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  • [Forum] vBulletin 4 and AMember (and possibly aWeber) Integration

    Hey vBulletin forum members!

    I was under the assumption that integrating vBulletin and aMember was a fairly simple, straightforward procedure; it seems I was wrong. I did search the forums before posting this, but came up (really) short. It seems code distribution through aMember might be the most complicated part, though I really have no idea.

    I found this: http://www.amember.com/forum/threads...-bought.14124/

    .., but I'm not sure to which plugin it's referring, and if it's still valid for vB 4. I've been waiting for quite some time for the web designer to hook all this up, including, if it's not too difficult, integration with aWeber, so that it's as seamless and intuitive as possible. Unfortunately, due to communication errors made by both him and I, he was not as on the ball with this as I previously assumed. This lack of integration has caused a significant delay in our business for weeks now, since I've had to accept payment manually (i.e., "Please Paypal X$ to Y email address") and I'd like to finally get everything set up as quickly as humanly possible. Though I'm sure I'll set some time aside to begin learning relevant programming once things get moving, unfortunately my technical knowledge is very limited at this point.

    Relevant aspects of our business:

    - We sell two types of products:

    1) Login codes for software that we develop. Basically, the software is downloadable to everyone, and, since the software code is stored server-side, in order to use it, users must first open the GUI, then log in. We sell codes in various time intervals which countdown beginning from first login, such as daily, monthly, and 3-month. Right now, we just have these, though we may do 6-month codes (or longer) at some point.

    2) Random products, like you might buy anywhere. These could be services, like leveling up a character in an MMO game (our industry), or even t-shirts.

    - We run a membership forum to support the software. We need certain parts of it accessible to users based on which code they purchased, and when. If someone buys a 1-month code, he might have access to a certain related sub-forum for, say, 35 days. Having specifics customizable would be ideal.

    - All people should be able to register for free, as they can do now, and have access to basic sub-forums like "Off-Topic," or "Introductions."

    - If someone buys one of these so-called random products -- i.e., not tied to a specific countdown time like with the login codes -- they might then get access to an additional X or Y sub-forum.

    - All this needs to be tied in so it's as seamless as possible for affiliates, who will be pushing a lot of sales, and making a percentage of everything sold on the site.

    - I'll need pretty darn good statistics and payment tracking, especially (and mostly) for accounting, in terms of which login codes were sent to which member, when, and with which Paypal transaction #(s), net revenue (after Paypal fees), and so forth.

    - As I mentioned, aWeber integration would be ideal, since it seems like this is one of the industry standards for membership site email.

    - This may be stating the obvious, but I'll need to be able to constantly check several different variables (looking up X member's Paypal transaction info/history, looking up codes sent based on transaction # or member name, and so forth) as easily as possible, and keep track of it all in a way that doesn't make me go looney toons In other words, user friendly.

    Can people with related experience please chime and let me know what I need to do specifically in order to accomplish this? Do I need to hire a programmer, and if so, any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    To get aMember working with vBulletin, you will need to contact them or post in their own support forums as we don't provide support for third party scripts here.
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    - Highlight the correct navigation tab when you are on a custom page
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    - Allow to use custom icons for individual forums

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Trevor Hannant View Post
      To get aMember working with vBulletin, you will need to contact them or post in their own support forums as we don't provide support for third party scripts here.
      I understand, and thanks for the reply. Then, can someone who is not "officially" affiliated with vBulletin please chime in? This is really, really important for me...

      Cmon Trevor, you must have some idea where to turn... I mean I'm not asking about cold fusion here. vBulletin is the most popular forum software in the world, and aMember is the most popular membership one. There should be some precedent to this kind of issue. I've posted in their support forums, but they're not nearly as lively as the vBulletin forums... I wonder when I'll get a response, if ever.

      Help, please!

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      • #4
        You can find help with custom coding at www.vbulletin.org. In my experience though very few people actually use aMember on their sites since vBulletin has its own fully functional member system. I only know of 3 or 4 sites that use it but there are probably more. None of the known sites that are using aMember are using it to sell things via vBulletin though.
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        • #5
          Once you have purchased aMember, login to their site and look in your options, there is a download link for the plugin you need to use with vBulletin 4. It's a little finicky to find but it's there, follow instructions and be careful not to import users more than once or you'll have duplicates.

          Aside from that, aMember does not distribute a lite/free version of their product so asking on vbulletin.org may not produce the desired replies your looking for however we'll try our best and someone there may be more well versed and able to reply accordingly .


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          • #6
            Have you tried putting the AWeber code in a CMS homepage widget? I'm planning on signing up soon and had planned to do that. Hopefully it works. Otherwise I will have to hire a coder to make it work.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Wayne Luke View Post
              You can find help with custom coding at www.vbulletin.org. In my experience though very few people actually use aMember on their sites since vBulletin has its own fully functional member system. I only know of 3 or 4 sites that use it but there are probably more. None of the known sites that are using aMember are using it to sell things via vBulletin though.
              Thanks for the response. I've now posted on vbulletin.org as well, so I'll look into that as well.

              That makes sense... then, if you know, how might I be able to use vB to sell products, and achieve what I'm trying to do (even with the help of a programmer; see below)?

              Originally posted by TheLastSuperman View Post
              Once you have purchased aMember, login to their site and look in your options, there is a download link for the plugin you need to use with vBulletin 4. It's a little finicky to find but it's there, follow instructions and be careful not to import users more than once or you'll have duplicates.

              Aside from that, aMember does not distribute a lite/free version of their product so asking on vbulletin.org may not produce the desired replies your looking for however we'll try our best and someone there may be more well versed and able to reply accordingly .
              Thanks for the response!

              I understand how that might seem like the case; perhaps things were recently changed. I even found this to back up what you're saying:
              http://manual.amember.com/Integratio..._Configuration

              However, when I log into amember.com, I see the following two screens:

              http://imageshack.us/f/233/amember.jpg/

              http://imageshack.us/f/694/amember2.jpg/

              The link in the highlighted portion of the second image (vBulletin integration plugin $40) links here, a dead link:
              http://cgi-central.net/scripts/amember/plugins/vb.php

              Originally posted by bf777 View Post
              Have you tried putting the AWeber code in a CMS homepage widget? I'm planning on signing up soon and had planned to do that. Hopefully it works. Otherwise I will have to hire a coder to make it work.
              Apparently, integrating aWeber seems like more trouble than its worth (see below). It seems if you manually pull email addresses from vB it should be relatively straightforward to integrate them into aWeber manually, as all people need to do is opt in/out, but I don't know as I've never used it. I guess I'll cross the aWeber bridge when I come into it, since comprehensive payment/membership integration is by far the most pressing issue.

              --

              One programmer I found on one of those freelance site, who I may very well hire as his response was quite thorough, sent me this:

              "
              you sell logins to a desktop application you developed
              you want to support your clients based on there subscription
              if they purchased 1 month login code they will have access to some other sub forums for 1 month
              vbulletin have its own Paid subscription system which works as you require like when subscription time gets passed user automatically gets restricted from specific forums

              aweber integration will take you long and cost i have done this before and lately we(me and client) come to know this was a useless and requires some extra routine work

              main thing is how we will keep record of which code is for whom
              in my opinion we should keep records within paid subscription table of forum adding some additional fields to the table so we can show them on member profile page or somewhere else with "only admin can view" or "admin and owner can view"
              lately when subscription gets over these codes will be deleted or "only admin can view" access

              or on successful subscription a new thread will be created which will be visible for subscribed member and admin only (though this kind of thing come first time in my mind) i am not sure if a thread can be set permission to only one specific member but as PM's work in same condition i think it can be achieved
              "

              Can vB really achieve all this? What limitations might there be for what I'm trying to accomplish?

              Honestly I'm starting to see so much overlap I'm feeling like a moron for buying aMember; luckily they have a 30-day money back guarantee if I end up not needing it

              Regardless, it seems like I'll need to hire someone. Thoughts, so I might be of better assistance to this guy?

              Thanks!

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              • #8
                Do you have amember plugin for vbulletin ? Please upload.

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