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Subscriptions to add one-time payment with a monthly subscription product.

It is very common for companies to allow a customer to pay up front for a subscription and still receive the product monthly. It would be great to have this option in the subscription plug-in. Payment settings and how often the product ships should be separate settings.

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      • Alex Baker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In our case, we want to offer quarterly and annual payment plans for a product that ships on a rolling quarterly basis. For example, if you signed up in June, we'd ship your first order in June, then we'd ship a additional orders in September, then January, then April. The problem right now is if I signed up for Annual, only one order would be created (for June), but no order would be created until the following June. So ideally, we would be able to schedule order creation independently of the payment schedule.

      • Lukas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I’ve seen lots of ideas here and all of them make sense, somehow, of course. But why not just do two changes to the plugin and solve all the problems? First a subscription should be completly independent from any product. It should be like a container and second renewal date and payment date should be seperated. So I can create a container with renewal date weekly every Wednesday and a payment date monthly every first Wednesday. And than I can add all available products to that container. This works for any scenario. If customer wants to switch date or interval, he must switch the ‘container’. Wouldnt that be great? And also, maybe the next five containers could always be visible for the customer in the backend, so he can easily skip one or add non-recurring additional pruducts that he only wants once to a certain delivery...

      • Ramesh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We have created a plugin for one-time payment option for a monthly subscription product. It is called WooCommerce Prepaid Subscription.

        I guess i am not allowed to add a link here. You can search for the plugin anyway :-)

      • Nathan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Wow, up to more than 700 votes now! This seems like a totally necessary feature. I imagine anyone selling a physical, monthly product needs this!

      • Andrea commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add this function so that we can a pay up front for a subscription feature. I have a client needing this and we are using the workaround for now.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Can the developer provide an update for this? I see it's on the feature roadmap for version 2.3, which I anticipated by march of 2018, and it hasn't been released yet. We have had our business launch on hold since November, waiting for this feature. Any rough ETA you can provide would help.

      • Dave commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Our magazine is shipped quarterly for our Yearly subscribers. Really appreciate the plugin so I really hope there's a better way to handle this.

      • Yakov Shasha commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We have a monthly subscription for a weekly newsletter and would like to be able to use the subscriptions extension to handle this.

      • May commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please, please add an upfront payment option with a monthly subscription product!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A lot of people are content with using the WooCommerce search widget. They like the option to either hide or include specific products in search. But what about categories, tags, etc? Sometimes the widget just doesn’t give you the control you need. https://goo.gl/Btj99Z

      • GL commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Need the ability to seperate the pre-payment from the subscription timeline. For example we sell with 3 month payments or pre-pay in full while the actual subscription could be for 10 months of shipping a product or an annual service. this is a basic feature that is missing and needs to be added asap please.

      • Ramesh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We have created a plugin to sell prepaid subscriptions. Interested, please let us know. I am not sure if i am allowed to post links here. You can check the plugin and its feature at flycart.org

      • Luke commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Heard a rumor you were going to build this in Q1. Is it in the works? Hoping to be able to switch to you but this is a deal breaking function for me.

      • Brian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add this functionality. We offer a discount to customers who pay annually in advance for their monthly delivery. The plug-in needs to auto-generate a monthly order for these customers. Thanks.

      • Edward commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I spend hours every month creating an excel spreadsheet for "active" subscribers that have paid for a 3 month or a 6 month plan to my monthly subscription boxes. I then spend some more time importing these cvs files to my shipping software and updating their "completed" order. Is there a simpler way that i can save time or generate new orders for these customers? Is the feature coming soon?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I vote for this times a million!

        The WooCommerce suggested workaround for this isn't compatible with the Mix n Match extension so we can't even do that.

      • Ramesh Elamathi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hey guys

        We have developed a plugin for this. It allows customers to make up front payment while subscribing. They can still receive the product monthly, but wont be charged on a monthly basis.

        If you would like to beta test the plugin and suggest improvements, please do get in touch with me at support (at) flycart (dot) org

        Thanks

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