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XF 1.5 Paid upgrades

JamesBrown

Well-known member
#1
I want to allow people to buy the same subscription twice, for example, someone with two weeks left of a subscription could purchase the same sub again for another year so that the subscription will now run for 54 weeks.

Is this possible? Thanks
 
#2
I hope someone helps with the specific question. I just have a thought for you.

I use subscriptions via PayPal, and setup monthly subscriptions on PayPal that my members can subscribe to via XenForo. There are various prices/options they can choose. The advantage of doing this is that their subscriptions never end.. which seems a more normal/logical idea than something that constantly has to be resold/rebought and that entails the sort of problems you are trying to work around.

The way I do it I consider to be simply the normal way to handle a subscription... and the same as say Sky TV, AOL, or most other things you might subscribe to. They will all be taking a regular monthly sub, none will normally be saying you can't use them because your subscription somehow expired... why would any business do that to its customers etc.

I suspect it would help a lot with member retention rates as well as meaning no problems of the type you are dealing with. A small monthly amount a member can cancel whenever they want via PayPal is also a much smaller hurdle for them to jump to start a membership in the first place when compared with an annual amount. There are lots of other plus points for working that way...things like being able to close down a system owing nobody anything, and all sorts of other subtle stuff such as where people decide to leave subs running even though they may not use the system for some years etc.

Just some thoughts, hope they help, if not please just ignore them.

Steve
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#3
No, it's not possible to re-purchase a subscription in advance of it expiring.

The recurring payment is handled via PayPal.
 

JamesBrown

Well-known member
#4
Yes recurring payments are fine, but they are not as popular as an annual fee. That members have to wait to for a sub to expire, be dumped out of the subs group before they can resubscribe again is IMO a big failing. xF really does lead the way in many things but I must say managing subscriptions is not one of them
 
#10
Yeah I think with the amount of whingeing I've been doing about the subscriptions they don't need to hear more of it :D

But omg pls 2.0 use the PayPal API not just the simple subscription set-up.

Okay, no more whingeing after that one... >.>
 

Joeychgo

Well-known member
#12
I want to allow people to buy the same subscription twice, for example, someone with two weeks left of a subscription could purchase the same sub again for another year so that the subscription will now run for 54 weeks.

Is this possible? Thanks
I hope someone helps with the specific question. I just have a thought for you.
Yeah I think with the amount of whingeing I've been doing about the subscriptions they don't need to hear more of it :D
see:
https://xenforo.com/community/resources/expiring-user-upgrades.2860/