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Paid Subscription Site Options?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Bill Thomas, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. Bill Thomas

    Bill Thomas New Member

    OK, so I have been reseraching options for a while now and am just about to pull the trigger on Invision Power to host our paid access forum. And then I stumble across xenForo, so slick it makes IP look like my grandma's forum.
    So, are there any integrations out there that would let me manage member access and payments? And how long till the software is ready for prime time production?
    I want this to work sooooo bad!
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  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Account Upgrades are already included in the software.
    They let you define amounts, durations and additional user groups and permissions.

    RC3 has just been released today and the stable release is targeted as the next one.
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  3. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    Can we make it so people have to pay before they can register? How does the payment system work? Can someone cancel or renew their membership in their control panel?
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  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    That's not possible.

    Once purchased, members can not cancel a permanent uprade. They can however cancel their subscription for any recurring upgrades at any time. If they do so before the upgrade expires, they will not automatically receive a refund, either whole or partial, for the remainder of the term.
  5. Floris

    Floris Guest

    They can contact you via 'contact us' or perhaps a cancel-board you make for them, and request to cancel it.. Admins CAN undo an upgrade.

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  6. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    It would be nice to have the option to run a paid members only forum. Seems like a simple feature request which would add a LOT OF VALUE. Imagine running a full private membership site on XenForo. Why make people join as a guest first then try to convince them to upgrade? Why not make it a paid members only, right from the start?

    Also, we need more payment gateways like Authorize.net and not just paypal. Why do none of the forum solutions out there let you use Authorize.net and insist on paypal?
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  7. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Having a core engine support a payment method, and introducing the most used one: paypal
    opens up the doors to additional engines in 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc.

    I support the paid-only community. Where if the user is a guest, they place a payment and an optional username field. their paypal email and that username field becomes their account details. They can then receive an email with a link to confirm membership, after which they get presented with a request to change their password. The 'current' pass could be their activateid for their account, pre-filled in.
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  8. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    I think the next payment option should be Authorize.net as that is the most popular gateway.
  9. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    An integrated payment system for Xenforo should be a priority.

    What was your final decision ?
  10. Bill Thomas

    Bill Thomas New Member

    XenForo - I have a few reservations, (would love a hosted solution, the lawsuit stuff, the newness of the community) but the software is too dang nice to ignore. I think it will really increase engagement and that is key for my community to be successful.
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  11. User

    User Well-Known Member

    Bill's sig nicely demonstrates that there needs to be the option to control sig behavior in the admincp. ;)
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  12. Panupat

    Panupat Well-Known Member

    c'mon, I like Xenforo better too but IPB isn't that bad xD http://www.all-final.com/forum/
  13. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    Would it be easy for a developer to create a custom plugin to enable Authorize.net for payments instead of Paypal? I would also like to be able to have users checkout and pay BEFORE creating an account and accessing content. Not sure how much time and effort this would involve. Do you?
  14. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    Any developers currently working on something like this?
  15. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Authorize.net integration is not difficult in itself, and I imagine it would take at most a day for the guys at XF to implement it. However paypal probably covers 99% of forum owners at the moment, so that time investment is much better spent on other features.

    That said, I think any payment methods should be a core development and not an addon for obvious reasons.

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