I am trying to create a site with two options,
one a free option, one a paid for option.
The free option has a basic theme, the paid for option has a prmeium theme and is fully populated with plugins / example data etc.
There is a free trial period for the premium theme.
At first glance, you would think pro-sites combined with 'template sites' can do this, but I have discovered this is not so.
1. if you set a free trail, the option to that a 'free' level gets shut off
2. if you uses template sites, giving a selection of two at sign-up
2a) with a free level enabled (no free trial) the selection of the premium theme simply 'gives it away'
2b) with a free TRIAL the selection of the 'free' theme results in a request for payment for the free theme after the trail ends (as with free trial there is NO free level)
3. If you used the pro-site option at sign-up to offer 'upgrade or free'
3a) with free trail turned on, this just doesn't work - as the free option is turned off, if you set 'free' you acutally get a free trail (sames as selecting upgrade)
3b) with free trial turned OFF, this works, but template site only has ONE default, so if you set the default to be the 'free' template you get that whether you want it or want teh paid one, and you get no free trial.
So what seems fairly basic requirements, offer a free site or a free trail of a premium site, with one click at signup, doen't seem possible.
Have I missed something?
What I am thinking is with some tweaks it might be able to make it work as I want.
Something along teh lines of modifying 'pay per blog' to not shut down the free option, and to add a speccific blog_option to the free / and or premium themes' so that logic an be appiled
Obviously, I would need to start tweaking prosites - so before I do that I would like some input / thoughts