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Product types

The user creating a new product in DJ-Catalog2 can determine whether the product is tangible, virtual, or a subscription.

This choice affects the purchase process.

To set the new product type, you need to open the DJ-Catalog2 component, go to "Products," and choose "New".

These settings are available in the commerce tab:

  • Tangible products - require shipment method to be selected
  • Bundle - is a special type of product that groups other products. A bundle product will remain as one product until it is purchased, and what that happens it will be replaced with actual products that are included, in the order summary.
  • Virtual products - gives access to product attachments only when user purchases given product. Shipment is not required in this case.
  • Subscriptions - are similar to virtual products except they only trigger special event to which custom ingerations can be implemented. Subscription duration can be limited to specified period of time.
    Hybrid - combines a features of tangible product (can be physically delivered) and virtual

Tangible product

A tangible product is a physically existing product whose purchase is associated with a delivery service.

Virtual product

Setting the virtual product allows dealing with paid downloads, which are available in the attachments tab.
If the product has defined attachments and is marked as the virtual one, all its attachments are available only if they purchase the product.
During the purchase, a list of all files related to virtual files from a given order appears in the payment information at the bottom of the table.
Attempt to download by an unauthorized person ends with a message - that this file is available for purchase and required payment.

Also, there is information on the product's page (above the list of attachments) - "here you can find the product."

Subscription

With the "subscription" product type, you can sell access to any extensions that operate with ACL.
The basic scenario is that you can sell access to the category of articles that are meant to be visible only to the particular Joomla user group.
You can, for example, have the "subscribers" user group in Joomla. Only users within this user group can see the articles in this category.
You can set the subscription product in DJ-Catalog2 and sell access for 1 month. Once the user purchases this product, he will automatically be assigned to the "subscribers" user group. After a month user will be removed from the "subscribers" user group and will lose access to the category of articles with this user group permissions.
Following this scenario, you can sell subscription access to any 3rd party extensions that operate with Joomla! ACL.

When editing a subscription-type product, you can specify how many days it is valid; you can also select the user group to which the user will be assigned after the subscription purchase.

If someone purchases a subscription, he gets access to a specific section - for example, the subscribers section where a single user may have access to certain places on the site (e.g., articles).

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