Simba Plugins Updates / Licensing / Renewals Manager FAQs

Simba Plugin Updates/Licensing/Renewal Manager

Where can I get the free WooCommerce connector?

The free WooCommerce connector can be obtained from the wordpress.org plugins directory. Search for “Simba plugins manager WooCommerce connector”.

How do I connect a WooCommerce product to a plugin, so that licences are automatically created and renewed?

In WooCommerce, edit the product.

Add two custom fields:

  1. simbamanager_key : the value of this should equal your plugin slug (i.e. the slug of the plugin you are selling), followed by a colon, followed by the word all, followed by a colon, followed by how many months you wish a purchase to create a valid licence for (e.g. 12, for 1 year – or -1 for unlimited). (If you are using plugins with built-in add-ons (an expert feature), the “all” can be modified to indicate the specific add-on for the plugin).
  2. simbamanager_licences : this is optional, and is used to indicate how many licences this purchase is for (default: 1). For a variable product, you instead enter a comma-separated list of variation IDs followed by a colon, followed by the number of licences for each variation.

Here is an example (of the entry for this product itself, in our shop):

Editing WooCommerce product custom fields

Where do I get the plugin updater class and instructions and how to use it?

For the code to add to your own plugins, to connect them back to your updates server (i.e. your WordPress install that has the Simba Plugins Manager installed on it), follow this link to the Github project.

Does the plugin keep a count of downloads?

Yes; these are counted and stored by plugin and by day.