Decide from the beginning if you want to have PAID submission or MEMBERSHIP submission .
Decide from the beginning what are the free membership listings included and number of featured included. Each new account gets a free MEMBERSHIP at registration, with free listings included and free featured listings set by Admin. If you change this limit, the change applies for NEW accounts (not old ones)
Changing options on the way, after your users have already registered and sent listings, is NOT recommended. Old accounts will have to be manually edited.
Membership allows users to “rent” display space on your site for their published properties. It’s a fee to have x number of listings published on your website for a certain time (x number = is the number of listings allowed in the active membership package). Multiple purchases DO NOT SUM listings. Please read below more.
The users receive an email with 3 days before the membership package expires. The email content can be edited from Theme Options-Advanced- Email Management.
Read more here: http://help.wpresidence.net/article/email-management/
Enable Membership and Set Free Membership options:
Free Listing expiration considers the publish date + the number of days set in admin. The user will be informed about every free listing expired via email.
Free listings cannot be re-published after expiration. The user must upgrade to a paid package to get extra time on the website for his properties.
Set Membership Packages:
A Paid Membership package includes: Name, payment cycle (day, week, month or year), payment cycle value (x days, x weeks and so on), listings included, featured listings included (deduct from total listings), package price and option to display package or not to user dashboard.
Payment processors (PayPal/Stripe) cannot support payments with 0 value. So do not create a package with 0 value.
PayPal doesn’t process packages with titles that contain characters like . or -. Do not use such characters.
If you enable just Wire Transfer, you can manually activate invoices with 0 payment (if that’s something you wish to do). Since you manually control invoices, it’s possible only in this case.
Admin can also select specific membership packages for specific user roles.
Set Payment Options:
PayPal API help – http://help.wpresidence.net/article/paypal-set-up/
Stripe API help – http://help.wpresidence.net/article/stripe-set-up/
Wire Transfer help –http://help.wpresidence.net/article/wire-transfer/
How to buy a package. How to upgrade a package. How to downgrade a package.
Users see all packages in User Dashboard.
From the same menu users buy their first package, upgrade or downgrade their purchased package
The recurring checkbox is optional. It applies for PayPal or Stripe payments. It means the payment will be taken automatically from client account when the package expiration date is reached.
If payment fails when done through PayPal or Stripe, the user will continue to have Free Membership by default (if it’s the 1st purchase) or they will be downgraded to free membership if it’s a recurring payment that failed to be processed.
When users buy or upgrade to a paid package, they will receive the number of listings included in the package purchased. Listings do not sum.
If users have already published a “x” number of properties, those properties will be automatically deducted from number of available listings after buying or upgrading the package with more listings included.
If user deletes a property, that property is still counted as listing used, so the number of listings included will not change after delete.
Users CANNOT have 2 packages at the same time.
When user upgrades to a new package, that new package limits will start to apply from the moment of the purchase, even if the user had x days/weeks/months/years from previous membership.
If users downgrade to a package with less listings than his current number of published listings, ALL his listings will be set to EXPIRED and they will have to be resent for approval. User CANNOT send to resubmit more listings than his current package allows him to.
If user has Published and Expired listings, and decide to upgrade/downgrade his membership package – in case the published properties match the number of included listings in new package (it’s a smaller or equal number), the published properties stay published. Expired listings stay expired.
The users receive an email with 3 days before the membership package expires.
Here is a short video how to buy a package with Wire Transfer, how to resubmit for approval an expired property, how to manually approve the property as admin (if that is enabled), how to edit user package activation date manually, how to run the cron that checks for USER PACKAGE EXPIRATION to do a test with package downgrade to free membership
How to cancel a package.
A one time payment will automatically be cancelled by Stripe or PayPal at the end of package availability.
A recurring Stripe payment can be cancelled from theme user dashboard. The package will expire at the end of package availability and it will not be renewed automatically.
A recurring PayPal subscription can be cancelled only in user PayPal account. The package will expire at the end of package availability and it will not be renewed automatically.
IF PAYPAL OR STRYPE PAYMENT FAILS
If user’s package expires because he didn’t renew or he doesn’t have money, the package returns to FREE MEMBERSHIP by default.
All listings will have status EXPIRED (expired listings won’t show in listings) if:
a. users package has reached the available date and user has not purchased a new package
b. user has chosen to have his package renewed every x days/weeks/months/years but the recurring option didn’t go through because payment failed (usually it means no money in user account)
c. user downgrades his package to a package with less included listings than the number of listings he has published .
User is able to re-submit only the number of listings allowed by his current package.
When expired properties are resent for approval, the theme options (manual or automatic approval) will apply. Help http://help.wpresidence.net/2015/12/31/how-to-approve-properties-manually-how-to-approve-properties-automatically/