WHMCS, a popular publisher of customer management/invoicing/billing systems in the hosting market, announced today that they are discontinuing all support for owned licenses.
WHMCS has slowly ramped up pressure on legacy owned license users. First they stopped selling owned licenses in 2016, and then last fall they disallowed transferring (selling) owned licenses. In an email to users today (below) they announced that owned license users will not be able to purchase or renew support.
They also announced increased prices for WHMCS licenses (more details).
What are your thoughts? Do you plan to stay with WHMCS? In a market full of competitors, how do you see this playing out? Please comment below!
The email from WHMCS:
We are writing to you to let you know about important changes to owned licenses. Today we are discontinuing owned license support. What this means for you and your existing owned license is as follows:
• Your WHMCS owned license will continue to function as it does today. You may continue to run your WHMCS installation using the owned license for as long as you would like.
• You will not be able to purchase or renew support for your owned WHMCS license, effective immediately.
• If you have an active support agreement with WHMCS for your owned license, we will continue to honor that support agreement until its expiration.
If you do not have support for your WHMCS owned license, and you require product support or you would like to upgrade to a current version, you will need to upgrade to our standard license model. You can obtain a standard license by logging into the WHMCS customer portal (https://www.whmcs.com/members).
Keep innovating, building, developing, designing, and hosting, and know that we continue to make investments to improve everyone’s WHMCS experience.
If you require assistance with our standard license model and what license is best suited for you, we are here to help. You can contact Customer Service by opening a ticket at https://www.whmcs.com/submit-a-ticket
The WHMCS Team
This is also being hotly discussed in a LowEndTalk thread.