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  1. mtporter
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    I'm hoping to switch over a SOBI2 directory to this plugin. However, the current one has 180+ categories.

    Is it set up for multiple category selecting then when it comes time to purchase via paypal, does it add as 1 payment or does each category have to be purchased separately?

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/business-directory-plugin/

  2. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 10 months ago #

    Hi mtporter,

    The multiple-category/payment problem is a tricky one. Here's what BD does with it today:
    - When you pick a category, if the category has a fee plan associated with it, you get charged for that amount
    - If you pick multiple categories, the plugin charges for each one separately

    We understand this isn't what everyone wants, so we're working on enhancements to change it.

    Here's what we plan to offer in the future:
    - The ability to select a fee plan that offers you the ability to select X categories (and no more) for a single fee
    - The ability to select any number of categories for a single fee
    - The current behavior of each category gets charged when selected

    This is something we're working on for our next major release (after the one about to go out).

  3. Shamalli
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Hello,
    may you describe in details such case: what will be when user had payed for selected categories for 30 days of activity of the listing, but then after 1-2 days decided to change categories instead of already selected?
    Is it possible at all?

  4. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 10 months ago #

    This is also part of the multiple category issue. Editing a listing after choosing (and possibly paying) for category-specific listings now becomes something we have to restrict as well.

    Right now, there are no restrictions--so they can edit and place a listing in however many categories they want.

  5. mtporter
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    For the moment I have it so only 1 category can be selected. After it is published, if I go in and edit and leave the same category, it goes to pending status. But if I change to a different category, the payment screen (paypal) displays...

  6. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 10 months ago #

    Can you walk me through the exact set of steps you went through to create that behavior, mtporter?

    Sounds like some behavior that isn't quite right or complete here and I'd like to address it.

    As much detail as you can provide, screenshots would help. Please include whether you are logged in as admin or a regular user.

  7. mtporter
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    I've been away and haven't been able to test out. Any word on the new release?

  8. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 10 months ago #

    Hi mtporter,

    The release is about to go out this week. I wanted to get File Uploads/Attachments finished before releasing, since that's late.

    However, we've not made any progress on this thread because my last question was left unanswered. If you're still having this issue, I need the information above to continue.

  9. mtporter
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Not having issues any longer, I realize now that changing categories is adding ON to the directory...

    If and when the update comes out, hopes that it will include some of the things you mentioned it will have in another post.

    If indeed it does, those that use Joomla and use SOBI2 would be happy to switch over and use the BDP.

    BTW, when will update go into effect?

  10. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 9 months ago #

    The release will be any day now, pending final testing of Attachments which has some minor UI issues at the moment.

  11. mtporter
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Still sitting on edge of seat waiting for new release =)

  12. mtporter
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Here's what we plan to offer in the future:
    - The ability to select a fee plan that offers you the ability to select X categories (and no more) for a single fee

    Is the above implemented in the new release? If so how to configure?

  13. mtporter
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    'Out of the box' I think the SOBI2 extension for Joomla has up to 5 categories that can be selected with the first 3 being free for a set price then the other 2 categories if click are just a little more on top of the fee for the first 3 that are already selected. The SOBI2 extension I have was modified to have first 3 free for a set price then categories 4-9, (4 more than the installed 5) were set for $2.50 each.

    Was hoping 3.2 had this feature...

  14. mtporter
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    photo

    So close...

  15. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 9 months ago #

    Hi mtporter,

    You can configure fee plans to associate to a particular category, or set of categories under Directory Admin->Manage Fees, "Apply to category (required)"

    The category selection doesn't have a number that can be free and then you pay X for the rest. That wasn't something we were working on. The category payment system is something we have long term plans for upgrading to add more sophisticated behavior, but we need to handle recurring payments and the pending Google Wallet/Checkout expiration first.

  16. mtporter
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    The 3 categories selected in photo, instead of being listed separately, was looking to have it so that 3 categories could be selected for a total of $20 vice $60.

    Currently, the prices for the organization are $20 for 1 year, and $35 for 2 years for a total of 3 categories. If they chose 1 year and 4 total categories, then it is $22.50 and if they do the max of 9 total of $35 for 1 year ($20 + 6 categories ($2.50) = $35)

    I have tried to get the organization to rethink and go with a $5 for each category... which if more than 1 is selected, a year later the listing owner would get more than 1 expiration notice.

  17. mtporter
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    No problem. Just now seeing reply. Think sales of the BDP would double and triple if a number of categories were free (+ chosen plan) then extra categories chosen were extra, such as is the case in the SOBI2 extension for Joomla. I've seen where people have been screaming to have a SOBI2 plugin for WordPress.

  18. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 8 months ago #

    This is definitely something we need to add, but as you might guess, it's not easy to get right, particularly in the context of all other modules we have so we need to spend time designing it first. When it's available in beta, I'll contact you to help test it.

  19. mtporter
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Any updates on a beta?

  20. businessdirectoryplugin
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    No, not yet. We're still cleaning up recurring payments. Until that's released, we won't be ready to tackle this.

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