How to set up the WHMCS cron job using cPanel

WHMCS 5 setup series

12. How to set up the WHMCS cron job using cPanel

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to your WHMCS admin panel.

In order for WHMCS to be able to perform automated tasks such as invoicing and account suspension, you must first set up what’s known as a cron job.

This can be done in many common control panels such as cPanel, which is what we’ll be using for this tutorial.

1) Before going into cPanel, first go to setup.

2) Click automation settings.

WHMCS provides you with the command necessary to run the cron job using PHP.

3) Copy the command.

4) Proceed to cPanel.

Scroll down to find the cron jobs link.

5) Click cron jobs.

6) Here, you can enter the e-mail address to which the cron job will send output, if any.

7) Click more link to enter/modify email address.

8) There is no email set to receive notifications. Let’s set one.

9) Click update email.

Now let’s setup cron job. Scroll down little bit.

10) Paste the command here.

11) You can set time yourself or can choose from drop down.

12) In this case, for WHMCS we need to set cron job run daily, so select once a day.

13) Click add new cron job.

That’s it! You now know how to set up the WHMCS cron job in cPanel.

How to enable database backups in WHMCS

WHMCS 5 setup series

11. How to enable database backups in WHMCS

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to your WHMCS admin panel.

Taking regular backups is critical, especially when you have customer depending on your site and the information it contains.

WHMCS has two built-in solutions you can enable to make automatic backups every single day, whenever the cron job is set to run. Make sure the cron job is indeed set up, or backups will not function at all.

For assistance setting up the cron job, watch the tutorial earlier in the series.

1) Go to setup.

2) Mouse hover other.

3) Click database backups.

4) You can choose to make daily email backups or daily remote ftp backups. Leave the respective fields blank to disable a particular method.

Both methods can be enabled to run simultaneously, and that’s probably ideal. Having extra backup is never going to be an issue.

5) Start by entering an email address, preferably something that isn’t hosted on the same server as WHMCS.

6) Then, fill in the FTP information for a remote server. Backing up to the server that hosts WHMCS is possible, but leaves more room for failure.

7) When finished, click save changes.

Daily database backups are now enabled. Be sure to keep an eye on the backups at first to ensure that everything is working properly.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to enable daily database backups in WHMCS.

How to manage security questions in WHMCS

WHMCS 5 setup series

10. How to manage security questions in WHMCS

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to your WHMCS admin panel.

Now let’s learn how to manage security questions.

1) Go to the setup menu.

2) Mouse hover other.

3) Click security questions.

4) Type a question and click save changes.

The security question shows up here.

5) To delete a security question click the red button.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to manage security questions in WHMCS.

How to set up fraud protection in WHMCS

WHMCS 5 setup series

1. How to set up fraud protection in WHMCS

This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to your WHMCS admin panel.

Fraud is an unfortunate part of doing business on the internet. WHMCS helps you combat fraud by letting you enable one of three popular fraud protection modules.

1) Click setup.

2) Click fraud protection.

You may only have one fraud module enabled at a time. Note that you must already have an account with the provider of your choice before you can enable its module here.

3) Choose one of the three modules; we’ll use Maxmind. Then click go.

4) Check this checkbox to enable this anti-fraud module.

5) Enter your MaxMind license key.

You can reject outright orders that trigger one of these flags by clicking the checkbox next to each of them.

6) Next specify the maximum allowed MaxMind fraud risk score. Any orders that receive a higher score than this are considered fraudulent and will be blocked.

7) Indicate the fraud score when phone verification starts being required.

8) Last, choose the language in which the call should be placed. We’ll leave it as English.

9) Then, click save changes.

The other two fraud modules can be set up in a similar fashion, if you’d prefer one of those.

Note that the settings shown here are just examples; you’ll need to find out what will work best for your purposes.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to set up fraud protection in WHMCS.

Choosing a Broker

Depending on the type of investing that you plan to do, you may need to hire a broker to handle your investments for you. Brokers work for brokerage houses and have the ability to buy and sell stock on the stock exchange. You may wonder if you really need a broker. The answer is yes. If you intend to buy or sell stocks on the stock exchange, you must have a broker.

Stockbrokers are required to pass two different tests in order to obtain their license. These tests are very difficult, and most brokers have a background in business or finance, with a Bachelors or Masters Degree.

It is very important to understand the difference between a broker and a stock market analyst. An analyst literally analyzes the stock market, and predicts what it will or will not do, or how specific stocks will perform. A stock broker is only there to follow your instructions to either buy or sell stock… not to analyze stocks.

Brokers earn their money from commissions on sales in most cases. When you instruct your broker to buy or sell a stock, they earn a set percentage of the transaction. Many brokers charge a flat ‘per transaction’ fee.

There are two types of brokers: Full service brokers and discount brokers. Full service brokers can usually offer more types of investments, may provide you with investment advice, and is usually paid in commissions.

Discount brokers typically do not offer any advice and do no research – they just do as you ask them to do, without all of the bells and whistles.

So, the biggest decision you must make when it come to brokers is whether you want a full service broker or a discount broker.

If you are new to investing, you may need to go with a full service broker to ensure that you are making wise investments. They can offer you the skill that you lack at this point. However, if you are already knowledgeable about the stock market, all you really need is a discount broker to make your trades for you.