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Blinksale 2.0: Coming Very Soon

We sent out an email yesterday to our friends and current Blinksale subscribers to alert them of the pending Blinksale 2.0 upgrade. This is what we have to say about the upcoming launch:

After several months of planning, design, and development Blinksale 2.0 will be released to the general public in less than two weeks. You read right: Less than two weeks.

Blinksale 2.0 is no small upgrade, and we believe you’ll be thrilled with the improvements. Here are just a handful of the new features in store:

  • – Recurring auto-billing (great for web hosts!)
  • – Invoice filtering (by date-range, client, tag, etc.)
  • – Invoice tracking (when sent, to whom, etc.)
  • – Invoice printing
  • – Improved support for international tax regulations
  • – Full PayPal IPN support
  • – Blinksale API

There are, in fact, a few other large features being added to Blinksale, but we’re not going to talk about them now. You’ll just have to wait and see when the upgrade is rolled out. That said, we believe Blinksale 2.0 might just change your entire mindset about online billing.

While the server upgrade for Blinksale 2.0 should go smoothly, we anticipate that their may be some minimal server downtime (a couple hours at most). We appreciate your patience as we make the change. The upgrade will be well worth the wait.

With the rollout of Blinksale 2.0, we will also be raising our monthly subscription rates. Our new base rate will start at $12 per month. However, we have happy news for you: All existing Blinksale subscribers will receive their current monthly rate for a period of 24 billing months starting in May 2006. That’s right, all current Blinksale subscribers will still be billed at their current rate for 2 more years.

This is a simple way we can say thank you for being an early Blinksale subscriber. We’re grateful for your support. In addition, anyone who subscribes to Blinksale before the upgrade will also receive the current pricing (starting at $6 a month) for a period of two years. If you’ve been holding out to try Blinksale, now is the time to sign up for your paid account. Remember, if you don’t like Blinksale (hard to imagine), you can cancel your service at any time.

This offer is only valid for Silver, Gold, or Platinum accounts created BEFORE Blinksale 2.0 is released. If you upgrade or downgrade your account AFTER Blinksale 2.0 is released, you will be subject to the new pricing. You can sign up for your Blinksale today!

Finally, a word to our subscribers using custom CSS invoice templates: With the launch of Blinksale 2.0, we will be updating the HTML email template used in our invoice layouts. This will break your custom CSS design. The new template is similar to the previous template however, and you should be able to fix your CSS without too much hassle. After the launch, we do recommend changing to a standard Blinksale-designed template in the interim until you can update your CSS to be compatible with our new HTML invoice template.

I realize many of you may have questions about the new service, and feel free to send them on. We’ll do our best to get back with you, but understand that some questions will simply have to be answered after the launch. We’re busy finalizing the release, and we still have a few secrets to keep.

Update: A few folks have asked about our Blinksale Free account. Our free account will remain virtually unchanged. A few new features are being added, but the account limitations will remain more or less the same. If you current have a Blinksale Free account and choose not to upgrade, your account will retain its same Free status. However, if you choose to upgrade after the 2.0 launch, you will be subject to the new monthly rates.

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