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    The current paid subscription service built into VB3 is wonderful but none of the four companies currently offered will accept adult content sites. Are there any additional billing processors in the works that will both provide the required call back and accept adult oriented forums? I have 7 sites that I would like to base permissions on usergroup settings rather than protecting entire directories.

    If not, is there some technical information available that I can provide to companies interested in supporting subsciptions and are willing to work out a solution for my needs?

    Thanks very much.

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    Is there someone I might contact directly that can provide some specifics on the paid subscribtion requirements?

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    • #3
      To my knowledge there are no other subscription services being worked on. Which specific service would you like to see added?
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      • #4
        I need one of the "big three" that handle adult content - Verotel, CCBill, or iBill. I've contacted all three and all three have requested additional information with regards to supporting a subscription service for either VB or IPB. If I'm successful at finding a billing company that can support my VB installation AND will carry adult web sites I'll be looking at an additional 5~6 licenses in addition to the current site that's ready now. Ideally, if I can get one of those three companies to commit to developing their support (preferably Verotel.com) I would be more than willing to provide a full featured web site for beta testing plus my time and implementation. What I need is some specifics on what is needed from Verotel to tie into the subscription service. I would love to work with vBulletin on this but if I at least had the specs I could go alone if not of interest. Either way I'm willing to put in the legwork and resources. Appreciate your consideration...

        - Bryan Ex

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        • #5
          Please post this in the vB3 Suggestions forum so a Developer will see it.
          Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
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          • #6
            As requested...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bryan Ex
              The current paid subscription service built into VB3 is wonderful but none of the four companies currently offered will accept adult content sites. Are there any additional billing processors in the works that will both provide the required call back and accept adult oriented forums? I have 7 sites that I would like to base permissions on usergroup settings rather than protecting entire directories.
              Bryan Ex, this is exactly what I was trying to find out before converting to VB for my own adult website.

              It's imperative that I can find a way to satisfy iBill's requirements to secure a directory. They of course have no clue about user groups nor the dynamics associated with tiered users. I'll be watching the other forum for the responses here. Thanks for asking and clarifying my very basic question regarding a VB conversion.

              Desert-John

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              • #8
                Steve... I don't seem to be getting anywhere with this unfortunately. If vBulletin is not interested in working with adult webmasters that is fine but I could really use at least an overview of how the subscription service works. The only information contained with the online manual explains how to set up your currently offered services (paypal, wordpay,etc.). What exactly is required from a payment processor and what scripts do I need to contract out development for at my end?

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                • #9
                  Suggestions for future versions are not acted on immediately. They are considered by the Developers as they work on the next version.

                  If you need help with custom scripting, then you might want to ask over at vbulletin.org.
                  Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bryan Ex
                    Steve... I don't seem to be getting anywhere with this unfortunately. If vBulletin is not interested in working with adult webmasters that is fine but I could really use at least an overview of how the subscription service works. The only information contained with the online manual explains how to set up your currently offered services (paypal, wordpay,etc.). What exactly is required from a payment processor and what scripts do I need to contract out development for at my end?
                    Once the payment system is setup via vBulletin and on the payment site itself (i.e., paypal IPN for example), the forums take care of the rest. Using paypal as an example. When someone sets up a subscription via the UserCP, the payment system communicates with the various scripts in the subscriptions folder. Once payment is verified, users will have whatever action taken according to how you setup the subscription. So for example, you have a group called 'Premium Member' and a $10/month subscription. You can have it so anyone setting up this subscription will be added to the 'Premium Member' group. Then you can use that group to allow access to restricted forums and such or give them other misc perks. Now, as far as creating a directory with images or something with restricted access, just have your script validate against the vBulletin permissions either adding your own custom permissions or just querying the database to see if a user belongs to the required group.

                    Not sure if this helps, but what it boils down to is that vBulletin allows you to easily setup subscription plans and once configured, it just does what you have instructed it to do for each plan (ie, add some user to a specific group or something). Then you just base access on those groups. It sounds like the only problem you will have is it doesn't support the required payment services yet. Basing all the access on the usergroups is a snap.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by HogMan
                      When someone sets up a subscription via the UserCP, the payment system communicates with the various scripts in the subscriptions folder.
                      But that's exactly my question - what is needed from the payment processor to activate those various scripts? Is it simply a call to the correct script, are certain variables passed, if so which ones, etc? I need the specifics on what needs to be sent from a billing company to make it work. I'm not asking vBulletin to include additional payment processors and will develop my own scripts for integration but I do need to understand what to ask for so I can set it up. This wasn't intended as a general suggestion to VB but I did want to extend an offer to work together on it if of interest. I'm simply after the technical specifications involved.

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                      • #12
                        Bryan,

                        May I suggest you look into Amember Pro with it's optional vBulletin integration script? It'll do everything you're looking for and then some...

                        http://www.cgi-central.net/scripts/amember/

                        Cheers,

                        ~Regs.

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                        • #13
                          You saved him a lot of trouble there Regs... lol I might look into that as well. Although I do not have a porn site, thinking of setting up a store, so this may come in useful for me.

                          Right on Regs!

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                          • #14
                            No problem.

                            I've been using it for quite awhile and it's one of the best purchases I've made. You'll be hard-pressed to find better support than what Alex provides there anywhere else as well!

                            Good luck!

                            Cheers,

                            ~Regs.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks very much Regs! I'll have some research to do on this but it does seem like the solution I'm looking for. Verotel is not currently listed but I do have a contact with them that seems to be interested in this project and CCBill is already integrated. I see a bunch of shiny new VB boards coming up in my near future.

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