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WP Cinema

WP Cinema is a movie display, management and ticketing system intended for cinema websites.

What are the limitations on the free version of WP Cinema?

The free version supports a maximum of 1-3 screens in a cinema site. Everything you need to have a fully functional website is provided.

We also support limited-duration film festivals without charge, no matter how many screens or sessions you run.

The free version does not provide automated connections with in-house ticketing systems or synchronisation of session times - you have to enter your times manually. As you'd expect, the plugin does rotate your sessions as entered from day to day and you can enter a week at a time.

The free version also does not automate movie descriptions or images, which are added automatically when a movie is first seen when you have the commercial version. You can enter these manually.

How can you afford to release a functional system like this for free?

We make our money from support and licencing for larger sites. This includes additional modules for the system which make it very powerful and extensible.

We also work with developers who wish to use our products for their own cinema sites.

Actually, we're rather thrilled to offer this "lite" version without charge to smaller cinemas and to film festivals as we see it as a way of giving back to the industry, and we hope it might help smaller locations and occasional venues get started more easily.

Additionally, the free version allows you to evaluate and experiment with the software without restriction. Please note that we love to hear if there are key features missing that would make a difference for your site - please let us know.

How do you support commercial web developers?

We love to see other people developing cinema sites with this software, either for free or commercially.

The licenced addons, which would be an integral part of a fully automated implementation, are available under wholesale pricing arrangements to developers. However, if the site you are developing doesn't need any licenced modules, you don't need to talk to us or pay us - enjoy using it! And maybe send us a note to check out your work!

We also offer developer support:

  • free support being the occasional web seminar
  • free developer-only support pages and videos
  • free support for licenced modules
  • best efforts support for free modules
  • chargeable 'site setup and configure' where we configure a base movie setup for yourselves for testing/development and you then build the theme, possibly using one of the newer gen themes such as Headway or Woothemes Canvas. This is a great place to start if you haven't done much WordPress before.

If you are a customer (eg cinema owner) looking to get a cinema website developed, we find it works best for you if we work with your preferred local developer and assist them as we beleive this gives you a better experience - faster service and a point of local contact in the same time zone, with the same language and customs. We're happy to talk this through with you if that helps.

What ticketing systems do you synchronize with?

Currently, we provide interface modules for the following systems:

  • Venue Ticketing (highly recommended)
  • Showcase (under development)
  • Manual entry

With the exception of the Manual entry module, these interface modules are available additional to the lite version and are licensed for a small monthly fee, which includes support.

Additional interfaces can be developed at a nominal fee if your system is not listed and the providers are able to give us the information we need.

We recommend Venue Ticketing due to their excellent support and the incredibly configurable and flexible system they provide (see http://www.venueticketing.com.au). Venue also provide an internet payment gateway which works closely with WP Cinema.

Note that the system doesn't require a ticketing interface module; you can enter all the session time and movie information yourself. Sessions will automatically rotate on the site and you should ensure you enter at least 2-3 days (and preferably a week) ahead to ensure your listing in Google showtimes works well.

Please visit http://www.wp-cinema.com/ticketsystems for further information as it becomes available.

Who are the people behind WP Cinema?

White Dog Green Frog, an Australian Web Development and web hosting company, is behind WP Cinema. WDGF has been developing Cinema sites for 6 years supporting a small number of Australian sites.

One of the founders had a background in cinema technology fitouts, and we love movies, so we decided to create a new way of building cinema sites with active programme content.

Why did you choose WordPress for WP Cinema? Why not XXX?

We'd had two versions of our cinema management software - an old PHP version (circa 2004), and a Joomla module (circa 2008).

The reasons we chose WordPress:

  • a complete, powerful, yet easy to use CMS ready to use out of the box
  • very regular WordPress core updates and feature additions (3 monthly compared to 12-18 months for Joomla and Drupal)
  • quick security releases - within hours/days
  • self-updating website and plugin code
  • well documented systems for our developers to work with
  • a flexible and powerful plugin and hook system
  • 55,000,000 sites worldwide (est) using WordPress with nearly 20,000 plugins [April 2012]

What plans do you have for other language support?

We plan to do full customer-side internationalisation to allow support for other languages, but it isn't included in the first version. We anticipate it will become available late in 2012 under current plans.

If you would like an internationalized version which supports customers in your own language, please contact us to discuss - obviously the more demand the higher we will prioritize internationalization!

There are no short term plans for admin internationalization; again, if this would make a difference for yourselves please contact us.

What is the roadmap for future WP Cinema development?

WP Cinema is being actively developed and we are continuing to invest in development for both the free and commercial platforms.

Some of our planned extensions and additional plugins:

  • Paypal booking support (will be in free version as soon as we can)
  • Flagging of full, or nearly full, sessions
  • Optional display prioritization of categorized sessions/movies
  • (full) Internet booking support
  • Seat allocation and maps
  • Internationalization (see above)
  • Full multi-location support (cinemas at multiple locations on one+ site(s))

If there is a feature you would like to see in WP Cinema that is not currently available, please let us know in detail what you are looking for. While we can't make promises, if we get a number of requests for the same feature it will be prioritised highly.

Do you work with other developers? Or accept bugfixes?

Yes and Yes! We're always happy to collaborate with other open sourcers and WP Cinema plugins will utilise the WordPress plugin system to make the system extensible. We are committed to retaining a GPL-licenced usable version of WP Cinema well into the future, and updating as much as is humanly possible.

Bug fixes are welcome - please include a clear summary of what you're fixing - we've found Jing.com very helpful here - a short before-after movie is usually worth a thousand words. We also need the original file before you edit it, as well as the fixed file or patch diffs.

Requires: 3.4 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-6-21
Downloads: 4,801

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