Best WHMCS alternatives

WHMCS is a feature-rich client management solution for web hosts, freelancers and agencies.

WHMCS Alternatives
WHMCS Alternatives

When it comes to client management and billing tools, WHMCS remains the undisputed champion.

Web Host Manager Complete Solution, better knowns as WHMCS, was founded in 2013 and is used by some of the largest web hosts in the world.

In the UK, hosting giants such as Krystal, Guru, tsoHost and A2 Hosting all use WHMCS.

Its ability to seamlessly integrate with numerous domain registrars and well-known web hosting control panels like cPanel, Plesk, and Vesta has always been a key feature of WHMCS.

The billing and hosting provisioning suite also allows you to manage web hosting clients, set up billing automation, send invoices, sell services and provide support via its built-in ticketing system.

WHMCS has been a favourite of mine for over 15 years, but it is not for everyone. You can find cheaper and free alternatives depending on your needs.

Let's take a look at the best WHMCS free & open source alternatives:

Clientexec

A very similar and cheaper option to WHMCS is Clientexec. Founded in 2003, Clientexec was designed with small to medium-sized hosting businesses in mind.

Advantages over WHMCS

  • Cheaper
  • Built in Live chat
  • Hosted version

Blesta

Blesta was first released back in 2007 and just like WHMCS, the hosting and billing software remains in active development.

Advantages over WHMCS

  • Cheaper
  • Open source
  • Run multiple brands

Box Billing

Box Billing is a free open-source web hosting and billing platform that was first released in 2015. You can sell any type of product including web hosting, software licenses, servers, downloadable products and custom products.

Advantages over WHMCS

  • Free
  • 100% Open source

Hostbill

Founded in 2008, Hostbill is a complete billing and hosting solution with a huge library of integration modules.

Advantages over WHMCS

  • Cheaper long term

WISECP

Another great and modern system is WISECP. It can automate client handling, billing, customer support, and all other operations to keep your web hosting business running.

Advantages over WHMCS

  • Cheaper

BilingServ

BillingServ is a hosted billing platform that offers instant client management and billing tools with seamless automation.

Advantages over WHMCS

  • Cheaper
  • Hosted

Upmind

New player Upmind is a cloud-based platform that integrates with several hosting control panels and domain name registrars. The team behind the platform are the same guys that were behind Tsohost (before it was sold to GoDaddy), Stablepoint, and Fixed.net.

Upmind has a free option that allows you to have up to 50 customers.

Advantages over WHMCS

  • Cheaper
  • Hosted