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  • Resolved Doodlebee


    I tried to post this yesterday, but it never showed up here in the support forums, so I’m giving it another shout. Apologies for the double-post.

    I have a couple of questions about a few extensions for WooCommerce. I’m working on a site that will provide online courses. Each course will allow access to “members only” content, downloadable files that include worksheets, audio, etc; and access to a private forum where the end user can speak with “classmates” and course instructors during the time they are taking the class.

    We’re debating between the “Chained Products” and the “Product Bundles” extensions. We’re not sure which one would be better. We’re using custom post types for the videos, but we’ll also need to sell a “bundle” that includes the private forum access and downloadable files with the access to private content. it seems either one of these would work, but is one better than the other?

    Then there’s the question regarding “Smart Coupons“. If there’s a product bundle where an item can be purchased individually (say, a PDF file at a 25% discount) – when someone buys the bundle, will Smart Coupons recognize the single item that’s on sale? Smart Coupons also indicated it worked well with “Chained Products” – but how does it work with “Product Bundles”?

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Okay, I finally got an answer, so I thought I’d share it here, in case anyone else had the same question.

    Chained Products is an extension for when you want to allow people to purchase items as a gift for someone else. (Think Amazon registries, or wishlists.) Product Bundles is more for when you want to group a bunch of products together and sell it as a bundled item.

    Neither one will recognize if an item is on sale individually – so if you have a single item on sale, and it’s in the bundle or chain it won’t be on sale within the grouped stuff. (Which makes sense, since usually the grouped stuff is at a lower price anyway.)

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