Configuring the Try and Buy Mode for Potential Customers
Acquire potential hosting customers with Presence Builder by giving them a link to Presence Builder in the Try and Buy mode. After your customers follow this link, create a site, and try to publish it, Plesk forwards them to the default online store of Business Manager. In the store, customers choose a plan with Presence Builder and subscribe to it. The subscription automatically includes the newly created site. On completing the billing and subscription setup routines, the customers become owners of the site and can publish it. You are free to block access to the trial mode URL and thereby make Presence Builder unavailable.
To offer the Try and Buy mode to potential customers, do the following:
- Prepare the default online store in Business Manager to display Presence Builder-compatible plans.
This step requires a cosmetic update: Make sure that all plans available to potential customers include at least one Presence Builder site. By default, customers see the plans from the default online store. For each of these plans, go to plan properties and check that the value of item Sites published with Presence Builder is not 0. If a plan includes 0 sites, your customers will not be able to publish them after subscribing to such a plan.
- Enable the Try and Buy mode in the Server Administration Panel.
This allows customers to launch Presence Builder by following the trial mode access URL. In the Server Administration Panel, go to Tools & Settings > Try and Buy Mode Settings, and ensure that the Enable public access to trial mode checkbox is selected.
- Obtain the trial mode access URL and put it on your website to advertise hosting with Presence Builder and attract customers.
The trial mode access URL is also available on the Presence Builder settings page.
- (Optionally) Configure lifetime of trial sites.
On the same page you can optionally specify how often to remove unclaimed sites.
- (Optionally) Forward customers to a separate online store. This is relevant when you want to display a separate list of plans to potential customers who want hosting with Presence Builder.
If you wish to have a separate store for the trial offering, extend the trial mode access URL with a store ID to point to a particular store. The syntax of the new URL is: <existing URL>&storeId=<custom store ID>. To control the plans list view, independently add a widget ID to the URL. The syntax of the new URL is: <existing URL>&widgetId=<custom widget ID>.
Note: The store and widget IDs must exist in Business Manager.
Once you complete these steps, your potential customers will be able to create trial sites and acquire them. To block this feature, deselect access to the Try and Buy mode on the mode settings page.