April 11, 2010 at 10:54 pm #1053tiamegMember
I have just 4 services to sell via paypal (no downloadables) and would like to use the affiliate plugin with them. I think from reading the forum it seems to say that I need an e-commerce plugin to get the affiliate plugin to work. My question is – what is the simplest ecomerce plugin I can use that will just allow me payment or add to cart buttons on some of my posts/pages as I dont need a whole store.
Also – does the affiliate area auto use the design from my blog or does it have its own templates I would need to alter?
Is the plugin updates every wp update?
Does it work ok on Hostgator?
Is the plugin licensed for just one domain or could I use it on two domains?
ThanksApril 11, 2010 at 11:59 pm #19575IvyMember
Hi, It is hard to say what will be the easiest shopping cart option for you, what is easy for one person may not be for another.
The Affiliate and eStore are preintegrated so they are made to work together. However the Affiliate can be used with other ecommerce options. Depending on how the e-commerce plugin does the actual payment processing for the awarding of the affiliate commission. You need to know when (for what action of the customer) do you want to award the affiliate with the commission and then identify where in your 3rd party plugin it is handlling this action. You can read more about how 3rd party integration here: http://www.tipsandtricks-hq.com/wordpress-affiliate/integrating-the-wp-affiliate-software-with-a-3rd-party-plugin-61
The Affiliate has a template that you can edit it will not auto use the design of your blog.
We actively update our plugins you can read more about how updates work here: https://support.tipsandtricks-hq.com/forums/topic/how-and-when-do-you-get-an-update
Yes the plugin works on Hostgator.
The Affiliate license is a single site license.
The eStore is a multi site license and can be used on as many sites as you own.
Please let me know if you have anymore questions.
IvyApril 12, 2010 at 12:03 am #19576amin007Participant
If you are using plain PayPal “Add to Cart” or “Buy Now” buttons to sell your products then it can work with the “Affiliate Plugin” too as long as you include the “rm” variable in the paypal form with a value of “2”.April 12, 2010 at 1:44 am #19577tiamegMember
Could you explain that further please abiut how to use the affiliate plugin with paypal buy now button, thanksApril 12, 2010 at 6:11 am #19578amin007Participant
Basically you have some HTML code for the “Buy Now” button that you got from PayPal. It’s either a hosted button or a plain button.
If it’s a plain button then you just add the following line in your form:
<input type="hidden" name="rm" value="2" />
This basically tells PayPal to post the payment data back to your site after a payment when the customer clicks the “Return to Merchant” button.
You then need to check the “Enable 3rd Party Cart Integration” checkbox in the settings menu of the “Affiliate Platform” plugin and it will verify the payment data and award the commission.
If your button is a hosted button then at creation time (in the “3rd Step”), paypal lets you configure advanced variable; that’s where you need to set the “rm=2” value for this button.
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