Once your domain is active, you're ready to get WHMCS installed.
Using our one-click installer, this process is extremely easy, with absolutely no coding or FTP needed!
To access the installer login to cPanel and click on WHMCS at the bottom under Softaculous Apps Installer:
Once inside, click Install Now!
Once inside, click the Quick Install button to make it very simple:
You'll then have to fill out a couple simple form fields:
Choose Domain: Most likely you'll only have one domain here to choose from.
In Directory: This is the directory you want WHMCS to be installed in. If you want someone to see WHMCS as soon as they access your site (i.e. https://www.yourdomain.com) then leave this field blank. If not, you can specify a directory such as billing (i.e. https://www.yourdomain.com/billing).
Data Directory: Leave this default; whmcsdata is fine.
Admin Folder: This is going to be the name of your admin area. Make it hard to guess, but don't use special characters as it won't work.
Valid License Key: Remember, this comes free with your Corporate Hero Reseller account. You can get it from our Client Area -> Cloud Web Hosting -> Corporate Hero -> Addons link under the Overview menu:
The license key will look something like this (notice the highlighting):
Admin Username: This is going to be your username to access WHMCS. Make it hard to guess but no special characters (i.e. @, #, etc.).
Admin Password: This is going to be your password to access your WHMCS. Click the key to generate a very strong password (please make it very strong).
Admin Email: This is going to be the email address associated with your WHMCS admin account. Incase you ever lose your username/password, you'll need this to reset it. Make sure you have access to this address.
Congratulations - you've installed WHMCS!
Login To Your WHMCS Admin Area
Next, you have to do some simple configurations to WHMCS to make it function.
When you finish installing it, you'll have a link to your admin area, but it's going to be something like https://www.yourdomain.com/admindirectory
From here, login with the username and password you created:
Complete The Setup Wizard
The first time you login to WHMCS, you're going to see their setup Wizard. I highly recommend going through it step-by-step as it'll help you make sure your initial settings are correct. To begin click Next:
This is very basic information about your company. If you don't have a logo, you can always go back and add one later.
The most important field here is the email address as this will be the email address that all your emails that come from your system are sent to your customers.
You should make it one that they can easily reply to with questions.
The address will be shown on all of your invoices, so if you have a physical place of business, enter it in there.
Click Next once you're finished and remember you can always change these settings later:
The next steps allow you the ability to start taking payments.
If you're just getting started, you probably just want to use PayPal.
If you have an existing PayPal account for your business, enter the email address in here.
If you don't have one yet, enter the email address you'd like to use, and when you receive your first payment, you'll be emailed instructions on how to claim the payment and complete the setup of your account.
They also have the option here to setup your own merchant account which also gives you the ability to accept credit cards.
There is a bit more involved in this setup and I actually would recommend using Stripe. Therefore I'd skip this for later if you're wanting to use something other than PayPal.
I don't however recommend accepting payments mailed in. This is 2018, if people are still having to mail in payments, there is a slim chance you're going to get paid.
Click Next to proceed:
This next step is very important. It is the step that is going to allow you the ability to process domain name registrations and transfers.
The first option you should check to enable it. I would also enable the recommend Popular TLDs.
The price is going to be the price to your customers. I would set this at $14.95 but we're going to edit that later in this tutorial.
For this tutorial, we're going to be using Reseller Club. I do not recommend Enom!
Enom used to be the "go to" choice for resellers. However, they were recently acquired by Tucows and their support is awful (it was actually bad before the acquisition but now they don't seem to be to much focused on gaining new business).
I'll show how to integrate Reseller Club in a few more steps.
Click Next to proceed:
This step is going to integrate your NameHero Reseller account with WHMCS so you can offer your customers web hosting.
You can find your Hostname in the same step above where you found your nameserver IPs. For this example, mine is silas.uswebhost.com.
Your username and password are going to be inside of your welcome email from NameHero under New Account Info.
If you haven't receive it yet, you can view all emails inside our Client Portal -> Hover Over Your Name -> Email History:
Once you enter this information, click Verify Connection and it'll populate the other fields.
Click Next and then Finish to complete the setup wizard.
Congratulations - you're almost ready to begin selling domains!
Setup Reseller Club
Once you complete the setup wizard, you'll be left on your main admin dashboard.
To setup and configure ResellerClub, you need to hover over Setup, Products/Services, Domain Registrars:
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Activate next to ResellerClub:
Next, you'll need to register for your free Reseller Club account. You can do so at this link.
Fill out all the requested information and click Submit:
Give it a few minutes and you'll receive an email with all your account details.
Go back to your WHMCS domain registrar setup page and enter the required information:
Your ResellerID will be inside your welcome email. It can also be found inside your ResellerClub account by hover over the user icon:
The APIKey is found inside the ResellerClub interface by hovering over Settings -> API:
Click the View API key link and copy/paste this into WHMCS:
Click Save Changes inside WHMCS.:
Whitelist Your IPs
On the same page you retrieved your API key, you need to whitelist your NameHero IPs to have access to their API.
You get these IPs from the same place you got your Name Server IPs above (from the NameHero client area):
You want to whitelist all three of these IPs inside ResellerClub's user interface:
Click Save whitelisted IP addresses.
Congratulations - you've integrated your ResellerClub account!
Setup Domain Pricing
The final step is to setup your TLDs as well as the price your customers are going to pay.
Inside of WHMCS admin -> Setup -> Products/Services -> Domain Pricing:
You'll notice the TLDs from the setup wizard appear here. Under Auto Registration you want to select ResellerClub:
Click Save Changes.
Next, you'll want to click on Open Pricing beside each TLD and set the prices for your customers:
You'll notice WHMCS allows you to set different pricing depending on the number of years the customer decides to register for. This is where you can reward them for longevity.
At this time, it's a good idea to review your ResellerClub pricing so you can make sure you're setting the prices higher than your cost for the domain.
You can find the domain prices inside your ResellerClub interface -> Settings -> Manage Products and Pricing:
Scroll down the page and click on Domain Registration:
Then click on Manage Prices:
From this screen, you can see your cost (in light gray) and the bold represents the price after markup. In my case, the domains are set for about 35% markup:
Use this to set your prices for each TLD accordingly. You can also use this list to add some of the new gTLDs (i.e. .cleaning, .click, etc.).
Once you finish all this you're all set! It does take some time to get all the data entered, but I would suggest going for the most popular TLDs first as you'll find they make up most of your orders.
Finally, when you're ready to start selling, you'll need to fund your Reseller Club account by going to My Billing -> Add Funds:
Congratulations - you're now ready to start reselling domains with Reseller Club!
How To Setup ResellerClub In WHMCS Tutorial
I've covered a lot in this post! I've also filmed a video tutorial on our official YouTube channel that will allow you the ability to follow-along step-by-step:
Let us know if you have any questions!