The beauty of having an open API (Application Programming Interface) is that anyone can develop a connection with Xero, be it custom software, other software products, or as is the case recently, web hosting management software.
As you’d expect, the boys and girls in the web hosting industry are a pretty tech savvy bunch, which is why many prefer to use modern, cloud based accounting software to run their businesses. Web hosting has quite specific software needs with almost everything automated including sign up, provisioning and billing.
One of the leading products in the market is WHMCS (Web Hosting Manager’s Complete Solution). Edge Hosting (http://www.edgehosting.co.uk/), a UK based provider of Magento Hosting, use this as the main piece of software to run their business – all it lacked was an accounting software integration. Having checked Xero out and liked the look of it, the Edge Hosting team set about building a module for WHMCS that would synchronize contacts, invoices and payments with Xero.
Once complete, they realised others might also want to use the module. It’s now commercially available and sure enough dozens of web hosting companies have taken to using the module with Xero.
This is a great illustration of why the API is so important to us at Xero. Niche industries can easily and quickly develop integrations between specialist applications and Xero, and if you want to release the integration on a commercial scale, the Xero ecosystem makes this possible.
Check out Edge Hosting’s WHMCS Xero Integration module here.