Does WP3-Invoice still exist? I cannot find it.
Elliot took WP3-Invoice out of the WordPress repository, and sadly he doesn't even have it available on his site as an unsupported free download.. I may put it up on my site now that I am thinking about this.. I would have to make sure that I remove my custom template.. But there's some improvements I made in my custom template that I might make part of the default template if I do put this up and make it available on my site..
There's a LOT that's good about WP-Invoice, but sadly there is SOOOOOO much more that needs improvement.. I make the comparisons to WP3 Invoice because this plugin IMHO was done very well, and it's too bad Elliot decided to stop working on it.. The features were awesome; from the use of a custom post type (without character restrictions), options to carbon copy the site owner when sending out quotes/invoices, the fact that it worked with PayPal's IPN functionality to return payment confirmations correctly, very well done and customizable templates for both the customer e-mail as well as the invoices/quotes themselves, etc. It really was a very well done plugin which was built with all kinds of businesses in mind as users of it.
There were only two shortcomings with WP3 Invoice which is why I looked at WP-Invoice to begin with:
- Recurring Billing
- Support for partial payments
However after using WP-Invoice for a while, I found that so many things that WP3 Invoice did right are not done as well in WP-Invoice.
I tried to live without the custom templates (and the ugly invoices and quotes that were produced by the plugin as a result), not getting copied when invoices/quotes went out, the odd language used for things like logging partial payments, and the fact that PayPal payments were not updating correctly (so I had to manually mark my invoices paid).
I tried to live without all of this because support for partial payments and recurring billing were important.. HOWEVER, being limited as to how long my quotes/invoices could be was the final straw for me.. I could put up with the features not being as nice or nice looking, but preventing me from writing quotes/invoices because I exceeded some silly RANDOM character limit makes this plugin nearly useless for me..
- why is 'Send Invoice' (under the 'Recurring Bill' checkbox) there? I don't want an email sent. This is (in my usage model) an ARB charge auto-generated by Authorize.net ARB, not by WP-Invoice.
- why doesn't 'Billing Cycles' (also under the 'Recurring Bill' checkbox) have a hint to help you understand how to say 'infinite'. I have invoices I want to send every month until the customer cancels.
Someone else brought this up as well in another post.. I wonder if the PayPal recurring billing works the same.. I have never gotten a chance to really look at how recurring billing works for PayPal, but if they are not using the PayPal API for recurring billing this makes recurring billing less than helpful for my needs..