March 14, 2011

DAP v4.1 Beta

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4.1 Beta Is Here!

And we've added some very cool new features to this release. So let's get right to the big story…

Self-Service Store (SSS)

This is our big "Magnum Opus" – our "Summer Blockbuster" – released early!!

This is our "Pièce de résistance", our "Coup d'état", our "Tour de force", our "Chef-d'oeu·vre"… (ok, ok, stopping… running out of hyperbole anyway)

But that's how excited we are about this!!! Enough to put 3 exclamation marks in a row!!!

The Self-Service Store (SSS) plugin is a very cool new plugin, that allows you to give "Credits" to your buyers (of a "Master" product), which they can then "Redeem" towards various "Child" Products. It's practically "Content On Demand".

Instead of you dripping content on them in a pre-determined fashion, they choose the modules they want, and the order in which they want them. You just give them the credits, put the power of choice at their fingertips, and get out of the way :-). Awesome stuff (video further below).

Please note that SSS will only work with 4.1 and above.

Click here to buy the SSS Plugin

MailChimp Integration

DAP now integrates with MailChimp. At a Product level, you can choose if buyers of that Product get added to your MailChimp list. DAP will also "remove" them from your MailChimp list if their access to the Product is removed within DAP.

Internationalization

Hola! Ce qui est très cool ("this is very cool" – in French, no less!).

DAP goes global!

No, we don't mean people from around the world buying DAP – that they already do. We're talking about the new ability to customize the few "Member-Facing" pages in DAP – like "My Content", "My Profile" and "My Affiliate Info" pages – in any non-English language of your choice. We tested with many languages – like Spanish, Dutch, French, and even Chinese! Others will/should work too – as long the language characters are UTF-8 based.

WordPress is already "international" friendly, so we're excited to be able to help membership site creation in multiple languages. And what's really cool, is that you can now also send Autoresponder & Broadcast emails in all of these languages (the last time we checked, even the big-boys like Aweber don't let you do that!).

Admin & Affiliate Reports

There are a few new useful Admin & Affiliate reports.

Admin: On the DAP Admin home page, you will see a few new reports, and enhancements to existing reports. The new "Member Summary" report will show you how many paid users, free users, admin-added and expired users there are. It also gives you a per-Product break-down of these same numbers. And on top of that, you can use the date range to further filter results.

There's also a new "View Performance Summary" report (default report that runs when you visit the "Affiliates > Run Reports" page) that gives you more information for each affiliate – like Clicks generated, Leads, Sales and even Earnings-Per-Click (EPC).

Affiliate: The same affiliate report above is now available to each of your affiliates too. On their affiliate page, they can now see a new table that lists their Clicks, Leads, Sales and EPC.

IPN Script Generator For Developers

DAP now supports the ability to quickly develop support for any 3rd party shopping cart providers that support IPN notification (via HTTP POST) to 3rd party scripts. The DAP admin will have the ability to generate an IPN Script for any 3rd-party shopping cart that support IPN. 

And once the script is generated, you simply upload it to the "dap" folder on your site and update the shopping cart IPN URL settings with the URL of this new script.

New DAP ShortCode Feature

You can now use the DAP ShortCode framework to NOT SHOW a part of your post or page, to anyone WHO IS LOGGED IN.

So, say you wanted your "Sales Copy" and your "Buy Button" to be shown only to visitors, but NOT BE SHOWN to those who are already members, then you can do this.

DAP Plugin Framework

We've created a new "Plugin Framework" for DAP, that developers (and we ourselves) can use to quickly add plugins (even a few-line scripts) to DAP, in order to integrate with other 3rd-party scripts. For example, on a new user-add, you want DAP to pass the member info to a 3rd-party script or application that you are using in addition to DAP. It's not yet as slick as the WordPress plugin framework, but we'll certainly get there sooner than later. In fact, the MailChimp integration is our very first plugin to use this framework.

Miscellaneous Additions

We have a couple of features planned – like one password-generation related feature – which we're going to add to this release before it goes final (a 4.1.1, if you will).

Dog Food v4.1

Yup, we always eat our own dog-food. So we've actually gone ahead and installed v4.1 Beta on this very site – DigitalAccessPass.com . So when you log in to the member's area, you will now see the new "Affiliate Performance Report" that we mentioned above.

The SSS plugin (in its primitive original version from years ago) has always been sold separately. And it will continue to be sold separately.

And once we add the avatar-the-mind-bender-type features to this plugin over the next couple of releases, the price is going to go up – way up.
 

DAP Affiliates: Get Busy!

If you're already a DAP user, then this is THE perfect time to promote DAP.

The last time we offered SSS for free, many of our affiliates made a killing. There's no better bonus for DAP than a real, usable, useful, powerful plugin like SSS.

So get your affiliate toolbox out, and start notifying your lists.

Check Out The Videos

1) SSS Intro

2) SSS Admin Setup

3) SSS User View

 

MailChimp Integration

 

Cheers!

Veena & Ravi

PS: And don't forget to leave a comment below, as alwaySSS 🙂


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  1. Well Done Veena & Ravi!…you guys really do rock 🙂

    I’ll be taking you up on your SSS offer shortly.

    One question that I have about 4.1 is that you had mentioned to me that you would include the option for an ‘end day’ shortcode so that I could include welcome content etc within a page that could be removed a day or 2 later.

    Has this been added in this update?

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Matt

  2. Do you guys SLEEP??!

    I am most excited about… the IPN script generator! I have been wanting to integrate with 2Checkout for a while, but I know you guys weren’t too keen, so I’ll just go ahead and do it myself 🙂

  3. Wow, guys, this is a SUPERB update!

    A few of those features may not look very sexy on the face of it, but they’re going to give DAP-powered sites some real grunt.

    Gee whiz, I’d better stop; I sound like a gushing idiot! 😉

    Nice one.

  4. How do we get a hold of 4.1 beta? Is that the one you are selling now? I’m new to DAP, but need the 4.1 because of the internationalization and IPN script generator.

  5. As per your usual, there is so much new stuff to take in! I don’t have time right now (have to jump on an early webinar) but I got as far as the ability to send email in all languages…seriously? Are we talking write them in English and they’re translated to the language of the browser that opens them? Wow. You guys really have outdone yourselves. (By the way, this post is already #2 in Google for the search “send autoresponders in different languages”; #1 is someone asking if they can and the answer is a big fat “no”.)

    I also skipped ahead to the SSS cost…I’ll send a support ticket later to make sure, but I’m guessing I’m in the $67 dollar club. From what I understand of this script, that is a steal! I already have a whole lot of plans in mind for it.

    Thanks, as ever, for your incredible work ethic and dedication. You are both inspirations :).

  6. I was waiting for the international version, so that is perfect. But, where is the language file? I found dap/inc/language/english but changing something there doesn’t seem to work (updating was a breeze though). Can you help me out with this?

  7. Veena, now that you have integrated all the majors autoresponder services are you planning to integrate (in a simple way) Amazon SES in DAP?

    I mean the only thing that stops me from using Amazon SES is the fact that i can’t track the open rate and CTR but yesterday i’ve read somewhere in the doc section that you are planning to implement those features asap so does that means that it will be possilble to use Amazon SES and know the open rate & CTR and all the other analytics that i’m now using in Aweber?

    i think it’s every marketers dream to have one tool that does everything 🙂

    Cheers

  8. It would be really cool if SSS could be made to give store credits to our affiliates for sales generated. I’d like to be able to pay my members with store credits for referring their friends.

    One of my member said I know it would motivate me more than getting a check because it’s money I can spend on my hobby without feeling guilty or getting yelled at by my spouse for buying yet another guitar DVD.

  9. If I understand correctly, the purchase process is that I send PayPal funds to the address above, and then you send the plugin? There is no “sales page?”

  10. Awesome MONEY Sent 🙂 add more features + plugins so I can send you even more money! 🙂 Great job on the new features so fast! Cheers to your both!

  11. Awesome…. MONEY Sent 🙂 add more features + plugins so I can send you even more money! 🙂 Great job on the new features so fast! Cheers to your both!

  12. Awesome! I’m still hoping to see a feature to be able to control the order of drip content on a single day – i.e. Lesson 1A, 1B, 1C (listed in order)… on day one.
    Keep up the great work.

  13. I am very happy for the UTF-8 inclusion, both in mail and the members area. This is a must, if I want to serve my home mates. Thanks for this feature!

    Mailchimp integration is super, too, I think Mailchimp is a very strong service!

    DAP plugin framework is another very good thing, because I like to use another email service too, like imnicamail, and this can make possible easily the integration between them.

    SSS plugin is another thing, I sure want to use, because I already thought out this possibility to serve the different months modules and connected products as a self service mode, and this can give me that very simply.

    So, I must congratulate, Veena and Ravi!

    Carry on! I go now to apply for the new SSS plugin.

  14. Kirk,
    >> If I understand correctly, the purchase process is that I send PayPal funds to the address above, and then you send the plugin? There is no “sales page?” << Yes, it's only paypal for now. We will add to sales page shortly.

  15. Kenny,

    >> It would be really cool if SSS could be made to give store credits to our affiliates for sales generated. I’d like to be able to pay my members with store credits for referring their friends. << Yes, its on our list... it will be part of next SSS update.

  16. Robert,
    >>> I was waiting for the international version, so that is perfect. But, where is the language file? << Please open a support ticket and we will resolve it.

  17. Matt,

    >> One question that I have about 4.1 is that you had mentioned to me that you would include the option for an ‘end day’ shortcode so that I could include welcome content etc within a page that could be removed a day or 2 later. << It's not there currently but we will add it to 4.1 before it's final.

  18. Mark,
    >> I am most excited about… the IPN script generator! I have been wanting to integrate with 2Checkout for a while << It will be great if you are able to successfully integrate with 2CO using our IPN generator script. I know that with 2CO, the actual payment approval could take upto 24 hours (due to security/fraud check) so the thing to watch out for with 2CO is whether they send IPN notification upon the actual payment approval. DAP will create membership account after it receives successful payment IPN notification. You might have to publish a message in the thankyou page that the process to create membership account could take upto 24 hours (to set the user's expectation in terms of when they would get access to the products they purchased)

  19. Muso,

    >> How do we get a hold of 4.1 beta? Is that the one you are selling now? << You can login to your membership area on our site (digitalaccesspass.com/dap) and download 4.1.

  20. for SSS is there any chance of you adding the ability to have say 50 copies of a product available and as they are sold it automatically deducts from the final amount until sold out and then it removes it or stops it being sold – so an inventory type feature? – this would make it great if so

  21. Frank, Kirk,

    You can always take the product out of SSS in the DAP admin panel after a certain number of sales with the click of a button.

    You can also set a start and end date for the child product’s availability in the store. After the end date, the product will no longer be available in the store.

    This is the first release of SSS. We will incorporate more inventory control feature in future releases of SSS.

  22. Can a self-service product also be purchased as a stand-alone product? (i.e. create a special promotion with products I already have; but still allow the product to be sold as it has in the past…)

  23. Please do incorporate an inventory control feature. This is probably the most basic difference between a ‘store’ and a ‘membership’ site. It should be very powerful when combined with the points system and coupn system.

  24. Peggy,

    >> Can a self-service product also be purchased as a stand-alone product? (i.e. create a special promotion with products I already have; but still allow the product to be sold as it has in the past…) << Yes, the self-service product can be purchased as a standalone product. So say you have a master product that you sell just to allow users to buy credits. Say you have child products (that has the actual content) that are tied to the master product and the users that buy credits (by purchasing the master) can redeem the credits towards child products. Here's how your users can get access to the child product that participates in SSS. 1) If it's a paid product, you can create a buy button for the child and sell the child product as a regular/independent product (outside of SSS). Users can purchase the child product like any other product even though the same child participates in SSS. 2) Users can purchase credits by buying the master and then when they access the store, they can redeem the credits towards any participating child products.

  25. Okay, I finally got around to reading all of this and watching the videos. You two REALLY rock! I am so excited (and grateful) for this awesome new functionality with DAP…all of it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    M

  26. Can we set up a free product in SSS that initially adds a certain number of credits to access a certain number of content pieces for that month … then adds more credits each subsequent month, just as though they were paying a subscription fee. This would be a kind of loyalty bonus for staying subscribed, providing access to more and more content as credits accrue.

    Brian

  27. Really basic question, sorry: I’m assuming that monthly subscription memberships can be set up to accrue a certain number of credits each month that they stay as paying members? Just haven’t had time to install the plugin yet to check.

    Brian

  28. Brian,

    >>Can we set up a free product in SSS that initially adds a certain number of credits to access a certain number of content pieces for that month … then adds more credits each subsequent month, just as though they were paying a subscription fee. << Yes, thats exactly how SSS works. Set up the master product as a subscription/recurring product in DAP, and then when the recurring payments come in each month, DAP will automatically add credits to the existing balance.

  29. Free products work pretty much the same as paid products in DAP, Brian. If you’ve set the free product up as a recurring product worth 20 credits, then each time the “recurring” happens 20 more credits would be distilled…just as if it were a paid product. So, it was an answer to both questions :). On the flip side of that, if you want a finite number of credits given, don’t set it up as a recurring product.

    Veena…of course. You make it easy :).

  30. Molly, thanks for stepping in. That’s what I was hoping but hope is not a strategy and really needed the assumption validated before investing the time. Thanks.

  31. Thanks Molly :-).

    Brian – sorry, i missed the ‘free product’ part in your question.

    For paid products, the trigger is recurring payment notification from the payment processors. DAP can add credits when it receives the monthly payment notification.

    For free products, whats the trigger? Even if you define the free product as a recurring product, DAP will not automatically assign credits at the end of month unless someone/something tells it to.

  32. “For free products, whats the trigger? Even if you define the free product as a recurring product, DAP will not automatically assign credits at the end of month unless someone/something tells it to.”

    That’s exactly why I asked the question … there is no payment trigger so I was asking if time could be the trigger? Are you saying that DAP has no way of doing this on a “time” basis (eg monthly anniversary of opt-in) currently?

    As I said in my question, I see this as a loyalty bonus for staying subscribed, earning credits which could even be applied towards a paid subscription or another service.

    Brian

  33. Okay, so that really means we can’t offer free “subscriptions” in the true sense, since there is no recurring time element. It’s a one-off event rather than subscription. Sorry to labour the point but I’m glad I asked since that is fairly fundamental and affects how I position my “subscription” / membership site. Loyalty aspect will go.

  34. >>Would that still require a shopping cart process for the $0.01? Thinking about the client experience.
    << Yes... because like i mentioned above, dap needs a trigger to add credit. So if you charge them 0.01 monthly, the payment processor would send IPN (instant payment notification) to DAP every month that would allow dap to add credits.

  35. Thanks Veena. Just before I create a whole offer around this, to overcome resistance to go through a shopping cart and accounting process for $0.01, does that mean there would be no plans to introduce a time-based free subscription into DAP anytime soon?

    I’m asking because my market is B2B and there can be signoffs needed for any corporate purchases, regardless of amount.

  36. >> does that mean there would be no plans to introduce a time-based free subscription into DAP anytime soon? << Not in the near future as we already have solid plans for SSS for the next couple of releases. We will add it in maybe 6-8 months from now.

  37. Next question: can I create a way for paying subscribers to buy more credits as required to access more content. For example, with a monthly membership, can we allow them to buy an extra say 3 or 4 months worth of credits on top of their normal monthly allowance? This could be useful to buy “back issues” of monthly content.

  38. Kenny,

    I’m very keen to promote this feature as well. Looking forward to the next update already.

    >> It would be really cool if SSS could be made to give store credits to our affiliates for sales generated. I’d like to be able to pay my members with store credits for referring their friends. <<

    Yes, its on our list… it will be part of next SSS update.

  39. Another question: I have two memberships – Gold and Platinum – and am wondering if credits from the Gold could be applied to the purchase of Platinum content? From what I’ve seen, these are two quite separate product lines though?

    Having said that, I have chained the products so that Platinum members also get access to the Gold content. I did this when Gold was free/optin only but am now having to make it a low fee subscription to get the monthly extra credits discussed above. How does “chaining” work with credits, if they are notionally separate products?

    Brian

  40. Glad you guys had this conversation…I had it wrong myself :). Thanks for clarifying all of this, Veena!

  41. >>> Another question: I have two memberships – Gold and Platinum – and am wondering if credits from the Gold could be applied to the purchase of Platinum content? From what I’ve seen, these are two quite separate product lines though?

    I’ve now played with the SSS and can see that all content pieces can be set up to allow cross-purchases.

  42. Kenny,

    >>> It would be really cool if SSS could be made to give store credits to our affiliates for sales generated. I’d like to be able to pay my members with store credits for referring their friends. <> Yes, its on our list… it will be part of next SSS update.

    I could definitely use this right now. Can you provide a rough ETA on the next SSS update?

  43. >> Next question: can I create a way for paying subscribers to buy more credits as required to access more content. For example, with a monthly membership, can we allow them to buy an extra say 3 or 4 months worth of credits on top of their normal monthly allowance? This could be useful to buy “back issues” of monthly content << If you want to allow users (that are already paying monthly for credits) to buy extra credit for 3-4 months, then create a separate master product (that's not recurring) and set the price to match whatever the cost is to buy 3-4 months credit.

  44. So I can’t allow them to nominate a certain variable amount of extra credit eg anything from 1 month to 12 months say. Could I set up a non-recurring master for 1 month then allow them to buy any quantity they want?

  45. Hey Brian and Veena…For the additional credits on a free subscription, rather than having it cost a penny couldn’t you set it to expire every 30 days with a final email in the series that invites them to sign up for more credits (and thus another month in the free product)? There wouldn’t be rollover but they were free anyway.

  46. I was just thinking.. it would be nice if there was a way to stop reoccurring monthly membership fees after a certain period of time.

    I might charge a membership to a program that only lasts six months, and it would be nice to stop billing after that point without having to manually check, since people can sign up at any given point for that program.

  47. >>> I was just thinking.. it would be nice if there was a way to stop reoccurring monthly membership fees after a certain period of time.

    >>> I might charge a membership to a program that only lasts six months, and it would be nice to stop billing after that point without having to manually check, since people can sign up at any given point for that program.

    I agree … there are many uses for a limited term subscription. One example, a training course composed of a fixed number of lessons or installments.

  48. Brian,

    >> So I can’t allow them to nominate a certain variable amount of extra credit eg anything from 1 month to 12 months say. << You can use the Paypal Add-to-cart button to allow users to nominate quantity. The users can purchase multiple copies of the same master product (via add-to-cart) to get access to additional credits.

  49. Channel,

    >> I was just thinking.. it would be nice if there was a way to stop reoccurring monthly membership fees after a certain period of time. << You just need to set the recurring count to limit the recurring payments to say 6 months or 8 months or whatever limit you want. You can set the recurring count in the dap products page for dap generated paypal buttons. For Paypal hosted buttons, you can set button level recurring count/limit.

  50. Thanks Channel 🙂

    Molly,

    >>
    For the additional credits on a free subscription, rather than having it cost a penny couldn’t you set it to expire every 30 days with a final email in the series that invites them to sign up for more credits (and thus another month in the free product)? There wouldn’t be rollover but they were free anyway. << Actually if it's free sign-up, then the user cannot signup for the same product using the same sign-up email. There's no way to make sure the users are signing up once every 30 days and not say multiple times the same day.. so we do not allow multiple sign-ups by the same user to the same product via direct-sign-up.

  51. Thanks Veena for the pace with which you guys come up with new features.

    A small suggestion – Going forward, It would be great if you can list ALL the additions/enhancements/features that you do in a new release, irrespective of how small it is. Just now I got to know from DAP forums that you now support page_style parameter for PayPal with DAP v4.1 Had it not for the forums I would have done my latest launch with no PayPal custom header.

    my $0.02

  52. Thanks Ankur.

    Here’s the forum post:
    http://www.digitalaccesspass.com/forums/threads/192-Generate-Paypal-Button-needs-page_style

    Yes, over the weekend we added support for 3 new fields to the dap generated paypal button.

    1) item_number
    Pass-through variable for you to track product or service purchased or the contribution made. The value you specify is passed back to you upon payment completion.

    Kirk – you had requested this feature. DAP will send whatever value you set in item_number tag in the button code to Paypal and Paypal will return it in the IPN notification. If you have your own IPN handler, you can use the value returned for further processing.

    2) page_style

    The generate button does not include page_style but you can add the page_style tag to the button code generated by DAP and it will get forwarded to Paypal.

    3) cbt
    Sets the text for the Return to Merchant button on the PayPal Payment Complete page.

    The generate button does not include cbt but you can add the cbt tag to the button code generated by DAP and it will get forwarded to Paypal.

  53. Thanks Veena, and of course Ravi …

    Having the Item number in the IPN will offer a lot of flexibility for me. Iam flabbergasted that you slipped it in so fast.

    How the Sam Hill do you two get so much done? I am really impressed with the way you support this thing. It is one helluva difference between DAP and the script(s) I previously used or tested (about a dozen of them if my membory is correct). None of them had the features, the stability and the support that DAP does.

    XOXOXOXOOX,
    Kirk

  54. Thanks Ravi, and of course Veens,

    Just thought I’d be an equal opportunity “Thanker,” and put Ravi’s name first in a “Thanks” message. LOL

    And of course, the obligatory hugs and kisses.

    XOXOXOXOOX,
    Kirk

  55. Veena,

    Thanks. page_style is working fine but couldn’t make cbt to work.

    I wrote this in the button code but while testing using PP Sandbox didn’t get the text “CLICK HERE To Access Content!” All I got was Returning to Test Store. Am I missing something here?

  56. oh WP chopped off the HTML in my above comment ..here I am writing it again (removing angular brackets) …

    input type=”hidden” name=”cbt” value=”CLICK HERE To Access Content!”

  57. hi,

    I am trying to configure SSS .

    i have a membership website where we sale videos , articles, reports etc . its a recurring monthly cost membership.

    we have more then 1000 products in it . now i want to assign SSS so members can get credits every month and they can decide which products they want access to it. now as per your tutorial we need a master product and child product . how can i create 1000 child product ? its not possible .

    is there any way i can assign credits to the main product and then assign credit for each product and they can use that credits to use that product every month.

  58. Keyur,
    We will be adding a feature where users will be able to redeem credits at content level instead of an entire product level. Hopefully this feature will make it to the next release of SSS.

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