WHMCS vs Blesta – Which one is better?

WHMCS and Blesta are widely used billing automation system by web hosts. Both systems provide complete automation for web hosting service.

Today we will discuss which billing system is better for your requirement. In most forum you will notice that this question is being asked frequently on WHMCS vs Blesta.

WHMCS and Blesta

Let us first talk about WHMCS. WHMCS was leading billing system in the past several years and the reason was, there was no other system which was providing all features at such low rate. Also, support system is built-in WHMCS. This reduces the cost of additional support system. WHMCS comes with lots of modules for control panels, registrars, payment gateways. There is no separate cost to get all this modules. That means, once you get license, you can use any modules available in WHMCS.

As of WHMCS 7.0, they announced about price change and their license structure. You can refer our recent post. They will be now charging based on number of active customers. This may cost more for those users who have more than 250+ active clients. This may affect WHMCS sales as well because many users may go for alternative license like Blesta.

Blesta is an alternative billing system. They are gaining market day by day. Most users prefer Blesta over WHMCS because you can see all code except 2-3 files. This is good for those who are looking for custom development. The main drawback may be modules. Currently limited control panel, registrar and payment gateway modules available for Blesta compare to WHMCS. But most of the users find them sufficient.

While comparing the price, Blesta cost less compare to WHMCS. If you purchase Blesta license from reseller like LicensePal, you can get license start from $9.95/month. You will get discount on monthly license while purchasing from such reseller.


WHMCS is widely used hosting billing and automation system. It provides billing automation as well support system as well. That means helpdesk is integrated by default in WHMCS.


Following are the few features available in WHMCS:

  1. Automatic Invoice management
  2. Order management
  3. Automatic payment reminders
  4. Payment gateway integration
  5. Automatic service provisioning for the hosting order
  6. Domain registration management
  7. Support ticket management
  8. Affiliate program

There are many other features available in WHMCS that helps hosting providers to get more control panel.


Blesta is also being used by many providers. It provides complete automation for the ISP.


Following are the few features available in Belsta:

  1. Clients management
  2. Invoice management
  3. Payment gateway management
  4. Order management
  5. Hosting automation for the new order
  6. Ticket system
  7. Automatic suspension and payment reminders
  8. Prorate billing

Now, which one is suitable for you? If you do not need lots of modules and you are looking for low cost billing system, Blesta is for you. If you need more modules, you can go for WHMCS. Also, it is good idea to fully test a system for a month or two before using them in production so that you can get full idea whether system

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Snake

    The problem with Blesta is that you really need to know PHP coding to some degree. I tried it for several months to get working, and had numerous problems, and every reply I got on the forums assumed I had some existing underlying understanding of how Blesta worked or that I was a PHP dev.
    In the end it was just too much work trying to get it to do what I wanted, and the system was not very intuitive, most of the options and settings were somewhere obscure, it was quite clealry designed by a developer, who seems to be a one man band operation, so support is limited.
    While WHMCS has its problems, and the support drive you insane sometimes, it does everything out of the box, is more intuitive, and you do not have to go fiddling with code to get things working. Plus all the addons and a whole support team who at least answer tickets quite quickly.

  2. Kriya

    WHMCS is the most used billing system than blesta or any other billing systems. Most web hosts Scopehosts, VPS9 Networks, Leasedlayer and more reliable hosts use WHMCS platform to manage their clients transactions.

  3. Michael

    WHMCS provides more futures and module while comparing with Blesta so I prefer WHMCS over Blesta.

  4. Scott

    +1 to WHMCS while comparing features with Blesta…

  5. Richard

    WHMCS has more module s while comparing with Blesta. I prefer WHMCS over blesta due to this. Blesta is still good for those who needs limited modules.

    +1 WHMCS

  6. Matt

    For me Blesta is sufficient as I do not need lots of module. I just need basic modules with automatic invoicing, payment reminders at low cost so I am with Blesta at the moment. If I need more modules and options, I may switch to WHMCS in future.

  7. Vikas

    Thank you for sharing the information on Blesta and WHMCS comparison. This will help you find the suitable billing and support system for the provider.

  8. Martin

    WHMCS has more features so my choice is WHMCS as of now.


  9. Rahul

    Thank you for side-by-side comparison between WHMCS and Blesta.

  10. karen laural

    If we compare features of both WHMCS and Blesta, we can say that WHMCS comes with more features and is highly compatible as compared to others. Basically, WHMCS is a ready-made solution that automates all the operations required to run a web hosting and domain registration company. But still, there are many other alternatives available with better quality, better features and with better price. You must give a look at them.

  11. Jalpa

    WHMCS is a better option if we compare it to others as it has more features and it is more trustworthy. Else, you can compare according to your business requirements

  12. RDP Server

    WHMCS is best for long term business, they provide time to time updates, I love it.

    1. QloudHost

      Blesta is also improved services and add more themes and plugins, I’m using Blesta on my site QloudHost. You can check and look how i modify look like WHMCS.

      Thank you for great comparison article. Love it.

  13. Free Hosting

    Yes! WHMCS is a much better option for web hosting management if we compare it to others as it has more features and it is more trustworthy.

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