In order to install the product, you need to upload the
files using FTP and run the web based installation wizard. The whole process
took only ten minutes to complete and I was able to manage the software
immediately after the completion of the installation. My first task was to
complete few initial procedures by logging into the administrator control
panel. I was impressed with the look and feel of the home page as it has links
to all the important management pages including a complete breakdown of
earnings along with a detailed statistics.
Figure 1: Admin home page
As an administrator, you need to add products and services
to facilitate clients to place orders from their portal page. For this purpose,
you should select Products/Services link from the Configuration menu, add a new
group and then add products to the created group.
Figure 2: Product Page
As you can see, there are several options separated by Tabs.
While you need to specify a short description and set the cost of the product
from the Pricing tab, other settings are optional. The pricing page is very
systematically arranged and is flexible as you can see from Figure 3. The
product enables you to set cost for several billing cycles or only one
depending upon your preferences. The product automatically sets the next due
date as and when a user signs up for a service through the client portal and
also generates invoices and receipts. You should note that receipts are only
generated if the payment is made through PayPal or Credit Card.
Figure 3: Pricing Page
A key feature of the product is that you can add custom
fields to the order page in addition to fields displayed by default. For
instance, you can ask clients whether the hosting account is to be created in
the UK or USA based servers by creating a field with the Drop Down menu.