8 Woocommerce Subscription Plugins for Recurring Earning
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8 Woocommerce Subscription Plugins for Recurring Earning

In the 1990s, when we had just begun to use software, things were completely different. The Internet had just begun with dial-up connections being the order of the day.

Some magazines used to distribute tons of trial versions of different software in CDS. It was a medium for software companies to market their software product, this way.

As time went by, when people started relying more on the internet, many things started changing. People stopped using CDs to install any software.

Users of the internet could easily download trial versions of software and start using them. Once they felt comfortable using the trial version, they could buy the full version.

In recent times even this changed with software giants like Microsoft, and Adobe started offering a subscription-based model.

In this model, instead of buying the software, customers pay a recurring monthly fee as a subscription fee. They can keep updating the software and stop the subscription when they don’t see any value addition.

This model continued to grow as more and more software started to flood the market. After the series of lockdowns, more of the digital world got enabled to see a raise in the subscription-based model.

A lot of individuals have come up with small software that helps people in different ways. Wanting to follow this model on their website, let us see in this article the different types of subscription-based plugins available in WordPress.

To sell products on WordPress, we always suggest the best plugin out there for WordPress, which is WooCommerce. If you want to just sell a digital or physical product, you don’t need anything extra.

You can start using WooCommerce just by installing the free plugin out of the box.

Can you Sell Subscriptions on WordPress?

You can sell subscriptions on WordPress using WooCommerce, a free plugin available in the WordPress repository installing which you will be enabling the capabilities of eCommerce, in the sense that you will be able to sell both digital and physical products.

There are many premium plugins that you can later install that will help you with selling your subscriptions out of the box. These plugins are not even expensive. You can check them out in our coming sections.

How do I set up Subscriptions on WordPress?

The first thing you should do is to Install the WooCommerce plugin that is available for free on the WordPress repository. Go to the plugins from the left sidebar and select “Add Plugins“.

Click on Add Plugin

Search for the plugin WooCommerce from the search bar.

Select the first plugin, install it, and activate it

Once you are done you will have to install one of the plugins that we will be talking about in the further sections. You will be able to sell subscriptions

How do I set up Subscriptions in WooCommerce?

As told earlier after installing WooCommerce, you will have to install the following plugin that best suits you. The installation of any plugin is the same as what we have shown in the previous section.

What is the Difference Between WooCommerce Memberships and Subscriptions?

A subscription is an agreement that happens to be a financial one, between a seller who offers a product to a customer, who pays in regular intervals until deciding against using it.

Eg. Microsoft Office subscription for a monthly price

Membership comes with a benefit in the form of actively participating in a group or community for the benefit of the growth of all the members together or individually, by paying or for free.

Eg. Becoming a member of Wikipedia for free and volunteering in editing or write articles.

8 WooCommerce Subscription Plugins

Knowing the difference, let us check out the subscription plugins in WooCommerce, along with membership plugins.

1. WooCommerce Subscriptions by WooCommerce

This is a plugin developed by WooCommerce themselves.

Using this you can create and manage recurring payments both for virtual and physical products. You can, with this plugin track and count the residual revenue.

The only thing that you will have to take care of is to ship the physical orders, sit back and relax. The rest of the things are taken care of by this WooCommerce plugin by WooCommerce themselves.

ProsCons
Customizable multiple billing schedulesFeature development stalled
Over 25 payment gateway integrations for auto-recurring paymentsNot documented well
Can even be renewed manually with invoices automatically sentRequired addons for additional features
Detailed reports on subscribers and revenueBad customer service
Prior renewal notification to customersOverpriced
Customers can upgrade or downgrade plans based on their needsDelay in fixing issues
When a payment fails, it is automatically billedMany bad reviews

2. Subscriptions for WooCommerce by WebToffee

Developed by WebToffee, using this plugin, you can create and manage recurring payments like a child’s play. As opposed to the previous plugin, this one has got very good reviews.

You can create simple subscriptions using this plugin that includes subscription price, interval, and subscription period.

ProsCons
Both simple and variable subscriptionsVery less popular
You can even set free trialsFewer reviews
Manage renewal intervalNot listed in other portals
Recurring subscription discounts can be offeredCustomers cannot upgrade or change products
Major payment gateways supported
Multilingual support
Convenient subscription management

3. Subscriptio – WooCommerce Subscriptions

Developed by RightPress, which is a payment capability for the popular plugin WooCommerce, using which you can sell products like:

  • Magazine Subscription
  • Online Memberships
  • e-learning Packages
  • Other tangible or intangible products

It is listed in CodeCanyon from where you can download it. It has got about 158 reviews which are more are less on the positive side.

ProsCons
Admin subscription management area that is both powerful and easy to useVersion conflicts
Paypal and Stripe are supported for automatic subscriptionsPoor support at times
Billing cycle length and max subscription length can be set2Checkout integration is not available
A one-off signup fee too can be charged
Major payment gateways supported
You can pause, resume and cancel subscriptions
Convenient subscription management

4. Yith Woocommerce Subscription

The developers of a lot of other plugins only related to WooCommerce YITH are the #1 independent sellers of WooCommerce plugins.

You cannot take away your eye off them in search engines if you are trying to find more details about WooComerce.

With about 83 reviews from their own website, most of them are positive. Let us find out the pros and cons of this plugin.

ProsCons
Can be completely integrated with YITH WooCommerce MembershipSmall features need to be added
Trial Mode lets the clients access for a brief periodMany bugs need to be fixed
A built-in reminder system will prompt customers to activate or renew the subscriptionsExpensive compared to the others
Users can switch, pause or cancel the subscription plans
We can decide on how to handle the failed payments
Email notifications from within the plugin both to the admins and subscribers
Additional coupon types to apply discounts on the sign-up fee

5. SUMO Subscriptions

From the developers who have already sold this plugin to 3478 customers. By far this is the plugin with maximum positive reviews.

There are tons of other plugins that the developers of this plugin have developed. This plugin is a complete Subscription System, which is always compatible with the latest WordPress.

ProsCons
A very comprehensive plugin covering many featuresPaypal does not Reference Transactions
Comes with a complete subscription systemDoesn’t Integrate with essential subscription plugins like LearnDash
Works with any WooCommerce-supported themesThe response to most of the queries is to take a refund by opening a refund request
Always compatible with the latest version of WooCommerce
We can decide on how to handle the failed payments
Built-in automatic subscription renewal
Set Overdue and Suspend Period
WPML compatible
Recurring Donations with SUMO Donations Plugin

6. Subscriptions For WooCommerce Pro

A pretty new plugin from WPSwings has a separate set of features for admin and customers. It has a lot of compatibilities and gets integrated with a lot of plugins. The following is a list of plugins that this plugin is compatible with:

  • Membership For WooCommerce
  • Wallet System For WooCommerce
  • Ultimate Gift Cards For WooCommerce
  • WooCommerce Payment Gateway

Let us look at some of the pros and cons of this plugin.

ProsCons
Accepts Manual Payment for SubscriptionIt is a very new plugin tested by very few people
Allows Multiple Quantities on Subscription Products
Notifications and Reminders
Provides APIs of course for details
Subscription Plans Details
Exclusive Coupon Types
Handle WooCommerce Subscriptions Proration
Active WooCommerce Subscription Export Function

7. WP Simple Pay (Built for Stripe)

A plugin that is optimized for mobile comes with a payment form builder which makes it easy to collect payments. It works only with the stripe payment gateway.

Apart from that, there are tons of unique features that you won’t find in most of the plugins.

ProsCons
Payment collection in a simple wayIt is a very new plugin tested by very few people
Payment is processed in a secure way
Responsive
Coupon codes in ever
Subscription Plans Details
Drag and Drop functions
Active WooCommerce Subscription Export Function

8. Paid Memberships Pro

A plugin that has a portal dedicated just for this. You can literally connect with lots of plugins out of the box. There are more than 100,000 active installs and has a pretty good review.

They have three different plans with the difference in no. of sites and addons. They are:

  • Standard – 1 Site License with 20 standard add-ons
  • Plus – 2 Site Licenses with 30 standard add-ons
  • Builder – 5 Site Licenses with 30 standard add-ons
ProsCons
Restrict content for certain user typesToo many features for basic functionality
Restrict even custom post typesNo scope for selection of add-ons
Content drippingHighly-priced
Customized content
Create directories and profiles
Use with WordPress Multisite (an advanced WordPress website)
Unlimited levels
Multi-tiered membership
Member notifications and communication
Flexible Membership Level Pricing
Customizable Membership Trial Periods
Variable Pricing and Donations

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