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BenSheppard says

Sorry if the title is a big vague, couldn’t really think of a correct title.

I’ve been working on a support solution for a few weeks now, it’s currently still in alpha, but I’m curious if I should keep going? Does you feel there needs to be a simple way to support your items?

The idea behind it was to save as much time as possible for authors, buyers could post bugs and others could agree to show the scale of the issue, if many buyers posted the same bug the author could combine them all into one bug to save space and clutter.

There is still a lot to do, I’m mainly working on the functionality right now, but I’d love to hear from you if there needs to be an easy way to give support to your buyers.

I know many people already have means and ways to give support with forums and such, but is that too much maintenance?

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dtbaker Volunteer moderator says

I useto have a support forum a few years ago based on Vanilla, but it got out of hand with spam and it was too hard to manage, so I closed it down and just offered email support. Now I’m starting up a forum again for each item.

This is a forum created recently with WordPress + bbPress plugin + bbPress Support Forum Plugin + a few tweaks.

Having a support forum is good, sometimes others help eachother, and people can find solutions to past problems.

The biggest problem is trying to get people to use the forum, rather than emailing you directly or posting a comment on the item page. But more of the time it works.

Good luck!

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BenSheppard says

I imagine no matter what solution you have it might still be hard to make people use it instead of emailing you.

The way I was building it was kind of like a feed, so if a buyer had 100 themes they could see recently updated news from the themes they had bought, such as a bug had been fixed, or a later version had been uploaded etc

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michaeldale says

I have a support forum + ticket system + app registration. It works very well.

The way I get people to use it is simple. I have over 50% of my buyers registered on the portal.

How? I give away a couple of free plugins and access to beta versions via the support portal.

You must also be registered to get automatic updates within the application.

People like free stuff :D

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TNL3542 says

im also useing a ticket support system.. working on creating departments as we speak :)

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PaulWinslow says

Just try a ready-out-of-the-box service like Ticksy (https://www.ticksy.com/) or TenderApp (http://tenderapp.com/)

Both of these are quite popular even for authors who pull big, big numbers.

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Marvidude says

Hi Guys. How you all doin, i am currently supporting ThemePunch and ThunderBuddies via ticksy since a few months. What do you guys think about ticksy ? . Is a support forum a better option for a support person ? .

-Tahir

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TNL3542 says

ticksy is ok.. their are alot of free support software you can download on the internet. i have a support system.. it comes with free live chat.. also im in the process of finding me a forum that i can download and install on my server

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organicbee says

Thats actually why I wrote Verifi(theres also a few other options)

Originally part of the reason I haven’t written straight bbpress integration is because I though there could be a better system that may need to be custom. Once I add multiple purchase code verification to it, plans are to build an extension for bbpress

But I put up a quick bbpress install with a default theme just so I’d be able to support with on a forum, Ive been updating backend stuff with bbpress there are some really great extensions for it that make a support forum way better.

I’m also changing my support model a little bit which is why Ive decided to keep bbpress.

Pippin has a great article on using bbpress as a support forum

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BTOA says

Emails can get a bit out of hand.

I’m all for a support board with a verification code so only purchasers can sign up and post. Besides having a knowledge base itself, users can help each other out.

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