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Blesta 4.12 Beta Released

September 17, 2020 | Posted by Paul


We are pleased to announce that Blesta 4.12.0 BETA 1 has been released!

Can I participate in the beta?

If you have an owned or monthly license with us directly, you may download blesta-4.12.0-b1.zip in the client area now (Login Required). If you obtained your license from a reseller or distributor, you may be able to participate. Contact your reseller to find out. As with any beta, this release is for non-production use only and is unsupported. During installation, choose to start a free trial, open a ticket to request a trial key, or use your dev license if you have one.

Once you are up and running, head to the forums to report any issues and let us know what you think! If you have a license and are verified or become verified on our Discord chat, you’ll have access to a license holder only beta forum.

Visit the Beta Forums! Visit Discord Chat!

Staff can now receive a text message via the new messenger system when clients open or update tickets and place orders.

(Caption: Staff receiving a text message after a client opens a ticket via the Twilio SMS messenger integration.)

So what is new in 4.12?

Blesta version 4.12 includes a new modular messenger system (Twilio SMS included with more to come), an optional email verification system, the ability to exclude packages from affiliate commissions, support for Maxmind’s latest API, and much more.

New Extensions

These extensions are new with Blesta 4.12.

  • Twilio messenger.
  • Extension Generator plugin.

Updated Extensions

  • All provisioning modules updated to define sample welcome email for pre-loading when creating a package.
  • Order Manager Affiliate system updated to allow packages to be excluded from commissions.
  • Order Manager updated to add support for Maxmind’s latest API for minFraud Score, Insights, and Factors.
  • Order Manager updated to support email verification and optionally require verification prior to payment.
  • Order Manager updated to integrate with the Messenger system for staff order notifications.
  • Softaculous Soft Auto Installer updated to add support for ISPManager.
  • Support Manager updated to extend the dropzone timeout to allow more time for file uploads.
  • Support Manager updated to integrate with the messenger system for staff ticket notifications.
  • Support Manager updated to allow human verification (captcha) for unauthenticated users.
  • System Status widget updated to check for pending or broken upgrades.
  • System Status widget updated to check for permission issues with log directory.
  • Updated official registrar modules to take advantage of the new module type configuration.
  • Virtualmin updated to validate credentials when adding a server within the module.

Changes to the Core

  • Added an email verification system so clients can verify their email address.
  • Added a new modular messenger system with Twilio included for SMS. Additional integrations and messenger types to come (Voice, SMS, Chat).
  • Added a staff mobile number field under “My Info”, for use by the Messenger system.
  • The pricing ID is now shown when expanding a package row, for reference when linking to the order form.
  • The uploads directory is now created and set during installation.
  • Added an option to test SMTP settings.
  • Currency format is now applied to pricing on PDF invoices that it was not previously applied to.
  • Modules can now define their type (For future use).
  • Added a new hidden status for packages and package groups (For future use).
  • Added a transfer price for package pricing (For future use).

Changes for Developers

  • New extension system called Messengers. Create your own SMS messengers. Support for Voice and Chat Apps to come. (See docs)
  • New Extension Generator plugin wizard generates a skeleton plugin, module, or gateway to speed up development and lower the barrier to entry for developers. (See docs)
  • Modules can now define sample welcome email content.

Client Template Changes

There were no client area template changes between version 4.11.2 and 4.12.0-b1.

Staff Template Changes

  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_clients_view.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_company_client_general_form.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_company_emails_mail.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_company_groups_add.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_company_groups_edit.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_company_messengers_available.pdt new
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_company_messengers_configuration.pdt new
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_company_messengers_edittemplate.pdt new
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_company_messengers_installed.pdt new
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_company_messengers_manage.pdt new
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_company_messengers_manage.pdt new
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_company_messengers_templates.pdt new
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_myinfo.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_packages.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_packages_add.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_packages_edit.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_packages_packagepricing.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_settings_company.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_system_staff_add.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_system_staff_edit.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_tools_logmessenger.pdt new
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_tools_messengerloglist.pdt new

Note Regarding Hotfixes

Blesta now ships with bundled encoded files that support PHP 5.4 through PHP 7.4 out of the box. This means that you should not need to upload any hotfixes unless you are running a version of Ioncube loaders older than version 10.1. If you are running old Ioncube loaders, upgrade Ioncube or apply the following hotfix based on your PHP version:

  • PHP version >= 7.1.0 - use /hotfix-php71/blesta/
  • PHP version >= 5.6.0 and < 7.1.0 - use /hotfix-php7/blesta/
  • PHP version >= 5.4.0 and < 5.6.0 - use /hotfix-php54/blesta/

See the release notes for more details on this release.

Is there something you want to see in Blesta? Create a new feature request or upvote an existing one!

When is the final release?

Version 4.12 will be officially released after the beta phase has completed, which we expect to happen soon. Once we deem 4.12 stable for production, a final release will be issued. You can help speed things along by participating in the beta!

Blesta 4.11 Beta Released

July 10, 2020 | Posted by Paul


We are pleased to announce that Blesta 4.11.0 BETA 1 has been released!

Can I participate in the beta?

If you have an owned or monthly license with us directly, you may download blesta-4.11.0-b1.zip in the client area now (Login Required). If you obtained your license from a reseller or distributor, you may be able to participate. Contact your reseller to find out. As with any beta, this release is for non-production use only and is unsupported. During installation, choose to start a free trial, open a ticket to request a trial key, or use your dev license if you have one.

Once you are up and running, head to the forums to report any issues and let us know what you think! If you have a license and are verified or become verified on our Discord chat, you’ll have access to a license holder only beta forum.

Visit the Beta Forums! Visit Discord Chat!

It's now possible to filter results for clients, packages, services, invoices, transactions, and tickets.

(Caption: Configuration of client cards, which appear in the client area. Plugins can create their own cards.)

So what is new in 4.11?

Blesta version 4.11 includes an affiliate system, configurable client cards, a new ISPManager module, an IP unblocker plugin, an option to force emails as usernames, and much more.

New Extensions

These extensions are new with Blesta 4.11.

  • ISPManager Module.
  • IP Unblocker Plugin (Supports cPanel and Directadmin servers running CSF).
  • Client Cards plugin (Adds service and invoice cards).

Updated Extensions

  • Order Manager updated to include a new affiliate system.
  • Order Manager updated to show order history to clients.
  • Order Manager updated to create an orders client card.
  • Import Manager updated to improve importing from WHMCS, and import of affiliate data.
  • Added Interworx support to the Auto Soft Installer Softaculous plugin.
  • Support Manager updated to allow drag and drop of attachments.
  • Support Manager updated to create a tickets client card.
  • Pterodactyl module updated to include username and password tags for welcome emails.

Changes to the Core

  • Added a new client cards system for displaying information cards on a client’s dashboard.
  • Added a forgot username option for clients.
  • Added a cancellation reason field when cancelling services.
  • Added an option to force emails as usernames.
  • Added new transaction filters.

Changes for Developers

  • Plugins can now create client cards.

Client Template Changes

  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_login.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_login_forgot.pdt new
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_main.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_main_card.pdt new
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_services_cancel.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_services_serviceinfo.pdt updated

Note Regarding Hotfixes

Blesta now ships with bundled encoded files that support PHP 5.4 through PHP 7.3 out of the box. This means that you should not need to upload any hotfixes unless you are running a version of Ioncube loaders older than version 10.1. If you are running old Ioncube loaders, upgrade Ioncube or apply the following hotfix based on your PHP version:

  • PHP version >= 7.1.0 - use /hotfix-php71/blesta/
  • PHP version >= 5.6.0 and < 7.1.0 - use /hotfix-php7/blesta/
  • PHP version >= 5.4.0 and < 5.6.0 - use /hotfix-php54/blesta/

See the release notes for more details on this release.

Is there something you want to see in Blesta? Create a new feature request or upvote an existing one!

When is the final release?

Version 4.11 will be officially released after the beta phase has completed, which we expect to happen soon. Once we deem 4.11 stable for production, a final release will be issued. You can help speed things along by participating in the beta!

Blesta 4.10 Beta Released

May 7, 2020 | Posted by Paul


We are pleased to announce that Blesta 4.10.0 BETA 1 has been released!

Can I participate in the beta?

If you have an owned or monthly license with us directly, you may download blesta-4.10.0-b1.zip in the client area now (Login Required). If you obtained your license from a reseller or distributor, you may be able to participate. Contact your reseller to find out. As with any beta, this release is for non-production use only and is unsupported. During installation, choose to start a free trial, open a ticket to request a trial key, or use your dev license if you have one.

Once you are up and running, head to the forums to report any issues and let us know what you think! If you have a license and are verified or become verified on our Discord chat, you’ll have access to a license holder only beta forum.

Visit the Beta Forums! Visit Discord Chat!

It's now possible to filter results for clients, packages, services, invoices, transactions, and tickets.

(Caption: Filtering Transactions. Most widgets now allow filtering by selecting the filter icon.)

So what is new in 4.10?

Blesta version 4.10 includes a new Cornerstone payment gateway, NameSilo module, support for charging late fees, filtering for most widgets, and much more.

New Extensions

These extensions are new with Blesta 4.10.

  • Namesilo Module
  • Cornerstone Payment Gateway

Updated Extensions

  • Order - The language can now be specified in the URL. (See docs.)
  • Order - Human verification for orders has been moved to Settings > Company > General > Human Verification.

Changes to the Core

  • Late fees can now be set under Settings > Company > Billing/Payment > Late Fees.
  • Filtering options have been added for Clients, Packages, Invoices, Services, Transactions, and Tickets.
  • Smart Search criteria can now be set under Settings > Company > General > Smart Search.
  • An email can now be sent to the client when a service is scheduled for cancellation.
  • Reference ID is now included in transaction searches.
  • Packages can now be deleted if they have no associated active services.
  • Added a new internally generated captcha option in addition to reCAPTCHA, and moved human verification options to company settings.

Changes for Developers

  • Widgets now support filtering options.

Client Template Changes

  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_invoices.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_services.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_transactions.pdt updated

Note Regarding Hotfixes

Blesta now ships with bundled encoded files that support PHP 5.4 through PHP 7.3 out of the box. This means that you should not need to upload any hotfixes unless you are running a version of Ioncube loaders older than version 10.1. If you are running old Ioncube loaders, upgrade Ioncube or apply the following hotfix based on your PHP version:

  • PHP version >= 7.1.0 - use /hotfix-php71/blesta/
  • PHP version >= 5.6.0 and < 7.1.0 - use /hotfix-php7/blesta/
  • PHP version >= 5.4.0 and < 5.6.0 - use /hotfix-php54/blesta/

See the release notes for more details on this release.

Is there something you want to see in Blesta? Create a new feature request or upvote an existing one!

When is the final release?

Version 4.10 will be officially released after the beta phase has completed, which we expect to happen soon. Once we deem 4.10 stable for production, a final release will be issued. You can help speed things along by participating in the beta!

Blesta 4.9 Beta Released

March 31, 2020 | Posted by Paul


We are pleased to announce that Blesta 4.9.0 BETA 1 has been released!

Can I participate in the beta?

If you have an owned or monthly license with us directly, you may download blesta-4.9.0-b1.zip in the client area now (Login Required). If you obtained your license from a reseller or distributor, you may be able to participate. Contact your reseller to find out. As with any beta, this release is for non-production use only and is unsupported. During installation, choose to start a free trial, open a ticket to request a trial key, or use your dev license if you have one.

Once you are up and running, head to the forums to report any issues and let us know what you think! If you have a license and are verified or become verified on our Discord chat, you’ll have access to a license holder only beta forum.

Visit the Beta Forums! Visit Discord Chat!

New plugin settings button allows specific plugin functionality to be enabled or disabled.

(Caption: Disabling the KnowledgeBase in the Support Manager through the new plugin settings feature.)

So what is new in 4.9?

Blesta version 4.9 includes a new Razorpay gateway, client package limits, a revenue report by package, the ability to delete cancelled services, and much more.

New Extensions

These extensions are new with Blesta 4.9.

  • Razorpay Gateway (See docs.)

Updated Extensions

  • Order - Decrease frequency of fraud check occurences to reduce number of queries.
  • Order - Domain and other order type no longer allows the domain group to be saved within the multi-select.
  • Order - Skip service configuration for addon services if there is nothing to configure.
  • Order - Added a new ACH/CC payment method override setting for new accounts.
  • Order - Improve drag-n-drop of package groups when adding to the order form.
  • Order, Billing Overview widgets can now be added to the dashboard.
  • System Overview, Feed Reader, and System Status widgets can now be added to billing overview.
  • Vultr - Add support for IPv6 subnets.
  • Soft Auto Installer - Added support for Softaculous for DirectAdmin. (See docs.)
  • Import Manager - Added mapping support for importing Pterodactyl services from WHMCS.
  • Updated all extensions to use the configuration file.

To add the Billing Overview or Orders staff widgets to your dashboard, first check that your staff group has ACL permissions (Settings > System > Staff > Staff Groups). Next check that the pluging settings action is enabled for that location (Settings > Company > Plugins).

Changes to the Core

  • Client limits can be set for packages, limiting the client to a certain number of services using the package.
  • New package revenue report breaks down revenue by package.
  • New plugin settings feature allows individual plugin functionality to be enabled or disabled.
  • Notes are now included in the smart and client search.
  • Clients can now access their email history log.
  • Modern WHMCS password hashes now work after import. (See docs.)
  • Cancelled services can now optionally be deleted by staff.

Changes for Developers

  • Plugin functionality can now be enabled/disabled through the new settings button.

Client Template Changes

  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_emails.pdt new
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_services_addaddon.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_services_changeterm.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_services_upgrade.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/structure.pdt updated

Note Regarding Hotfixes

Blesta now ships with bundled encoded files that support PHP 5.4 through PHP 7.3 out of the box. This means that you should not need to upload any hotfixes unless you are running a version of Ioncube loaders older than version 10.1. If you are running old Ioncube loaders, upgrade Ioncube or apply the following hotfix based on your PHP version:

  • PHP version >= 7.1.0 - use /hotfix-php71/blesta/
  • PHP version >= 5.6.0 and < 7.1.0 - use /hotfix-php7/blesta/
  • PHP version >= 5.4.0 and < 5.6.0 - use /hotfix-php54/blesta/

See the release notes for more details on this release.

Is there something you want to see in Blesta? Create a new feature request or upvote an existing one!

When is the final release?

Version 4.9 will be officially released after the beta phase has completed, which we expect to happen soon. Once we deem 4.9 stable for production, a final release will be issued. You can help by participating in the beta!

Blesta 4.7 Beta Released

September 5, 2019 | Posted by Paul


We are pleased to announce that Blesta 4.7.0 BETA 1 has been released!

Can I participate in the beta?

If you have an owned or monthly license with us directly, you may download blesta-4.7.0-b1.zip in the client area now (Login Required). If you obtained your license from a reseller or distributor, you may be able to participate. Contact your reseller to find out. As with any beta, this release is for non-production use only and is unsupported. During installation, choose to start a free trial, open a ticket to request a trial key, or use your dev license if you have one.

Once you are up and running, head to the forums to report any issues and let us know what you think! If you have a license and are verified or become verified on our Discord chat, you’ll have access to a license holder only beta forum.

Visit the Beta Forums! Visit Discord Chat!

Stripe 3DS / SCA (Strong Customer Authentication) Support

(Caption: Stripe 3DS / SCA (Strong Customer Authentication) support, during checkout.)

So what is new in 4.7?

Blesta version 4.7 includes an updated gateway system with support for the new Stripe Payments 3DS/SCA gateway, new features & improvements, updated extensions, and more.

New Extensions

These extensions are new with Blesta 4.7.

  • Stripe Payments (With SCA, 3DS Support). (See docs.)

Note! If you are using Stripe with tokenization currently, you can install the new Stripe Payments gateway and run the Migration utility to move all existing offsite payment accounts to the new gateway.

Updated Extensions

  • DirectAdmin - Clients are no longer required to provide a username, password, or email address.
  • DirectAdmin - Added a password generator when changing password.
  • Plesk - Updated the strength of automatic password generator.
  • cPanel - Domains beginning with “test” no longer result in invalid usernames beginning with “test”.
  • VestaCP - Now always generates a unique username that does not already exist in VestaCP.
  • Support Manager - Tickets can now be assigned or re-assigned to clients.
  • Support Manager - Additional client information now included in email tags.
  • Support Manager - Ticket submit button now disabled on click to prevent multiple submissions.
  • Order Manager - Orders can now be searched by order number.
  • Order Manager - Custom client field default options are now observed on order forms.
  • Order Manager - Updated to support the new merchant gateway interface MerchantCcForm.

Changes to the Core

  • Updated the merchant gateway system, adding the interface MerchantCcForm to support SCA gateways like Stripe Payments.
  • Pay Now links now show a message if the invoice was already paid.
  • Logging - The Client Settings logs can now be viewed under Tools > Logs.
  • Addons - Renew price and service information is now shown for addon services.
  • Client search now includes secondary contacts.
  • Amounts are now rounded to the precision specified for the currency, improving rounding.
  • Added a markdown editor for Package and Package Option descriptions.
  • Added many new tooltips for non-trivial settings.

Changes for Developers

  • Added the new merchant gateway interface MerchantCcForm.

Note Regarding Hotfixes

Blesta now ships with bundled encoded files that support PHP 5.4 through PHP 7.3 out of the box. This means that you should not need to upload any hotfixes unless you are running a version of Ioncube loaders older than version 10.1. If you are running old Ioncube loaders, upgrade Ioncube or apply the following hotfix based on your PHP version:

  • PHP version >= 7.1.0 - use /hotfix-php71/blesta/
  • PHP version >= 5.6.0 and < 7.1.0 - use /hotfix-php7/blesta/
  • PHP version >= 5.4.0 and < 5.6.0 - use /hotfix-php54/blesta/

See the release notes for more details on this release.

Is there something you want to see in Blesta? Create a new feature request or upvote an existing one!

When is the final release?

Version 4.7 will be officially released after the beta phase has completed, which we expect to happen soon. Once we deem 4.7 stable for production, a final release will be issued. You can help by participating in the beta!