1.Overview

The free Subscriptions for the WooCommerce plugin is for WooCommerce store owners who want to provide their users with subscription-based products or services. Any eCommerce store owner can use this free plugin to offer products as subscription products. Therefore, begin to collect recurring payments through your WooCommerce store with the free plugin, Subscriptions for WooCommerce.

Features

Let’s take a quick glance at the features of the free Subscriptions for WooCommerce: 

  • Create simple products as subscription products via a checkbox 
  • Offer subscription frequency 
  • The flexibility of setting expiry date of subscription plans by both user and admin 
  • Charge initial fee with WooCommerce payment integrations 
  • Offer free trial to users and control free trial period
  • Both user and admin stop subscription option
  • Complete subscription reports to admin
  • Subscription details to user and admin
  • Show recurring frequency in the subscription list table
  • Send out subscriptions emails for expired and cancelled subscription plans

2.Installation

There are two ways to install the free Subscriptions for WooCommerce plugin:

1. Automatic Installation

Automatic installation in WordPress involves not leaving the web browser and installing the free plugin from the backend itself. Admin can perform automatic installation in a few easy steps:

  1. Open the dashboard of your WordPress website. From the admin panel, navigate to the sidebar.
  2. Go to Plugins > Menu > Add New
  3. On this ‘add plugins’ page, go to the search bar and browse ‘ Subscriptions for WooCommerce’
  4. Find the plugin, Subscriptions for WooCommerce by MakeWebBetter, and click Install Now. 

2. Manual Installation 

For manually installing Subscriptions for WooCommerce, follow these steps:

  1. Upload the Subscriptions for WooCommerce folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.  
Subscription Manual Installation

3.Payments Gateways Integration

The Subscription for WooCommerce plugin is compatible with WooCommerce payment gateways. It offers automatic and manual recurring payment options.  

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4.General Settings

Subsequently, after activating the plugin,

Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins > Subscriptions for WooCommerce > Settings

Now you are ready to continue with the general settings of the plugin. Before proceeding to the available settings, you will find an overview section, where you can briefly go through the free plugin features.

In the general settings section, the admin can find all the general settings related to the subscription-based products and services.

4.1.Enabling Subscriptions

It is the admin’s choice to enable or disable subscriptions on simple products. Admin can disable or enable subscriptions facility anytime. The steps involved are:

  • Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins > Subscriptions for WooCommerce > General Settings  
  • Under general settings, find the very first option, ‘Enable/Disable Subscription.’
  • Check the box to enable subscriptions on your WooCommerce store.
Enabling Subscriptions
After enabling the checkbox, click ‘save settings’. A subscription will be allowed.

4.2.Disabling Subscriptions

Admin can disable subscriptions in the same way. 

  • Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins > Subscriptions for WooCommerce > General Settings 
  • Uncheck the checkbox, and the subscriptions will be disabled.
disable subscriptions
After disabling the checkbox, click ‘save settings’. The subscription will be disabled.

4.3.Edit ‘Add To Cart Text’

This option will change the text that appears on the add to cart button.

Steps to edit ‘add to cart’ text:

  • Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins > Subscriptions for WooCommerce > General Settings 
  • Find the text box where the admin can insert the desired text to replace, ‘Add To Cart’ text.
subscription Edit Add to cart Text

4.4.Edit ‘Place Order Text’

This option will change the text on the place order button.

For editing this text:

  • Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins > Subscriptions for WooCommerce > General Settings
  • Find the text box where the admin can insert the required text to replace the existing one in the ‘Place Order Text’ option.
Subscription Edit Place Order Text

After replacing the ‘Add To Cart Text’ and ‘Place Order Text’ click the ‘Save Changes’ button and the changes will be made.

4.5.Allow Users To Cancel Subscriptions

Admin can provide the ability to customers to cancel their subscriptions. This way, subscriptions will get cancel not only by the admin but also by the user. 

The steps involved are:

  • Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins > Subscriptions for WooCommerce > General Settings 
  • Navigate to ‘Allow Customers To Cancel Subscriptions’ and select the checkbox.
Cancel Subscriptions

Finally, after making all the desired changes, click ‘Save Changes’.

5.Assigning Subscription To Simple Product

Subscriptions for WooCommerce is a free plugin that allows admin to assign simple products as subscription items. Steps for posting any product as a subscription product are as follows: 

  • Go to Dashboard > Products > All Products.
  • Select the product or service you want to assign as a subscription item.
  • Tick the subscription check box. The subscription checkbox will only be available for simple products.
add subscription product
  • The product or service will now become subscription-based.

6.Subscriptions Settings

After assigning the subscription to products, the subscription settings option will appear.

subscriptions settings org

For directly going to the subscription settings, follow these steps:

  • Go to Dashboard > Products > All Products > Any Subscription Product > Subscriptions Settings 
  • Now, the admin can perform several modifications that might differ from product to product.

6.1.Subscription Per Interval

Subscription per interval is when the admin will receive the recurring payment of the subscription-based product or service. Admin can set the interval of regular revenue from this section. It can be after any number of months, days, weeks, or years.   

Steps to edit subscription per interval:

  • Go to Dashboard > Products > All Products > Any Subscription Product > Subscriptions Settings 
  • The first option on the subscription settings section is ‘Subscription Per Interval.’ Fill in the details.
  • Update these changes.
Subscriptions per interval

6.2.Subscription Expiry Interval

Admin can set for how long they want to provide a subscription to the user. It is the period for which the user will have access to the subscription-based product or service. The payment will then be triggered on the same day every month until the subscription plan expires.

Steps to set subscription expiry interval are:

  • Go to Dashboard > Products > All Products > Any Subscription Product > Subscriptions Settings 
  • Navigate to the ‘Subscription Expiry Interval’ just below ‘Subscription Per Interval.’
  • Update the change.
Subscription expiry interval

6.3.Unlimited Subscription

If the admin wants to grant a subscription service forever or unlimited subscription of a product, then

  • Go to Dashboard > Products > All Products > Any Subscription Product > Subscriptions Settings
  • Navigate ‘Subscription Expiry Interval’ and leave it empty. Do not fill in any details.   

6.4.Initial Sign Up Fees

Admin can impose a sign-up fee for subscription-based products. The initial expenses are added once to the recurring subscription payment. 

Steps to set initial sign up fee are:

  • Go to Dashboard > Products > All Products > Any Subscription Product > Subscriptions Settings
  • Navigate to ‘Initial Sign Up Fees’ and put in your desired amount.  
  • Update the change.

Initial signup fees

6.5.Free Trial Interval

Admin can offer free trials to the user with Subscriptions For WooCommerce free plugin. No fee is charged for the free trial period. The recurring payment will begin after the free trial.

To change settings for a free trial:

  • Go to Dashboard > Products > All Products > Any Subscription Product > Subscriptions Settings
  • Navigate to ‘Free Trial Interval’ and set the desired frequency of free trials.
  • Admin can set free trial frequency for days, months, weeks, or years.
  • Update the change.

subscription free trial interval

7.Subscriptions Table

In this section, the admin will find all the existing subscription plans in his WooCommerce store. All details of individual subscription plans are listed here. Admin can delete or cancel a subscription plan here too. Admin can search the subscription plan in the search bar by order id as well.

Subscriptions Table

Details Of Subscription Plans

For a bird’s eye view of all the subscription plans,

  • Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins > Subscriptions for WooCommerce > Subscriptions Table
  • Admin can note the following fields here:
  1. Subscription ID
  2. Status of the subscription, i.e., active, canceled, or expired
  3. Subscription-based product name
  4. Recurring amount
  5. User name
  6. Next recurring payment date
  7. Subscription expiry date  

Deleting Subscription Plans

Admin can delete the expired or non-renewed subscription plans.

  • Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins > Subscriptions for WooCommerce > Subscriptions Table
  • Navigate to ‘Bulk Action’ and click the dropdown. The delete option will appear.
  • Select the subscriptions plans you want to delete.
  • Click Apply.

Cancelling Subscription Plan

Both user and admin canceling subscription functionality are provided in the plugin. For admin, the steps are:

  • Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins > Subscriptions for WooCommerce > Subscriptions Table
  • Hover over the subscription plan you want to cancel.
  • A cancel option will appear. Click on it, and the subscription plan will be canceled.  

8.Subscriptions Emails

The Subscriptions For WooCommerce plugin allows admin to send out emails when

  • Subscription plans are cancelled 
  • Subscription plans expire
email subscriptions

For cancelled subscription emails settings:

  • Go to WooCommerce > Settings > Emails 
  • Navigate to ‘Cancelled Subscriptions Email Notification’ > Manage 
Cancelled emails
  • Tick the checkbox to enable this email notification
  • Fill in the details like recipient email address, subject, email heading, etc.
  • Save Changes.  

For expired subscription emails settings:

  • Go to WooCommerce > Settings > Emails 
  • Navigate to ‘Expired Subscriptions Email Notifications  ’ > Manage 
Expired emails
  • Tick the checkbox to enable this email notification
  • Fill in the details like recipient email address, subject, email heading, etc.
  • Save Changes.  

For more types of subscription actions emails, use WooCommerce Subscriptions Pro that allows: 

  • Paused Subscriptions Email Notification
  • Reactivate Subscriptions Email Notifications
  • Manual Renewal Subscriptions Invoice Email Notification
  • Subscription Going To Expire Email Notification

9.FAQs

Yes, Admin needs to configure the WooCommerce Stripe plugin to support recurring payments on your site.

Admin can use simple product types with subscriptions for WooCommerce by checking a checkbox.

No, you cannot extend a subscription plan before expiration.  But, both the admin and the user can initially set the expiry date for the subscription plans.

 Yes, the admin can place the product as a subscription product or a standard product.

Yes, the admin can include the shipping cost in the recurring payments.

Yes, unlimited subscriptions can be given to the users with Subscriptions for WooCommerce.

Yes, in the basic Subscriptions for WooCommerce plugin, you will have to renew the free products. 

Yes, the admin can decide the frequency of the free trial to the users. Admin can set it for a week, day, or month. Recurring payments will begin after this free trial frequency.

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