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This article contains everything you must know about the pricing plan feature and it’s broken down into the following topics.

  1. What are the Pricing Plans
  2. How to create a Pricing Plan
  3. How to choose different Pricing Plans styles
  4. How can a user change the Pricing Plan
  5. How can an admin change a Pricing Plan
  6. How to enable recurring (subscription) payments
  7. How to create the category-based pricing plans
  8. How to create monthly and annual pricing plans

1. What are the Pricing Plans

Pricing Plans is one of the core directory features which allows directory admins to monetize by charging business owners a one-time fee or a recurring fee. It also allows the Free Plan option for a limited time or unlimited time. As an admin, you can let a Free pricing plan expire which will automatically unpublish a listing and a user will need to pay and upgrade to a premium plan in order for the listing to be published.


 

2. How to create a Pricing Plan

1 – Enable Pricing Plan Option

Before you create a plan you need to first enable the pricing plan option under Themes Options.

Go to Theme Options > Payment > General and next to Paid Submission select YES from drop-down and Save.

2 – Add a New Pricing Plan

Go to WordPress Admin and from left click Add New Price Plans under Pricing Plans.

Title: Give a suitable title (example: Free, Premium, or Professional)

General Options

Background Image: Only available for styles Vertical View 1, 2, 3 and Horizontal View 1)

 

Add More: Add as many custom fields you want to display in a Pricing Plan (example: My New Option 1). They will all be added towards the end of the list of options.

Backend View

 

frontend View

 

Enable/Disable Listing Fields By Plan

In almost all cases when creating pricing plans you will have to make sure that each pricing plan is unique. For example, if a Free Pricing plan only allows basic contact information to be submitted by a user then the Premium Pricing Plan offers advanced features like Booking or Events and so on.

As an admin, you will have full control in defining each plan to suit your business directory need.

Package Type

There are two types of Pricing Plans.

a. PAY PER LISTINGS

If you select Pay Per Listing when creating a pricing plan then during listing submission a user (example: Listing owner) will only pay for ONE single listing and can create ONE listing.

b. PACKAGE (Credits)

If you select Package when creating a pricing plan then during listing submission a user (example: Listing owner) will pay for multiple credits. The limit is set by an admin (example: 5 listings per pricing plan). Users can add new listings until they run out of credits.

How does it show the number of credits in a package?

The credit (example: 5) set by an admin is shown in the pricing plan during the front-end listing submission process, as shown in the figure below.)

 

Descriptions

This short description option only works with a few pricing plan styles (Vertical View 2 and 3).

Background Color

The background color option only works with a few pricing plan styles (Vertical View 1, 3, and Horizontal View 1).

Set Image Gallery Limit

As an admin decide what should be the images upload limit. There is an option for both the number of images and the size of each image. In the below example the user can only upload up to 5 images and each image must be 1 MB maximum.

Set Price

The plan can be either a FREE or a PAID plan. If it’s free then skip and leave it blank. If it’s a paid plan then enter a number (example: 99) and do not include any currency symbol.

Set Duration

Set the value in the number of Days Only.

Examples:
7 = 1 Week
30 = 1 Month
365 = 1 Year

 

Allow continuing Free Plan after it expires

Check if you want users to continue with a FREE plan after the Free plan expires. Once their plan expires they can go to their dashboard and select Change Plan and select the FREE plan from the list.

 

 

Set it as Hot Plan

If you enable this option a text or icon banner will be added to the plan to highlight the plan.


 

3. How to choose different Pricing Plan styles

To choose Pricing Plan styles, go to the pricing plan page and edit the page with a Page Builder (Elementor or WPBakery) and select various different available styles.

1. ELEMENTOR PAGE BUILDER

Go to the WordPress backend > Pages and click Edit with Elementor (or Edit with WPBakery)

Select the pricing plan element on the page, then choose an orientation (vertical or horizontal) and a style.

 

WPBAKERY PAGE BUILDER

 

STEP 1: Login to WordPress admin dashboard.

STEP 2: Go to Pages > Select Your Plan page.

STEP 3: Find WP Bakery element called Pricing Plans and click Edit icon as shown below.

STEP 4: Select a Pricing Plans style.

STEP 5: Click Save Changes

STEP 6: Click Update

 


 

4. How can a user change the Pricing Plan

 

Suppose you have two pricing plans, one is Plan A ($10) and the other is Plan B ($30). If a user wants to change and upgrade their plan from $10 to $30 to avail more features, the user must follow these instructions:

STEP 1: Go to frontend user dashboard > Listings, and select  Change Plan

Once the user clicks on the change plan, it will show the details of the currently active plan.

STEP 2: To change the plan click Proceed Here

When upgrading any plan, the user has to pay the full amount.

If a user has bought the Plan A for $10 and wants to upgrade to Plan B for $30, they will be charged $30, and this will be processed as a separate transaction. The previously charged $10 (before changing the plan) will not be adjusted automatically, so they will have to pay the full amount of $30.


 

5. How can an admin change a Pricing Plan

This needs to be done from the backend. But when adding or editing a listing from backend you won’t have an option to select a pricing plan. The good news is that the option is there but it’s hidden so only who needs it and understands the consequences of changing this setting must enable it.

STEP 1: Go to wp-content\themes\listingpro\assets\css\admin-style.css

STEP 2: Scroll down to line 765

STEP 3: Hide or remove the following CSS.

 tr#Plan_id {display:none}

To temporarily enable this feature simply add /* before and */ at the end. See below for example.

/* tr#Plan_id {display:none} */

STEP 4:
Go to any listing and verify the Pricing Plans option is available.

STEP 5: Select an appropriate plan and Save.

 


 

6. How to enable recurring (subscription) payments

Recurring (Subscription) payment option only works with Stripe, PayPal, and PayStack.

To enable & manage recurring billing based subscription in ListingPro please follow the below steps:

  1. FOR ADMIN: Enabling Recurring Billing
  2. FOR ADMIN: Listing Subscription Management
  3. FOR LISTING OWNER: Listing Subscription Management

FOR ADMIN: Enabling Recurring Billing

Before enabling recurring option you have to create a paid pricing plan. 

STEP 1: Go to Dashboard > Pricing Plans > Add New Price Plan

STEP 2: Create a new price plan and choose Select Package Type > Pay Per Listing while creating the price plan.

 

It is applicable for Pay Per Listing type only. So it’s required to choose ”Pay Per Listing” as the type of price plan. Otherwise, the recurring option will not be visible on the checkout page.

STEP 3: Make sure the Price and Duration are set correctly.

Setting a Price

The plan cannot be a FREE, it must be a PAID plan. Enter a number (example: 99) and do not include any currency symbol.

Setting a Duration

Set the value in the number of Days Only.

Examples:
7 = 1 Week
30 = 1 Month
90 = 3 Months
365 = 1 Year

 

STEP 4: Complete rest of the options and click Publish

STEP 5: Now enable recurring option from Theme Options > Payment Settings > General > Enable Recurring Payment > Yes

STEP 6: Enter the number of days inside of the Notify User Before box. The user will be notified of every recurring billing amount before being charged prior to the number of days.

 

 

STEP 7: Go to Theme Options > Payment Settings > Stripe Settings and enable stripe as Live mode. Insert Stripe Live Secret Key and Live Publishable Key.

 

 
To generate the Stripe API Key please check the following article: How to Generate Stripe API Keys

If everything is configured correctly then recurring billing option will be visible as per the screenshot is given below:
 
 

FOR ADMIN: Listing Subscriptions Management

When a user will use Stripe payment method with the recurring option and processed transaction successfully, a generated invoice will be sent to the user email. Transaction details will be available in the backend Subscriptions page. Admin can manage subscriptions from there.

 

Recurring billing subscriptions will only happen if the recurring option is checked during the listing subscription with payment.

 

FOR USER: Listing Subscriptions Management

If a user has a subscription, it will be shown on the user dashboard under “My Subscriptions” tab. There will be available a list of all active subscriptions running by the user. A customer can stop subscriptions from their dashboard. Admin has also the power to cancel subscriptions of any user at any time through the admin panel.

To manage subscriptions:

STEP 1: Go to frontend user Dashboard > My Subscriptions

STEP 2: Refer to the Action column and click Unsubscribe.

 

To cancel any subscription, firstly it’s required to unsubscribe it from your dashboard before removing subscriptions from stripe account.

 

 

Recurring option is not available for ad campaigns. Because it’s optional to activate ads after a period, but listings have to renew after a period.
For claims, no payment methods are involved yet, but for package upgrades/change invoices are generated. Please keep in mind that in the admin panel, it will only show those subscriptions which are paid by users through that particular site.

 


How to create the category-based pricing plans

Category based pricing plans give a lot more control over how to monetize by charging a single category or a group of categories at a different price than the rest. It basically breaks it into Standard and Exclusive plans.

Activation

Go to Theme Options > Pricing Plan and enable Category Specific Plans feature.

 

Configuration

Add or edit a pricing plan and now a new option called Plan Usage will be available with General as the default settings. From the drop-down menu select By Category

Select one or multiple categories and Save.

 

Verifying

Go to the pricing plan page. An option to switch between all Standard Plans and Exclusive Plans will be now available.

Switch to Exclusive tab and select a category (example: Automotive) to only show the plans associated with that category.

 


How to create monthly and annual pricing plans

By offering monthly and annual pricing plans you increase chances of conversion by offering them a discount on annual pricing plan which helps with customers retention.

Activation

Go to Theme Options > Pricing Plan and enable Monthly & Annual Based Price Plans feature.

Configuration

Now a new option called Duration Type will be available with the following options from the drop-down: Default, Monthly, and Yearly.

You will have to create two plans with the same name for example Startup but for one of the plans add an asterisk to differentiate. For example, the Monthly plan will be Startup and the Annual plan will by Startup* (with asterisk) to avoid any confusion.

From the drop-down menu select Monthly or Yearly.

Give a price to monthly and annual plans. It’s recommended to give a discount on the annual plan. For example if monthly pricing plan is $10 then the annual pricing plan should be $100 and not $120. This is just a suggestion you can set the price as you wish.

Now Save.

 

Test by adding a new plan and you will see the monthly and annual switch.

 

 

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