We hate to see anyone leave but it happens. We make it just as easy to leave as it is to sign up. No questions asked. If you have any active virtual servers or domain name subscriptions we will work with you to make a clean transition to wherever you choose to go.
Joomla! added as new product in Apps
Joomla!, a popular open source community-driven CMS application fits nicely alongside our existing product offerings of Drupal and Concrete5. Joomla's large, active and dedicated community is a major force behind the platform. Joomla comes in as more configurable than Concrete5 and a much shorter learning curve than Drupal. We invite you to give it a try soon.
Joomla! Demo Site
Like the rest of our CMS platforms we have a bare-bones Joomla demo site running so you can see it in action. Check it out at http://joomla.westlinks.net.
Campaigns, Discounts, Groups - Phase 1
Discounts allow users to add a coupon code to their shopping cart and get either a percentage or fixed amount taken off their price. This is now working and as an example, we are happy to provide you with a promotional demo discount of 10% off of any app installation. Just enter 'NovemberNL' in your shopping cart to get the discount.
Planned for November
Continue to refine Authorize.net CIM API integration
Begin Enom API Integration
Authorizenet CIM API Integration
We began this project in October and due to its complexity it is continuing in November. It is worth the time to get it done right. Here's a recap of what CIM is:
Customer Information Manager (CIM) is a part of Authorize.net who is our existing credit card processor. Integrating CIM will allow us to provide more flexible billing. Currently we use Automated Recurring Billing (ARB) which is fine for a single subscription but we expect there to be many cases where customers will add/remove features to their accounts and will want only an adjusted single bill per month rather than a new charge for each feature. This is similar to your cellphone or cable bills where changes in service continue to be reflected on your monthly bill.
Additionally you will be able to maintain the "credit card on file" in your account eliminating the need to re-enter your billing information repeatedly. Note that all user information is securely managed by Authorize.net, not us. This is a high priority project.
Enom API Integration
Enom is the domain name registrar service we use to provide in-app domain name registration directly to our customers. The current state of the integration allows for these features:
Search for domain names
Purchase domain names
Set/unset domain name renewals
Unsetting allows a domain name to expire at the next renewal date
The above features are useful but there is a lot more that can and should be made available to our users. Moving forward, we will be adding the following additional features:
Manage contact information
Manage host settings
Transfer to/from other registrars
Purchase SSL certificates
These are not trivial additions but will add much more value to the Westlinks Online platform. Please note that all of these services are available to you now via customer support. We are happy to facilitate any adjustments to your domain name that you may need. Just ask!