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PayPlans 4.0 Alpha Released

PayPlans 4.0 Alpha Released

It has been almost a month since I shared the last progress update for PayPlans 4.0 and just like yourself, the team and I are also very excited with the release of PayPlans 4.0.

Today, will be presenting you with the long awaited PayPlans 4.0 Alpha. Before anything else, I would like to take some time here to give a big Thank You to all of our customers for being patient and being ever so understanding. A big Thank You to the team for prepping up this release.

Brand New User Preferences

Account preferences at the front-end

We have completely revamped the entire workflow of the user's preferences page. Prior to PayPlans 4.0, it was pretty confusing when it comes to updating the user's account. Information and form was placed in multiple places and to make matters worst, it is very confusing to the end user for trying to update their personal details. With the introduction of the new user preferences page, we created a centralized section for users to update their details.

Refined Administration Experience

Dashboard view from the back-end

If you are coming from PayPlans 3.x, you will notice a complete makeover in the administration area. Our designers came up with a more modern and refined dashboard to give you a birds eye view of the operations on the site. The dashboard will also have a more unified layout as the rest of our core extensions. Apart from having a bird's eye view on the overall activities in PayPlans running on your site, it will also have the handy single click updater, for quick and easy upgrades. 

Simplified Checkout Process

Just like many other site owners, we also emphasize on conversion rates and one of the most important factor for increasing conversion rate, is to decrease the amount of actions a user can perform during the checkout process. We spent months trying to come up with a much more refined and simplified checkout process. If you have followed our previous blog posts, you'll notice several different iterations of our designs on the checkout page.

​The brand new checkout page has been heavily optimized to be user friendly, shaving off the three-step checkout page down to just a two-step. Narrowing down the purchasing process for PayPlans 4.0, thus making it a lot quicker, simpler and more straightforward. 

In essence, the quicker and less complicated the checkout page equates to a higher conversion rate for your site. 

Order Management

Update subscriptions on the site

Like any other billing system out there, PayPlans 4.0 is ready with e-commerce essentials, ranging from managing subscriptions, plans, invoices and transactions. More than that, any changes made within PayPlans 4.0 will be logged down automatically for future references. 

Automation Scripts

The relevant automation scripts available

Prior to PayPlans 4.0, these automation scripts are basically apps and unless you are a technical junkie, you wouldn't have any idea what either of these apps does. We have revamped the workflow and simplified them by calling them "Automation Scripts". With these automation scripts or some would call them "Macros", you can almost integrate PayPlans with infinite number of web services out there.

For an instance, if you need to send an SMS to a mobile number upon successful purchase, one could setup a REST API call to perform a POST to the SMS provider's API.


Plan Upgrades

Upgrade plans directly from the dashboard

Admin can now easily assign specific plans suitable for upgrades in PayPlans 4.0, this made switching in between upgrade-able plans possible, it's as simple as paying the price difference of the plans. 

Improved Statistics & Charts

New & updated charts for sales

​Apart from showing purely statistics of the generated sales, growth, projection for renewals and upgrades on your site, PayPlans 4.0 is now equipped with amazing looking charts that not only brings about relevant information quickly but also stats that fairly simple to digest. 

Notifications Management

​You can now quickly create new email notification directly from the back-end in regards to specific events in PayPlans 4.0 such as status changed, pre-expiry, post expiry, post activation or even cart abandonment. Not to mention, it has better logging system for payment notifications from all payment gateways at the same simplifies all debugging process as well.

E-mail Template Editor

Modify the notifications email directly from the back-end

Apart from having the ability to create custom notification rules for certain events In PayPlans 4.0, you're able to manage the notification templates directly from the back-end as well.

Major Performance Improvements

In PayPlans 3.x, when it was installed, generally the page load takes around 600 - 900ms. With PayPlans 4, we have reduced this by a whopping 60%. This was made possible by reducing the total number of dependent scripts that needs to be loaded on page load.

Reintroducing Core Apps

  • Assign Plan
  • Profile Based Plan
  • Subscription Approval
  • Auto Login
  • Limit Subscription
  • Fixed Date Expiration
  • Notification Emailer
  • Skip Free Invoice Plugin
  • User Detail
  • Parent Child 
  • Renewal
  • Plan Addon
  • Advance Pricing
  • Upgrade
  • ProDiscount
  • Plan Dynamic Modifier
  • Referral
  • PDF Invoice
  • Export
  • User Preference 

​The above are just some of the apps being reintroduced into the core of PayPlans 4.0, this was mainly to reduce the redundancy found in its predecessor. Apart from that, the team personally felt that these apps were absolutely necessary for any e-commerce sites, thus removing the hassle of installing these individual apps altogether. 

Join forces with us, bug squad!

PayPlans 4.0 Alpha is ONLY for testing purposes and should only be installed on your development site. We strongly DO NOT recommend installing PayPlan 4.0 Alpha on your live site, therefore should anything go wrong with your live site, we will not be held accountable or responsible for it. 

All bug reports and feedback will be gathered on our dedicated forum section found with the button below. This will be much easier for our developers and support guys to monitor every single issue posted or found in Alpha release. Join forces with us as we're on the quest of eliminating as many bugs before the stable release. Happy testing everyone! :)

 

Comments (30)

  1. joy

wow amazing! Can't wait to install it right now :) Will there be also designs avaible in the near future? This "Plan upgrade" looks beautiful. Would be great to have a site with this style.

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  1. Mark    joy

Thank you joy :) The team has been working around the clock for the past 6 - 8 months to refactor, rewrite and beautify PayPlans. It's a huge sigh of relief for me and the team as we finally release PayPlans 4.0 Alpha.

Our goal in pushing out PayPlans 4 isn't really about introducing features, in fact what we have done is to make it much leaner to ensure that the software can be much easier to be maintained and enhanced in the future.

As for new designs, certainly :) But we believe what we...

Thank you joy :) The team has been working around the clock for the past 6 - 8 months to refactor, rewrite and beautify PayPlans. It's a huge sigh of relief for me and the team as we finally release PayPlans 4.0 Alpha.

Our goal in pushing out PayPlans 4 isn't really about introducing features, in fact what we have done is to make it much leaner to ensure that the software can be much easier to be maintained and enhanced in the future.

As for new designs, certainly :) But we believe what we have added in PayPlans 4.0 is sufficient enough to get greater conversion rates but as always, Rome isn't built in months and certainly not in a day, but we will evolve as we progress by learning and adopting ideas from our customers as always.

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  1. joy    Mark

yeah that's what i love at stackideas. 1 System and all integrations works pretty well. Also the easy use concept for administration. Looks familiar and is light.

We want everything. And we do also now, that stackideas is a small but a high talented team with passion and benefit for us the users. It's quite cool, how fast everything went and is well designed with tons of functions.

A smiliar design what i would prefer would be like: http://demo.joomshaper.com/?template=stellar with helix...

yeah that's what i love at stackideas. 1 System and all integrations works pretty well. Also the easy use concept for administration. Looks familiar and is light.

We want everything. And we do also now, that stackideas is a small but a high talented team with passion and benefit for us the users. It's quite cool, how fast everything went and is well designed with tons of functions.

A smiliar design what i would prefer would be like: http://demo.joomshaper.com/?template=stellar with helix ultimate.

Incoming is also Joomla 4, Easysocial update - would be cool to know, whats on the roadmap - and Translations.

If even a SDK Kit for Android/iOS Apps would be avaible, that would be the overkill and the last piece of cake for a allround solution. Remember as i said 1000 or 2000 $ yearly would be okay to got a functional System with beautiful integration.

Mark you and Stackideas rocks! Take some break and celebrate :D

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  1. Mark    joy

Wait for some of the exciting updates that Sylvie will be posting soon regarding EasySocial 3.0 and the native mobile apps :)

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  1. joy    Mark

nice! I can't sleep now, but i will refresh each 10 minutes the blog page.

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  1. Philippe    Mark

EasySocial 3.0 and the native mobile apps

Oh Mark ! It's a amazing news ! :)

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  1. ssnobben    Mark

Native app wow thats sounds great really looking forward to this news maybe something similar like Appconda doing ? https://appsconda.com/

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  1. Supporter    ssnobben

I guess native mobile apps are the already existing mobile templates (https://stackideas.com/apps) updated and enhanced...
Probably not the iOS or Android kind of app.

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  1. Tom Bohacek

How about recurring payment plans? Is it supported? If yes, which payment providers do you use that offer recurring billing?

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  1. Mark    Tom Bohacek

Yes, recurring payments are still supported and some of the payment providers like Stripe, PayPal Pro, Authorize.net supports recurring. We have left out several payment providers because we do not have an account with them and they are reluctant to create a developer account.

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  1. Supporter

Like in athletics the biggest efforts and focus are required just before the finish line

Keep performing guys ! The rewards for your hard work will come flooding....

I just have a few interrogations I will post in the dedicated forum.

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  1. Mark    Supporter

Thank you :)

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  1. Andrew

Wow Mark, this looks awesome!!!!

I am not able to download the Alpha version. It says I need to subscribe, but it does not give me any options.... Can you assist please?

Cheers, Andrew

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  1. Mark    Andrew

You will need to have an active subscription to gain access to PayPlans.

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  1. Yannis JEAN

Hi,
It seems awesome.
Is It possible to calc the price of a plan ?
(I need a calculation for the price, for exemple the customer pay 2% of his monthly revenu to have access for some content).

Congratulation for the work !

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  1. Mark    Yannis JEAN

Thanks Yannis! With dynamic modifiers, it is possible to change the price of a plan on the plans page but unfortunately it's not possible to specify a custom amount on the plans page though.

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  1. Yannis JEAN    Mark

And is there a way to ask you a specific developpement for have this fonctionality ?
(since I use your component, I find J! better. I beleive you have one thé better team in the J ! World).
You Can contact me on my mail.
Thx

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  1. Mark    Yannis JEAN

Sure, you can reach out to us at https://stackideas.com/contact with your requirements and we'll get back to you with a quote :)

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  1. Tony Boutemeur

Hello Mark!

How about people like me, who were waiting for Payplans4 since january 2018 and got expired license?

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  1. Supporter    Tony Boutemeur

I'm in the same boat Tony...

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  1. Tony Boutemeur    Supporter

In a previous post, in comment section, Mark said:" As long as you have a subscription regardless if it is expired or not, you will still get access to PayPlans 4 Alpha and Beta." https://stackideas.com/blog/payplans4-timeline-and-easydiscuss412

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  1. Mark    Tony Boutemeur

As long as you have a subscription regardless if your subscription is expired or not, you will have access to the alpha or beta releases. We have just fixed this in our issue tracker.

Do take note that support is not provided to users without an active subscription.

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  1. Tony Boutemeur    Mark

Hi Mark,

Thank you, but to me alpha and beta without support is not a gift about the fact I have paid 79$ (payplans4 + 6 months support) in january 2018 for nothing.

Thank you for your understanding.

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  1. Mark    Tony Boutemeur

We have replied to your ticket on the helpdesk :)

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  1. Paul Murray

As always looks great. Still playing around with 3.7.
Maybe I am missing something here.
But lets say there are three plans on my site.
And then I subscribe to 2 of them.
After subscribing to 2 plans I navigate to the main Plan Page where I see 3 plans to which I can subscribe!!!
ie. I can subscribe again to for eg the plans I just subscribed to.
Is this normal?
If so wold this not be a feature?
Adding a “You are all ready subscribed to this plan” flag/notice? Or am I missing something?

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  1. Mark    Paul Murray

Hey Paul,

There is a settings for this in PayPlans 4 where you can configure if you want to display the plans that the user already subscribed on the plans page, http://take.ms/EFqhy

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  1. Julian

One of the most important Apps I definitely need is the "Post Affiliate Pro (PAP)"-App. It´s a simple app that only triggers a script on every payment. Will this App still work on Payplans 4.0?

All the best, Julian!

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  1. Mark    Julian

Yes, but we do not have a test account to test it. It has been refactored but feel free to give it a try with the alpha release :)

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  1. Julian    Mark

Great, thank you. I don´t want to install the alpha in my live-version, but I will mail you as soon as the first RC is out.
All in all, I guess it´s a really simple app, so I don´t expect any issues.

All the best, Julian!

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  1. Mel

Hi Mark,

excellent news - can't wait to play around with it. Well done to you and your team. As said here already, you having a cracking team at stackideas. Phenomenal support that to date no other company can match, beautiful products that work seamlessly together, brilliant developers who are so helpful - I could go on ...

May I ask, I had a plugin developed by Manisha for this for OS Property, will that still work?

Thanks so much and will start playing around with it over the weekend

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