November 22, 2009 at 12:36 am #473
I would like to see a member management area similar to “Manage Customers Menu” from the store system. I’d love a way to generate a comma separated list of of all my members. In addition I would love a built-in feature under the “Add/Edit Membership Level” that allowed me to create a welcome e-mail when someone joins that membership level and a renewal e-mail that is sent out automatically when a users subscription is nearing the end. I’d love a way to specify how far in advance that renewal e-mail is sent.
I’m not sure I entirely understand how a user buys a renewal for their existing account if it is about to or has already expired. Could you possibly explain that to me?December 7, 2009 at 11:00 pm #16206
Any thoughts on this?December 8, 2009 at 4:33 am #16207amin007Participant
Hi Greg, This is something I am definitely going to implement but we had a set back with the whole PHP4 and PHP5 server issues so we decided to work on updating the whole codebase so it works seamlessly on both PHP4 and PHP5. We also added the option so you can now integrate the eMember users with your wordpress user database so when a member signs up in eMember an user account is also created in the core wordpress user database so the login credentials can be shared (this feature can be turned on or off). This option resulted a lot of additional work. Anyway, hopefully we should be able to implement the email address getting feature soon.
At the moment renewals are handled by subscription payments. So for example if you want to create a membership where the members have to pay “x” amount of money per month or year to stay subscribed then all you have to do is create a “Membership Level” and set the subscription duration to “Never Expire”.
Now configure a Subscription button in eStore and hook it to this membership level (http://www.tipsandtricks-hq.com/wordpress-membership/?p=60)
Once they make a payment using this subscription button they will become a member but they can’t cancel this subscription in order to stay a member cause as soon as they unsubscribe PayPal will notify the eStore plugin and it will automatically deactivate the membership for this member.
This way the recurring payments and subscriptions are automatically handled for you and you don’t have to worry about sending notification to your members and stuff. Does this make sense?December 10, 2009 at 12:58 am #16208
I think this is a very exciting choice on your part! There were a few plug-ins I wanted to use that required WP-user status. While the raw awesomeness of your plug-in made me forget about those. This new direction you are taking open those options back up for me.
My only suggestion in this area would be to let an admin specify what role the user gets created with. (You may already be doing this, I would not know.) This would open up the use one of WP role extension systems to control access even further and would be a fantastic way to extend the great work you have done here. Once again I think this is a great choice, It seems to me most other “membership” systems keep their users separate like you had done in the past. I think this will put your plug-in head and shoulder above the competition and is a real selling point.
We are creating an annual member ship site. I see what you are saying but I think people shy away from automatic renewals, I know I do. I still feel a system for sending notifications on or near expiration or both really would be best… on the bright side you have almost a year to get it working
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