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Premium subscriptions Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are premium subscriptions?

  2. What premium services are available?

    No advertising

    Featured PHP professional

    Recorded searches

    Notable packages

    PHP specialists forums

    Premium user benefits comparison table

  3. How much do premium subscriptions cost?

  4. How can I buy a premium subscription?

  5. How can I pay for premium subscriptions?

  6. Is it secure to use Paypal?

  7. Do I need a Paypal account to pay with a credit card?

  8. How can I ask more questions about the premium subscriptions?


  1. What are premium subscriptions?

    Premium subscriptions consist of a package of paid services available exclusively to premium subscribers.

  2. What premium services are available?

    Currently the site offers a few services to premium subscribers. More services will be made available in the future and will be added to the existing subscriptions, for no extra cost.

    No advertising

    Advertising can cause delays to the page loading and can distract users, so premium subscribers can access the site without any advertising in the pages.

    Site newsletters also do not have any advertising in them.

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    Featured PHP professional

    The PHP Classes site has a directory that lists PHP professionals available for hiring. Potential employers can browse the directory to find skilled professionals and hire them to work in their businesses.

    Getting listed in the PHP professionals directory is free. However, premium subscribers have several benefits.

    One of the benefits is that premium subscribers appear first in the listings of professionals, before all other non-premium subscribers.

    Premium PHP professionals also appear marked with a special icon in the maps of professionals displayed in the directory pages.

    Another benefit is that premium PHP professionals can expose their contact details like their e-mail addresses, business page URLs, phone numbers, etc..

    Non-premium PHP professionals appear with their names and contact details obfuscated. Potential employers that want to hire them have to be premium subscribers to get the contact details of non-premium PHP professionals.

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    Recorded searches

    Premium subscribers may tell the site to record one or more searches for later playback. The site records the search options and the search result pages.

    Recorded searches can be replayed periodically every day or just once a week.

    When a recorded search returns new pages that did not appear in the last time the search was replayed, the site sends a message to the user telling him about the new search result pages.

    This way the premium users can keep track of new content about topics of their own interest without having to keep coming to the site searching for those topics manually.

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    Notable packages

    Whenever a package that does something especial is published, a site moderator flags it as notable. Moderators will also add a comment explaining why each package was considered notable.

    Premium subscribers can receive e-mail alerts whenever a package was flagged as notable. The latest notable packages also appear listed on the site home page for premium subscribers.

    This way premium subscribers can keep up to date regarding which are the hot packages in the site without having to visit it so often.

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    PHP specialists forums

    Premium subscribers have access to exclusive forums where they can post questions about difficult PHP problems.

    Premium subscribers may also act as specialist PHP developers and reply to those questions giving qualified advice to other users.

    Optionally, the site can advertise that a premium subscriber is available to provide paid consulting off the site to other site users needing help from qualified professionals.

    This way premium subscribers can get more clients and sell them consulting services.

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    Premium user benefits comparison table

    Premium userRegular user
    Get PHP job offers before other usersYes, premium subscribers can see and apply to non-urgent job offers before regular users.No, users may need to wait days or weeks until they can see and apply to job offers, if they are still available
    Post PHP jobs with discountYes, can post jobs paying a discounted value over the price for regular usersNo
    See advertisingNoSee advertising in the site pages and newsletters. Advertising causes page loading delays and may distract the users.
    Expose contacts in the PHP professionals directoryYes, premium user contacts may be exposed to everybodyExpose contacts only to other users that are premium subscribers
    Recorded searchesYes, premium subscribers can tell the site to record search keywords about topics of their interest. Recorded searches are repeated regularly. Newly found results are notified by e-mail.No
    Receive notable packages notificationsYes, a site moderator reviews the approved packages and adds a comment when a package that does something special is published. Premium subscribers may get e-mail notifications when a notable package is reviewed.No
    Can ask difficult questions in PHP specialist forumsYes, premium subscribers can ask questions in PHP specialist forums about problems that may be hard to solve. Other premium subscribers may also answer those questions and offer themselves to provide paid consultancy services.No
  3. How much do premium subscriptions cost?

    Premium subscriptions cost a small fee of USD $5 a month if paid for 3 months, or USD $4 a month if paid annually.

  4. How can I buy a premium subscription?

    You can buy a premium subscription in the PHP Classes site shopping pages. You must already be a regular subscriber of the site to buy a premium subscription.

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  5. How can I pay for premium subscriptions?

    Currently, you can pay using your Paypal account if you have one, or using your credit card.

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  6. Is it secure to use Paypal?

    Absolutely. Paypal is the most popular Internet payment gateway.

    When you pay for a subscription using Paypal, your credit card number and other sensitive financial information is only kept at Paypal. That information is not passed back to the PHP Classes site.

    In the worst case scenario, if somebody breaks into the PHP Classes site, nobody will get your credit card details because the site does not have them.

  7. Do I need a Paypal account to pay with a credit card?

    No, currently you are redirected to Paypal even when you want to pay using a credit card. However, you do not need to have or create a Paypal account.

    In the Paypal payment page just use the link below Paypal login form that says "Use your credit card or bank account (where available)" and fill the payment form to enter your credit card details.

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  8. How can I ask more questions about the premium subscriptions?

    Please use the contact link that appears at the bottom of all site pages, so you can learn how to send a message asking your questions.