For Sale Leicestershire – Leasehold


On behalf of my office, The P2 Set I am  delighted to offer to market a delightful pub and guest house in North Leicestershire.

The Lounge and bar trade well and the property has 20 parking spaces an outdoor area with smoking solution, 8 letting rooms and 2 bedroom owners accommodation.

The pub is free of tie.

Strictly Confidential Sale.

Leasehold £50,000

Prospectus and financial information in office now.

Please click here to go to the office website for more information.

The July 2016 update


So whats been happening? Workwise: Well the July edition of The P2 List has just been published you can get it here: [Download not found]. I am enjoying the publishing side. I just need to automate it a bit more 🙂 I am now developing some new products and services, the first of these will be available shortly. The P2 Set has a quite a few new opportunities on offer. Personally, well for the time being I have avoided a credit card splurge on the catawiki website – check out their modern classic auction if you are a petrol head, there are some lovely cars on there. I finally managed to get my home office remodelled, all it now needs is a wide screen telly and an xbox 🙂 I also refitted my private cloud and it is working very well indeed. Health issues have become a problem and I am now working mostly from home. Osteo arthritis and this sod have seen to that amongst other things health related which I do not wish to discuss here. 🙁 I have space for some new business opportunities and some non exec and trustee work. On another note I am having a goood giggle at all the chaos this little matter of brexit has caused. This blog has now been running for four years and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my readers.