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  • I’m going to re-do this magazine website, which runs on WordPress, but only the public articles/blog are on there. The actual issues of the magazines are released bi-monthly in PDF format and Zmags digital reader only, outside of WordPress, for an extra $1,000/year via Modular Merchant, an independent e-commerce platform.

    So I want to switch the storefront to be integrated with WP, i.e., an e-commerce plugin, such as WooCommerce. But I can’t quite figure out how to set it up. Readers can purchase single issues or one- or two-year subscriptions, beginning with any issue they choose… The way it’s set up now on Modular Merchant is that there is a product for each individual issue, as well as each subscription (1 and 2 year) beginning with each individual issue. So there is a product that is a “1 Year Digital Subscription (6 Issues) starting with September/October 2013 Issue”, and another product that’s 2 year (12 Issues) same thing, and then another two (1 and 2 year) to begin with each issue. So that’s a lot of products. Then the subscription products include the respective issues, and that’s that.

    Problem is in WooCommerce a product can only belong to one grouped product. Please, does anyone know of a way to set this up? I’m pretty comfortable with tweaking and customizing WordPress, but I just can’t figure out the best way to fix this in the first place. I need a plan. Does anyone have any ideas? or maybe know of an e-commerce plugin that is better suited for this?

    Thank you all in advance.

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  • I would think the ideal way to go about this would be to simply have products for all the individual issues, then a subscription product, with a Period variation (One- or Two-Year), and then an additional field to select which issue to start with. Including Year and Months attributes in the single issues themselves, I could somehow program the subscription product (I would assume) to conditionally calculate and include the appropriate issues.

    Update: I found the Product Bundle extension for WooCommerce. That’s a start.

    Did this work for you? I have the same issue. I have a digital magazine and need to give them access to the monthly edition of the month they signed up as well as every edition after that for the next 12/24 months.

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