Hope this is OK to ask here.
I have a relatively simple EE site set up, and I am soon looking to expand the sites scope by adding the option for business owners to be able to post an advert/description of their business to the site. The advert will be entered via a safecracker form on the front end, and will become an entry into the relevant channel.
For this I want to charge a yearly fee.
I am currently looking at the possible options.
I can either:
a. Charge a yearly subscription for the actual ad. Therefore anyone can add an advert, and pay on a "per ad" basis.
b. Charge the business a yearly fee for access to the "advertisers" member group. Once they have paid for access and become an advertiser, allow them to access the safecracker forms to upload their ad.
At the moment I do not mind which scenario I take, but I am looking at the possible options for each.
As far as I am aware, the only two add-ons that will allow me to create this functionality are CartThrob (together with the new Subscriptions add-on) or Membrr.
Initially I thought Membrr, as it would allow me to implement option 1 (and 2 I think!), but I have heard a few reports that it is not the easiest to implement.
I have seen recommendations for CT, although the initial price is steep, and I think it is probably a bit overkill in terms of functionality for what I want to achieve.
I was wondering if anyone had any experience they can share, or suggest another way of adding this functionality.