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[resolved] You have a lot to learn about customer interaction. (6 posts)

  1. Doodlebee
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    This plugin is a good idea. However, I installed it for a client, and was very much surprised to see - when I was inserting an image to her post - that there were options as to where to place the watermark, what size to make it, and what size images to apply it to. (I was surprised because I thought these options were not possible unless you obtained the paid-for version.) When I attempted to use these settings (because they were there, and available), I was given 1) a popup window that indicated these options were only available for the paid-for version, and when I closed the window 2) I was taken to the developer's website, and told about the benefits of upgrading.

    Now, I understand wanting people to upgrade. But you should not have the options showing up there, ready to use and confusing the end user, and then when they try to use them, you're taken away from their site while they are trying to write a post. Granted, it's open in a new window, but still. It's jarring (and the message in the popup immediately made me think I had some kind of virus). And if you're "in the flow" of writing, it causes you to break your concentration, etc. I.e it p****es people off to be forced to do something they weren't expecting. I *knew* such options weren't available to me when I obtained the free version, but to have them show up anyway is confusing and annoying, and then to be taken somewhere I wasn't expecting AT ALL added to that confusion and annoyance.

    On top of that, after I got over the initial surprise at these actions (not something I think your average Joe would do, because I'm a developer, and I'm always looking for good resources), I read about the benefits of upgrading, and went to actually purchase it. I can see this being useful for clients. However, 1) I was REQUIRED to join the site; 2) I could not find a single PayPal option to pay with (doesn't mean it wasn't there - I just could not find it); and 3) I was REQUIRED to divulge information I was not ready to do (i.e. name, phone number, address, etc.)

    No purchase by me. I don't like being forced to go to someone's site, and then being forced to "join up/create an account" to purchase something, nor do I like being forced to divulge information to purchase something (with PayPal, I don't have to divulge anything save my email address - with someone I've never done business with before, this is my preference).

    I gave this plugin 2 stars just for these issues alone. I never actually got a chance to see if it actually works or not - so I didn't indicate that it worked for me or not - all I can say is that it doesn't if you already have images uploaded in your Media Library. My watermark didn't show up on existing images at all. I didn't take it any further.

    Do not take this as an "angry vent" type post. It is not. I could have left my rating as-is and never said anything more. But I did feel it might be beneficial to tell the developers WHY I gave it a poor rating, in hopes of helping them out. *Tricking* people to go to your upgrade page with no choice (yes, it *is* a trick - there's no bones about that) leaves an "underhanded car salesman" taste in the end-user's mouth. Instant distrust. Then you require someone to join your site AND require personal information from someone who's already inclined to distrust you? I'd imagine in your stats you're showing a lot of abandoned carts. This would be why.

    Hopefully you'll rethink your process here. I already knew that I wouldn't get a lot of goodies because I was using the free version. If the free version worked well, I would have, indeed, gone to the site to review benefits of upgrading. And if PayPal had been available, I would have instantly purchased the plugin. But this process? No way. I'll find something else.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/transparent-image-watermark-plugin/

  2. ChrisHurst
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    We apologize for your trouble and appreciate your input and comments.
    The only payment option we have available currently is Paypal, so I am not sure what screen you were looking at.
    We also appreciate you stating in your comments that you rated our plugin out of your frustration, rather then your experience with the plugin.

  3. Mimergt
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi ChirisHurst

    I'm in the same position of doodlebee, this pluguin is very annoying to use. I can't do anything with this. I try in a fresh installation, in some of my own websites, in a localhost and the plugin not work.

    I think that this is the worst form for show the benefist of an product. If you don't have the intention of give all the funcionts for the user MAKE AN LITE Version and stop to annoy to your potential customers.

    Sorry but i realy need tell us my opinion and my frustration with you product.

    and sorry for my english....

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    Versión en español.

    Hola ChrisHurst, estoy en la misma posición que doodlebee. Este plugin es muy dificil de usar. Prácticamente no se puede hacer nada con la vesión que se encuentra aqui en wordpress. Ya intenté usarlo en una instalación limipia, en otros de mis sitios, en un servidor local y solo he conseguido frustrarme.

    Pienso que esta es la peor forma de comercializar un producto, es decir, si ustedes no tienen la intención de brindar en este plugin todos los beneficios, Hagan Una Versión Lite o Reducida y dejen de molestar a sus posibles clientes

    Perdón pero es mi opinión, su producto parece bueno pero no lo compraré por que me parece desastrosa la forma en la que me ha hecho perder mi tiempo.

    En realidad no sé como Wordrpress.org admite un plugin con estas características en su directorio.

  4. ChrisHurst
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you for you input! I apologize for your troubles and frustration. We receive many support requests for this plugin, and many of them request the features which you find to be so bothersome. Our intention is to inform our users of the availability of these features. We plan to release a new version very soon which will have the ability to shut off the preview of the advanced features.

  5. Rasheed Bydousi
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Me too ... can't do anything with this plugin.
    I hope it was free.

  6. ChrisHurst
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Please feel free to elaborate on any issues you may be having with the plugin, what do you see in your error logs? What other plugins do you have installed? Have you tried disabling your other plugins? Thanks!

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