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June 12, 2010 at 11:49 pm #1345
I’m trying to avoid having a subscription button for every possible variation. For example, my customers can subscribe to a monthly coffee order of in quantities of 2, 4, 6 or 8 bags. I’d prefer to only have a subscribe button for each of those quantities.
However, there is a lot of room for variation in each order, and I need to pass non-price-related information to paypal along with the subscription payment:
- Ground or Whole Bean
- Flavor of coffee [there are 6-8 of these]
- A four bag order could be for 4 different flavors monthly
Paypal’s “Create PayPal payment button” wizard lets you customize the subscription button with variations and add a text field. Is there any way to make eStore do this? Perhaps it could use some of the same code already used in posting products from the shopping cart, where variations are already enabled.
An even simpler option would be to enable the Customer Input Field on subscriptions. Then I could just have them tell me what they wanted.
The distributor will see the email from paypal, though, so all the details need to be there.
I love the plugin … it’s so much better than wpEcommerce. This has been my only real obstacle. Until I get over it, I’m having to use a subscription button built solely in Paypal. That makes me lose all the stats on subscriptions in the shopping cart.
So, the three ideas I’ve thought of as possible solutions are:
1. enable variations for subscriptions
2. enable customer input for subscriptions
3. enable double form posting for subscriptions [or something like it] so that a button I create in Paypal will update the eStore statistics with the purchase.
Please, any help is appreciated greatly.
Thanks!June 13, 2010 at 12:39 am #21681
Also, a hack would be fine.June 14, 2010 at 1:46 am #21682
I have received a few requests from the customers to add in variation control for “Subscription” buttons so I will try to add this. Give me a few days and I should have something readyJune 16, 2010 at 2:30 am #21683
Thanks!June 16, 2010 at 2:49 am #21684
This option has now been added to the plugin please request an update to get it.June 16, 2010 at 3:09 am #21685
I believe I updated correctly, but I’m not seeing the ability to add variations on subscriptions.
Is the shortcode different now that pulls in the variations?June 16, 2010 at 3:58 am #21686IvyMember
Hi, All you need to do is put the variation in like you would for the “Add to Cart” button then use the subscription shortcode.June 16, 2010 at 4:00 am #21687
I have. None of the variations are appearing. i can send you a link via email if you’d like to see the code.June 16, 2010 at 11:41 am #21688IvyMember
Hi, We will need to take a look at your site. I will send you the site access request form. Please let me know if you do not get this email.June 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm #21689
I completed the site access form quite a while ago. Maybe i should have let you know.June 16, 2010 at 6:52 pm #21690
Wahoo! Got it working. The loaded version was not overwritten when I uploaded from wp-admin. Had to do FTP instead.
If I do a variation with different price amounts, will the customer subscribe at the new price? Or will that be what the initial purchase costs, and the subscription falls back to the original recurring amount?June 17, 2010 at 2:38 am #21691wpCommerceModerator
Your customer will subscribe at (actual+variatioin) amount and the recurring amount will be same as well.June 17, 2010 at 11:37 am #21692
Great! That’s even better. What a wonderful plugin.November 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm #21693the_FiddlerMember
So if I understand correctly, using variation amounts will just add to the subscription amount, right? So for example if my base subscription is $20/month, and variation 1 is $5, then anyone who selects variation 1 will pay $25/month for the life the the subscription. Is this correct?
If so, is there a way to add variations that are a one time fee, only? Like how the trial fee can be one-time? I don’t have a trial fee, but would like to add some variations to the product that are a one-time thing. Is this possible? Or is the only option to have another product that includes the one-time fee as the trial? Using the above example for this senario: One product is $20/month; a 2nd product is $20/month, but with a $25 trial period fee the 1st month.
Please let me know, and thanks for the great plugins!November 21, 2010 at 1:43 am #21694
Yes your first guess is correct.
“Is there a way to add variations that are a one time fee, only?” – No you can not have the variation price be charged only once (use a buy now or add to cart type button for that type of functionality).
Yes you will have to use the trial amount for anything that you want to charge once off in a subscription button.
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