Ad Packs, Memberships and Coupons functionality not clear
I am prepared to do some Ad Pack testing on my Classipress site but after reading some of the threads here I would first like to know if some issues identified in version 3.1.8 have been rectified.
I would like to "Allow Ad Relisting" under General Settings > Listings, because I like the idea of my client being prompted to relist with a link in their email.
I also wish to offer a Membership Package called "Single Ad Membership" which is always free, but ads are free only for the first listing (ie: first year), by setting a this Membership Package to "% Discounted Price" of 100% and later switching it to "% Discounted Price" of 0% (membership is still free).
So firstly I want to be sure that discounts applied in Membership Packages are not considered "original terms of the ad" when it comes time to renew. As I understand it "Original terms of the ad" should pertain to the Ad Packs and not Membership Packs. Am I right?
To "keep things simple" I have just one Ad Pack. The price is $19.95 for 365 days, but I have two membership packs.
Member Pack 1 is as above, Member Pack 2 is called "Multi Ads Membership", costs $32.95 and applies a static price of $10.95 per listing with the first three listings included in the $32.95 membership (via a 3 listing coupon).
My concern here is that there are unresolved forum threads from as recent as May 2012 stating that Coupons do not work (ie: 1. they do not expire and 2. remain active when set to inactive). The mod stated that dev version had been updated but I have found nothing to confirm that 3.1.9 fixes these issues.
I have read all the Appthemes docs on Ad Packs, Member Packs and Coupons (unimpressive) and I feel as though I am doing a whole lot of guesswork before I begin to test. My set up is uncomplicated but I would really like to be sure that 1. I am doing it right and 2. that the system is not going to let me down.
Another thing, would someone kindly confirm that an email is sent out to members who's membership has expired as this was also mentioned in a previous thread. I too have had a look in theme-emails.php and there is no expiring membership email. Activating this feature in the admin area felt pretty good at the time though.
Thanks for reading. I am really hoping that someone here can provide me with the assurance that I am just "worrying too much".