Plugin Settings

This article provides an overview of the plugin settings (Affiliates > Settings > MLA).

Main Settings Overview

This section provides a brief overview of the plugin’s main settings.

General Settings

Enable MLA – This setting will enable or disable all plugin features other than the settings page.

Integrations

Enable Recurring Referrals – This setting will enable integration with the Recurring Referrals add-on allowing multi level commissions to be awarded on recurring payments. It will only be displayed if you have the Recurring Referrals add-on installed and is disabled by default.

Chart Settings

The chart settings control the look and function of the network charts on both the front end and admin area. MLA’s charts offer a pan and zoom feature that allows the user to move or zoom the chart with their mouse. This allows the user to focus in on any region of the chart.

Enable Pan by Default – The chart’s pan feature will be enabled by default when the chart loads. If this is unchecked, the user can still enable it should they choose.

Enable Zoom by Default – The chart’s zoom feature will be enabled by default when the chart loads. If this is unchecked, the user can still enable it should they choose.

Number of Levels to Display – This determines how many network levels are displayed on the chart. It has no bearing on the actual number of levels that commission is paid on.

See the Network Charts article in the features explained section for detailed information on the charting system and how to easily customize them.

Dashboard tabs

The dashboard tab settings determine what content is displayed in the AffiliateWP dashboard (front end). It’s possible to enable up to 3 dashboard tabs and each tab can be configured to display between 1 and 4 content sections. 

Enable Dashboard Tab – This setting enables the tab. Once checked, the tab will be displayed on the dashboard.

Tab Title – This will determine the tab’s title on the dashboard.

Tab Features – Select up to 4 content sections to be displayed on the relevent tab.

Tabs and sections can also be displayed using shortcodes if you prefer this method. See the Affiliate Area article for detailed information on how to configure your Affiliate Area.

Matrix Settings Overview

This section provides a brief overview of the plugin’s matrix settings. These are the settings that determine your affiliate’s network structure and commissions.

Network Structure Settings

These settings determine how affiliate’s will be placed within the network when they register.

Default Parent Affiliate – If an affiliate registers and a parent cannot be determined (was not referred by another affiliate), they will be placed under the default parent affiliate. If this setting is left blank and the registering affiliate has no referrer, they will be considered a top level affiliate.

Max Width – Set a maximum number of first level sub-affiliates that any affiliate can obtain. Once their maximum is hit, any new sub-affiliates will not be placed within their network unless the ‘Allow Spillover’ setting is checked. Leave empty for unlimited width.

Allow Spillover – This setting only applies when a maximum width is set. If the referrer (parent) has hit their maximum width, the registering affiliate will still be placed within their network but their parent will be set as the first available sub-affiliate (down-line) who is still within their maximum width. It essentially passes new affiliates down-line to fill the network.

Commission Settings

These settings determine the commissions that are paid to your affiliates. 

Direct Referral Mode – By default, the referrer (parent) receives the commission configured in this section’s ‘Per Level Rate Values’ (level 1 value). This setting (when disabled is selected) allows the referrer to be awarded a commission that’s determined by the main AffiliateWP plugin and/or other add-ons.

MLA will only be responsible for levels 2 and higher when this setting is set to disabled.

Payment Levels – This setting determines how many levels commission is paid on for each sale.

Rate Type – The method of calculating the commissions. Options are as follows;

  • Site Default – Use the method set in AffiliateWp’s main settings.
  • Percentage – Pay a percentage of the order total.
  • Flat – Pay a flat rate amount regardless of the order total.

Per Level Rate Values – These settings determine the amout of commission paid for each level. Based on the screenshot above, level one (the referrer) will be awarded 10%, level two awarded 9%, level three awarded 8% and level four awarded 7%. If the ‘Rate Type’ was set to flat, the commissions would be $10, $9, $8, $7 for the respective levels.

For detailed information on how these settings are actually applied, see the Multi Level Commissions article.

Team Leader Settings

The Team Leader feature overs a way to award a bonus commission to any affiliate set as a Team Leader (on their profile).

Team Leader Referral Mode – This determines when a leader will be entitled to a bonus based on their possision in the network. If this setting is disabled, Team Leaders will still recieve their standard commission if they are entitled to it. Options are as follows;

  • Disabled – Team leaders will not recieve any bonus commission.
  • Enabled – Within Payment Levels Only – Team Leaders will only receieve a bonus if they are inside the standard payment levels.
  • Enabled – Outside Payment Levels Allowed – Team Leaders will recieve a bonus even if they are outside the standard payment levels.

Rate Type – The method of calculating the Team Leader commissions. Options are as follows;

  • Site Default – Use the method set in AffiliateWp’s main settings.
  • Percentage – Pay a percentage of the order total.
  • Percentage Remainder – Calculate the total commission payable to the standard multi level affilates and pay the remaining amount to the ‘Team Leader’. See an example at the bottom of this page
  • Flat – Pay a flat rate amount regardless of the order total.

Rate Value – The value applied to the ‘Rate Type’ when calculating the commission amounts.

Award single commission only (when inside payment levels) – If a Team leader is within the standard payment levels, they will be entitled to the standard multi level commission as well as their ‘Team Leader’ bonus (2 commissions generated). If this setting is enabled, the team leader will only recieve one commission (the bonus amount).

Use per level rate if higher (when inside payment levels and single commission is enabled) – Following on from the previous setting, if the Team leader is within the standard payment levels and is set to only receive a single commission, this setting compares the bonus amount to the standard multi level commission they would otherwise earn. If the standard amount is higher than the bonus amount, the standard amount will be awarded instead. It awards the higher of the two amounts when single commission mode is enabled.

Super Team Leader Settings

The ‘Super Team Leader’ feature offers idential functionality as the ‘Team Leader’ feature (with one exception). It awards a bonus to any affiliate set as a ‘Super Team Leader’.

All ‘Super Team Leader’ settings are identical to the ‘Team Leader’ settings with one exception. When the ‘Rate Type’ is set to ‘Percentage Remainder’, the ‘Team Leader’ commission is added to the standard multi level commissions prior to the Super Team Leader’s  commission being calculated. See examples below;

Team leader ‘Percentage Remainder’ Example

For this example we’ll use the following multi level and Team Leader settings.

When the ‘Team Leader’ commission is calculated, the first step the plugin takes is to calculate the standard multi level commissions. Based on our settings, this will be as follows;

  • Level 1 – 10%
  • Level 2 – 9%
  • Level 3 – 8%
  • Level 4 – 7%.

Based on this, a total of 34% is to be paid.

The second step is to use this total to determine how much the ‘Team leader’ is entitled to as a bonus. Based on our settings, the maximum commission we want to pay out is 50% (rate value 50) so the Team Leader’ is entitled to a 16% bonus (50 – 34 = 16).

Super team leader ‘Percentage Remainder’ Example

Following on from our ‘Team Leader’ example above, the third step the plugin takes is to calculate the ‘Super Team Leader’ bonus (if enabled). We’ll use the following ‘Super Team Leader’ settings

Using a rate value of 60 here tells the plugin to award a bonus to a maximum of 60%. Since we are already up to 50% (standard levels + Team Leader bonus), the ‘Super Team Leader’ would be awarded a bonus of 10% (60 – 50 = 10).
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