Group Buying Site Plugin v1.9 & Theme v1.5 Released
Group Buying Site’s development team has been doing a terrific job of cranking out new social buying features and expanding the functionality of GBS. Our social ecommerce solution for businesses allows you to quickly and easily launch your own white label group buying website or integrate daily deals software into your existing WordPress based site. We’re very excited about the great features and expanded business opportunities this newest release offers for GBS members. What’s more, we have a plethora of other feature-rich improvements already in development for GBS 2.0! For now, however, take time to enjoy the updates for the GBS v1.9 plugin and v1.5 theme. Oh, and if you haven’t already done so, join us in becoming a GBS member today!
At first glance, giving away products or services for free seems like a disastrous idea. However, a free deal can be used in a variety of ways that still benefits you as the merchant. Keep in mind that in order to obtain the free deal, the visitor must register. If used efficiently, you can easily acquire new customers at a very reasonable cost. Below we’ve created a list of ideas on how you can take advantage of the free deals feature that’s now available.
- Give free versions/trials of your products or services in exchange for site registration or subscription to your email list
- Run a contest for one free iPad and randomly select the winner
- Provide a product or service discount code that’s contained on the voucher. Combine this with an affiliate offer to generate additional revenue.
Assign Custom Prefixes To Deal Voucher IDs
This feature permits you to set a custom prefix for the voucher identification numbers that are generated for a specific deal. We’ve also added the option to have identification numbers generated in random or sequential order. This feature can be used to set a custom prefix for each merchant partner that offers a deal through your group buying website. There’s even an option to assign no voucher identification numbers should you find it necessary.
Custom Front Page
GBS v1.9 is now compatible with overriding the default homepage for the Group Buying Theme. Instead of using the default homepage with the MailChimp sign-up form, you can substitute it for any WP page. For instance, you many want to serve a different page before launching your site or you may want to insert a different email subscription form. Now you can do both quite easily as well as modify the design of that page using some HTML.
Full-Width Page Template
Some pages require extra space that’s not permitted when a sidebar is in use on your GBS theme. To accommodate this need, we’ve added a full-width page template so you can easily override the default page settings. This may come in handy for example if you’d like to include some large graphics on your How It Works page.
Select Currency & Symbol
You can now set the currency symbol and select from over 20 different currencies for PayPal Standard and 15 currencies from the PayPal Website Payments Pro payment gateway option. During this update, the checkout form was upgraded to accommodate Canadian provinces. Multiple currencies and symbols are supported for the Authorize.net integration as well.
Set Referral Cookie Lifetime
Per our members’ requests, we’ve added more control to the referral credits system so the admin can easily set the lifetime of the cookie. This setting can be accessed via the group buying setting page. Simply enter the numerical value for the lifetime of the cookie and hit the save button.
Selecting this new option from the group buying settings attempts to force SSL on purchase URLs.
We’ve localized the plugins and the GBS parent theme so you can now translate them into any preferred language.
More Registration & Login Options
We’ve made GBS compatible with Gigya’s Socialize plugin so users can easily login using popular social networking services like Facebook and Twitter. With over 15 different online services to choose from, this single sign-on solution makes it much easier for new visitors to quickly register on your daily deals website and start buying deals. We’ve added the styling to the Group Buying Theme so all you need to do is activate the plugin and it will work.
Constant Contact Integration
MailChimp’s email subscription form is integrated into the Group Buying Theme by default and it has been the only option up to this point. With the release of the v1.5 GBS parent theme however, members can now choose to serve deal notification emails from Constant Contact or MailChimp. Stay tuned for more email marketing services to be integrated with GBS in upcoming releases.
New Management Section
This includes the ability manually end deals in case there is ever a server interruption. Doing so will also display any errors that the process encountered.
GBS 2.0 is already in the works with many more cool features in development. If we don’t offer a feature you need in this release or the next, we can easily build it for you. Just let us know and we’ll get you a quote to deliver it as soon as possible. Should you need a custom theme for your new or existing site, no worries, we’ve got you covered there too. To inquire about custom development work, just send us an email. If you’d like to be notified of new updates and offers from Group Buying Site, sign-up for our newsletter or become a GBS member today!