What IS BoxBilling?

What IS BoxBilling?

Who Owns BoxBilling?

Boxbilling is owned by a company called BOXBILLING, UAB. The company is owned Andrius Putna from Kaunas, Lithuania. Boxbilling was Founded in the year 2009.
According to the official release notes, “BoxBilling is a New generation free billing software! Complete client management, billing & support software. BoxBilling is free and will always be free!”

Is BoxBilling Safe?

Yes, Boxbilling is very safe for use. I have used BoxBilling for over five years and I can say I have not found a vulnerability that’s worth being scared about. Everything seems to work seamlessly all the time.

Alternative WHM Softwares.

There quite a number of alternative softwares you can use to manage and bill your web hosting environments. The most prominent WHM and billing solutions include

  • WHMCS
  • G7bill
  • HostBill
  • Avaza
  • Blesta
  • AWBS

Installing BoxBilling.

You can choose between automated installation available in cpanel script installers or the manual install. If you would like the manual way here it is.

Script Installation

This guide will help you install BoxBilling on your server.

System requirements

Environment on which you are going to install BoxBilling should meet these prerequisites:

  • Linux OS

  • PHP >=5.3.3 or later with extensions

    • PDO MySQL
    • curl
    • mbstring
    • zlib
    • ftp
    • gettext
    • mcrypt
  • MySQL Version 4.1.* or later

  • Apache mod_rewrite module enabled, for SEO urls only

It is recommended to install BoxBilling on VPS server with APC cache enabled for best performance and security reasons.

BoxBilling Installation guide

To start the installation download latest version from download page



After download is complete extract all files on your computer and upload them via FTP to your server.

Using web installer

Web installer is a convenient way to install BoxBilling and it should be used in most cases. This guide is based assuming that you have uploaded all files to subfolder billing

Access installation setup via the browser, by opening www.yourdomain.com/billing/install

  1. You will need to tick “I agree to the license” to continue the installation.
  2. In the next screen a “Pre-Installation check” will recheck if the system (hosting account) does meet the minimum requirements for installation. Most often you will need to login to your account via a file manager (or FTP manager) and set the required permissions (chmod 777) on these files and folders.
  3. In the next step you will need to setup access to the MySQL database. Enter an existing database and user (with all permissions granted). If you have any trouble setting up a MySQL database and user, please consult your hosting provider. For example, if you are hosting on cPanel powered hosting, you can setup database and users via the cPanel > MySQL area.
  4. Enter the e-mail and credentials for the administrator account. A greeting letter will be sent to the administrator e-mail account upon successful installation of the software.
  5. Even though BoxBilling is free it requires to obtain license key in order to work.
  6. Finish installation with confirming that all the information is correct.

After installation is complete

  1. Remove www.yourdomain.com/billing/install directory completely
  2. Change billing/bb-config.php file permissions to 644 if necessary
  3. Setup cron job to run every five minutes.
*/5 * * * * php install/path/bb-cron.php

Installation is complete and you can visit admin area at http://www.yourdomain.com/bb-admin.php

Changing application timezone

By default the script installs with “America/New_York” timezone. To change this open bb-config.php file and edit line with preferred timezone.

'timezone'    =>  'UTC',

All available timezones are listed at http://php.net/manual/en/timezones.php

Enabling search engine friendly URL’s

When SEO urls are not enabled all BoxBilling urls will have index.php prefix. To enable search engine friendly urls follows these steps:

  • Rename htaccess.txt (file which comes with installation) to .htaccess
  • Open bb-config.php file and set BB_SEF_URLS to true
'sef_urls'  => true,

Note

SEO urls will also be enabled for admin area. Old links will stop working.

Debugging and error logging

Enable BoxBilling debug mode in bb-config.php file:

'debug'     => true,

This will show errors on your site and provides more debugging information. If you set BB_DEBUG to FALSE it will still log all errors log file. It can be accessed at bb-data/log/php_error.log

nginx host configuration

location ~ bb-admin\.php {
        if (!-e $request_filename) {
                rewrite ^(.+)$ /bb-admin.php?$1 last;
        }
}

location / {
        if (!-e $request_filename) {
                rewrite ^(.+)$ /index.php?$1 last;
        }
}
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