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Blesta 5.2.1 Patch Released

November 3, 2021 | Posted by Paul


We are pleased to announce the released of Blesta 5.2.1, which addresses bugs discovered in the 5.2 branch. A big thanks to everyone who participated in helping to make Blesta better by reporting and confirming bugs on our forums and discord chat, we appreciate your help!

The release notes are available at https://docs.blesta.com/display/support/5.2.1.

Always run /admin/upgrade in your browser or via CLI after updating the files for your installation. Patch releases may only be applied to the minor release to which it belongs. Only apply this patch if you are running 5.2.0. If you are running an earlier version, you must download the full release.

Download 5.2.1 Patch Download 5.2.1 Full

SHA256 Sum

% blesta-5.2.1.zip
18cc35e4bbfe470c545a9161dba6db27753ec57e2e4414bf3f4f991a66661200

% blesta-5.2.0-5.2.1.zip
ccf6330576c033213f0ce25278771f65fce625f6984360c2f4ffd7ad58b95b05

To patch your installation, please follow the instructions for Patching an Existing Install from our user manual.

Blesta 5.2 Released

October 19, 2021 | Posted by Paul


Blesta 5.2 is now available! The domain manager introduced last version has been updated with new features an improvements. Staff and clients can now renew in advance. Configurable option logic has been expanded with multi-select and new operators. We introduced a new proper inclusive tax type and UK HMRC VAT validation, and much more!

Download 5.2

SHA256 Sum

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If upgrading from a release prior to 5.0, please review the version 5.0 announcement prior to upgrading. 5.0 was a major release and increased system requirements. ALWAYS BACKUP YOUR FILES + DATABASE PRIOR TO UPGRADING.

See the documentation for details on how to install or upgrade.

What’s new in 5.2?

  • Added an option so that clients and staff can renew services and domains in advance.
  • Added a proper new “Inclusive” tax type.
  • Added UK HMRC VAT validation.
  • Added “In” and “Not In” operators for configurable option logic.
  • Added a multi-select for configurable option logic.
  • Added an option to disable instead of hiding unavailable configurable options.
  • Updated the Domain Manager to separate domains from services into their own widget.
  • Updated the Domain Manager to allow bulk enabling/disabling of TLDs.
  • Updated the Domain Manager to allow simpler setting of addon prices.
  • Updated the Domain Manager to include a client area page for domains.
  • Updated the client area to simplify the navigation, and add a contacts box to the left column.
  • Updated the Braintree gateway to add support for CC offsite / tokenization.
  • Updated the Plesk module to allow an account limit and new add order option to be set.
  • Updated the Order plugin to include a currency selector on domain order pages.
  • Updated the Order plugin to add a TLD pricing table below the domain search box on order pages.
  • Updated the Import Manager plugin to improve importing of contacts from newer versions of WHMCS.

See our beta announcement for more and the release notes for everything.

Developers

If you are a developer, you should review the version 5 Migration Guide and update your extensions if you haven’t already done so.

A big shout out to the following companies for sponsoring development for one or more items in this release.

Sponsored development is a good way to support Blesta and get a shout out for your company! Interested? Reach out and say hello.

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Blesta 5.2 Beta Released

September 24, 2021 | Posted by Paul


We are pleased to announce that Blesta 5.2.0 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-5.2.0-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. DO NOT UPGRADE YOUR PRODUCTION. 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!

Clients can now renew services and domains in advance. Under Settings > Billing/Payment, or for the Client Group Allow Clients to Manually Renew Services should be enabled. The option is enabled by default.

(Caption: Clients can now renew services and domains in advance. Under Settings > Billing/Payment, or for the Client Group “Allow Clients to Manually Renew Services” should be enabled. The option is enabled by default.)

So what is new in 5.2?

Blesta version 5.2 includes many improvements and updates to the Domain Manager, a new inclusive tax type, UK HMRC VAT validation, the ability for clients and staff to renew services and domains in advance, new operators to simplify config option logic, the ability to sort configurable option groups on packages, and more.

Updated Extensions

  • Domain Manager plugin now places domain names in their own client and client profile widget.
  • Domain Manager plugin now adds a “Domains” navigation link in the client area.
  • Domain Manager plugin now supports bulk enabling/disabling of TLDs, rather than one by one.
  • Domain Manager plugin now automatically uses the default welcome email when adding a new TLD.
  • Domain Manager plugin now allows pricing to be set under Configuration for options like Email Forwarding.
  • Domain Manager plugin now asks for input when changing a TLDs registrar module only when necessary.
  • Order plugin update when using multi-currency, a currency selector now appears on domain order pages.
  • Order plugin update to add a TLD pricing table below the domain search box on order pages.
  • Import Manager plugin was updated to improve importing contacts for newer versions of WHMCS.
  • Braintree gateway updated to add support for CC offsite / tokenization.
  • Plesk module now allows an account limit and new add order option to be set.

Changes to the Core

  • Added a proper new “Inclusive” tax option, which allows tax to be included in the package pricing defined.
  • Added UK HMRC VAT validation, in addition to the previous EU VAT validation due to Brexit.
  • Added an “In” and “Not In” operator for Configurable Option Logic.
  • Added an option so that staff and clients can renew services and domains in advance.
  • Packages have been split into different tabbed sections for simplicity and organization.
  • Updated the client area to add a contact list box to the left column of the dashboard.
  • Moved the Contacts and Payment Accounts client navigation links to the drop down menu on the far right.

Notes for Developers

  • We stopped using Html::ifset() and Html::_() for PHP 8 and recommend that you do the same.
  • Registrar modules should define their type in config.json as: “type”: “registrar”,

Client Template Changes

  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_accounts.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_accounts_ach_info.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_accounts_add.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_accounts_cc_info.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_accounts_editach.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_accounts_editcc.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_accounts_navigation.pdt new
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_contacts.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_contacts_add.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_contacts_contact_info.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_contacts_edit.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/navigation.pdt new
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_contacts_phone_numbers.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_main_myinfo.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_pay_renew.pdt new
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/client_services_service_infobox.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/partial_packageoption_js.pdt updated
  • /app/views/client/bootstrap/structure.pdt updated

Staff Template Changes

  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_clients_add.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_clients_createinvoice.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_clients_edit.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_clients_editinvoice.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_clients_services.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_company_billing_invoices_form.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_company_taxes_basic.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_packages_options_add.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_packages_options_edit.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_packages_options_logic.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_packages_options_logicsettings.pdt new
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_packages_add.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_packages_edit.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/admin_packages_moduleoptions.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/partial_fields.pdt updated
  • /app/views/admin/default/partial_packageoption_js.pdt updated

Note Regarding Hotfixes

Blesta no longer supports versions older than PHP 7.2 as of Blesta 5.0, so there is no longer a need to ship hotfixes for these versions.

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 5.2 will be officially released after the beta phase has completed, which we expect to happen soon. Once we deem 5.2 stable for production, a final release will be issued. You can help speed things along by participating in the beta!

Blesta 5.1.3 Patch Released

August 25, 2021 | Posted by Paul


We are pleased to announce the released of Blesta 5.1.3, which addresses bugs discovered in the 5.1 branch. A big thanks to everyone who participated in helping to make Blesta better by reporting and confirming bugs on our forums and discord chat, we appreciate your help!

The release notes are available at https://docs.blesta.com/display/support/5.1.3.

Always run /admin/upgrade in your browser or via CLI after updating the files for your installation. Patch releases may only be applied to the minor release to which it belongs. Only apply this patch if you are running 5.1.0, 5.1.1, or 5.1.2. If you are running an earlier version, you must download the full release.

Download 5.1.3 Patch Download 5.1.3 Full

SHA256 Sum

% blesta-5.1.3.zip
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% blesta-5.1.0-5.1.3.zip
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To patch your installation, please follow the instructions for Patching an Existing Install from our user manual.

Featured Extension - QuickBooks Online

August 10, 2021 | Posted by Paul


This is the first of many future posts where we highlight a third party extension. Community developers are a very important part of the Blesta ecosystem and they add a great deal of value. We want to encourage them to continue creating excellent extensions for Blesta, and we want to encourage you to support them.

The experts over at Expert Solution Technologies recently released a highly requested QuickBooks Online plugin for Blesta. If you use QuickBooks Online, you should check it out.

What does the QuickBooks plugin do?

The plugin connects Blesta with your QuickBooks Online (QBO) account, via their API, to sync your invoices, clients, and transactions.

QuickBooks Online (QBO) integration for Blesta by Expert Solution Technologies

We have worked with many APIs/frameworks. But working with Blesta, our developers felt nice and easy to get started. The well documented “Developer Manual” about APIs and “how to create plug-in” was handy. Programming Style Guide & Code samples were helpful to ensure the custom modules follow the same code standards. Overall, within a short time, we were able to make the integration work as we expected. Thank you, Blesta Team - Job well done! — Expert Technology Solutions

How can I get it?

To inquire about the plugin or to order, please email [email protected].

About Expert Solution Technologies

  • Expert Solution Technologies is a system integrator based out of Canada / India. We specialize in mid-market ERP & CRM systems and build integrated products and custom solutions. We have deep expertise in Intuit QuickBooks, Sage, Xero, Microsoft Dynamics & other small / mid-market accounting line of products.
  • We help product companies as an extended team. We have been working with many product companies for building the connector modules from their solution to ERP / Accounting applications.
  • We also work with users of the listed ERP & CRM products for custom solutions, right from import / export to automation to BI. We have worked many businesses in North America, to help building end to end business solution for their custom needs and integrated it with back-end accounting.
  • With the help of offshore development, our clients get the cost advantage at the same time getting high tech solution.
  • We also specialize in Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS for building scalable solutions using some of the cloud native technologies and tools.

What third party extensions should we highlight next? Let us know in the comments below.