Exciting News! If you haven't already heard, please see our blog post @ http://blog.whmcs.com/
And if you want to discuss it, here's the place to do it...
Sounds like great news but i'm a little taken back by the comment "These two heroes" Very odd statement.
On to my question, what's this mean for the future of WHMCS
I'm pretty excited to see what matt and cpanel have cooking for the next version of whmcs.
In my opinion this could potentially be bad news for other modules such as Plesk. I certainly hope that this doesn't have any negative effect on the software and I hope that WHMCS retain the majority share hold.
I love cPanel as much as the next person but partnerships like this could limit the amount of options consumers have.
Seems obvious to me from the language of the announcement that this *should* mean tighter/better integration between the two products at some point in the future. I for one will not complain if that's how it turns out. Users of other control panels might be understandably nervous, but my guess is those will continue to be supported. WHMCS isn't going to thumb its nose at a large portion of its client base and strictly support cpanel.
I imagine some better centralized multi-server cPanel management may also come into play with this at some point, which would be great.
This is exactly what I thought upon reading the news. To be honest I've always felt that WHMCS benefits from considerably better usability than cPanel, mostly thanks to a superior UI. In actual fact, I've found this exact simplicity of UI in WHMCS to be closer to Plesk than cPanel.
Plesk module development seems quite limited as is, with the built-in modules being very barebones -- they don't account for simple errors very well and the Plesk 10 module doesn't even have statistics updating. I really hope that WHM/cPanel doesn't throw its weight around to make these modules worse, or even just by blocking potential improvements.
Sounds great, cPanel is a great product and has a great team as long as you don't drop support for other control panels, this should mean great things for WHMCS's future.
I can confirm that the announcement today is most certainly genuine. And I'm here along with the cPanel team in Boston @ HostingCon to announce it. So if you're attending and you want to drop by cPanel's booth tomorrow, it will be great to meet you all.
I'd also like to re-assure everyone that our integrations and support for other control panels are not going to change or diminish in importance in any way from what they are currently. And that I'm not going anywhere, and remain the lead developer & CEO of WHMCS. Sorry but you're stuck with me!
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I have to say i disagree. What's made WHMCS so good was they're independent. Not partnered with that of whom they created the software to use with. It expanded and went to other panels.
I'm afraid it'll create a bloated software, the partnership will go too corporate style and WHMCS will eventually change in to something everyone will one day hate. It's been great thus far due to it's privately held, independent presence. Change that and it just may be too much change.
Either way, too much speculation, not enough information as to what it means. Could just mean Matt goes out for a beer with cPanel staff. Business is meant to grow, build equity so wait and see as consumers, as for Matt in the sense of moving forward, congrats!