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The general setting are required for the proper operation of COTR. The general setting establish what the value of one “coin” in in terms of referals and cash. It also determines what features of Coin of the real you want to use. Ideally these setting should be set once upon installation and not changed afterwards as changing the setting can change the value of individual users accounts.
Ad Hoc Purchase Settings
- The referral worth will not update until you save the page
- COTR use ip addresses to prevent multiple “referals” from a single user. While this prevents abuse it does make the system rather stingy when giving out coins.
- Changing the number of referals needed to earn one coin will not change the amount of coins a user has already earned. It is best to set the Referral IP Coin Value once and then modify the coin cost of individual products as needed.
- Psychologically user respond better to the system when it is easy to earn coins and they can see themselves making progress towards a goal. It is recommended to set the Referral IP Coin Value low at 1 or 2.
The Ad Hoc Purchase Settings allow user to buy products with cash instead of coins earned through referals. Filling out this section transforms the COTR store into a traditional shopping cart system on top of the affliate system set up by the coins. While these setting are optional it’s generally useful to fill out some of them to earn money as well as referrals through the COTR. If you do not fill out these fields the associated buy now buttons for the payment gateway will not apear on the page. COTR allows for two payment gateway system. Paypal for sites with general content and Verotel for site with mature content. While both payment gateways can be active on the same site it is unusual to have both Paypal and Verotel running at the same time.Note:
At this time there is no way to pick and chose by product what payment gateways are available these are global setting for all products. * Verotel set up requires integrating with your Verotel account. It is best that you contact your rep to walk you through the process. * To accept payment through paypal complete the following steps. 1. Enter in your Paypal log in email in the Paypal handel. 1. Type in the 3 digit currency code for the currency you will be using. You can find a list of all the code paypal uses here: https://cms.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/?cmd=_render-content&content_ID=developer/e_howto_api_nvp_currency_codes 1. Set the test mode to No. Test mode is used for Paypal sandbox accounts to test out purchaces with out using real money. If you want to use a paypal sandbox account you can set it up here: https://developer.paypal.com/
The message section is where you set up the dispaly messages for various points in the COTR system. These are raw html code boxes that you can use to put any html text on the page.
The Template Setting section set up the layout for the products in the COTR store. Each individual product will have the Template Setting applied to it to determine how it appears.
To uses COTR you users much register on your wordpress site and then login. The wordpress site must also have it’s setting changed from the default to allow login.
If you are using a content managment system on your site make sure that the New User Default Role is a role not used by the content management system. If you are not careful about this you will open up secure areas of your site.
It has been found with our tests that generally users are reluctant to log in with their email address and prefer to link their login to a social media site. At the writing of this documentation the best plugin to do this we have found is the oneall Social Login Plugin. http://www.oneall.com/services/single-sign-on/
After completing these steps the Coin of the Realm software will be functional. The next sections cover page layout of COTR and creating products to sell.
Requires: 3.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3.2
Last Updated: 5 years ago
Active Installs: 10+
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