This post was provided by WHMCS, the exclusive Diamond sponsor for cPanel Conference 2014.

With just under 2 weeks to go until the cPanel Conference: Hands On Houston 2014, we’re busy preparing for our favorite conference of the year. And this time, we’re doing it in style!

Booth #1 * New Features * Hands-On Demos
T-Shirt Giveaway * Meet the Team * FREE Beer!

At Booth #1 (we thought we’d make it easy for you!), visitors will get the chance to get Hands-On with all of our newest developments.  They will also get the opportunity to meet and chat with members of our development and support teams, take away some cool swag, and have a free beer on us, each afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30pm!

For the first time ever, we will be demonstrating our all-new cPanel and WHM automatic sign-in integration, which provides a simple and secure way to manage staff access to all your cPanel servers. Plus, the latest version of our Responsive Client Area Theme, designed to be mobile and tablet friendly, is also set to make its public debut in 6.0

So much more than a new theme, the new client area also puts more power in the hands of third party module developers than ever before.  If you develop a module for WHMCS, we’d love to show you all its new capabilities. And since we’re also looking for launch partners, be sure to speak to us about ways you can get involved!

In addition, we’ll be showcasing the new and improved Domain Lookup, a functionality that increases the opportunity for domain sales by providing your customers with intelligently populated suggestions when they search for domains.  This is powered by our good friends eNom who will be in the neighboring booth.

That’s not all.  There’ll also be a number of exciting and informative sessions hosted by members of the WHMCS team:

1: WHMCS: Then and Now, a Prolog for WHMCS v6

WHMCS and the hosting industry have seen many changes over the last few years.  This talk will highlight some of WHMCS’s experiences during that time, how they have affected the WHMCS v5 series, and what they mean for the v6 series and beyond.

2: Best Practices for Deploying WHMCS

WHMCS automates critical parts of your business, its important that you deploy and run it in a way that ensures your business will succeed. In this talk we will discuss best practices for deploying, customizing, and updating WHMCS for current installs and future proofing your installation for the upcoming update system. We will cover security best practices, hardening steps, deploying a staging installation, testing updates, understanding WHMCS’s version numbers and change log, automated deployment, and high availability concerns.

3: Tailoring WHMCS to Fit Your Business Workshop

Every business is unique. In this workshop, we’ll explain how you can tailor WHMCS to fit your specific business. We’ll develop a custom module and demonstrate how to use action hooks inside the module to adjust the workflow of WHMCS in order to better suit your business needs. Then, you’ll see how to extend the module with some of the new user interface extension options in our upcoming release. At the end of the workshop, a team of WHMCS developers will answer questions about how they would use hooks, modules, and theming to solve your real world problems.

Don’t forget to stop by and hang out at Booth #1! We look forward to seeing you.