Amember works great, though I am curious as to how the XenForo upgrade system works in practice as I have three other forums that I could introduce premium memberships for in the future.
One added bonus from using amember to handle payments is that I can completely disable registration in XenForo. This means that I never had to deal with spam registrations on the site; something that continues to plague my other forums unless I activate strict unfriendly anti-spam add ons.
Believe me - not having to even think about spam saves me a huge amount of time. I never have to deal with emails from people saying that the captcha image is impossible or emails saying that they are banned, even though they have never used the forum.
I am curious as to how XenForo handles user upgrades. Specifically, I want to understand how it works under a closed registration policy.
I understand that with a normal active forum, users can simply pay using PayPal to upgrade their account and then instantly receive additional permissions etc.
- Can the upgrade system be used to make members pay for a subscription if they do not already have an account i.e. only visitors who pay for a membership can actually register through the forum?
- Can you manually change the start date and expiry date of a member? e.g. for competition winners