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Subscription: Free trail without cc needed; ask for creditcard/paypal when free trail ends, not upfront

I'm using WooCommerce and Subscriptions to sell access to premium content. Currently its configured with a 30-day free trial. So users sign up, enter their credit card, and as long as they don't cancel before the end of the trial, we ping them.

I'd like to move the credit card entry to the end of the free trial. In other words, people would sign up, have access for 30 days, then have to enter their card to continue getting access. Is this an easy thing to do in WooCommerce, or do I need to do some work outside of WooCommerce on membership/reg? Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated. (kudos to tragicallyhip, see http://wordpress.org/support/topic/virtual-subscription-trials-credit-card-at-trial-end?replies=3

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be a great addition to our business! We get tons of complaints about this.

  • James Hooker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would it be easier to make a free subscription variable, ability to limit access and at the end offer an upgrade to a paid subscription without an option to renew the free variable? Maybe send the client an email to upgrade.

  • Robert Sanchez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Has anyone made any progress re Credit Card Free subscription Free Trials using WooCommerce Subscriptions? We need this.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Has anyone made any progress re Credit Card Free subscriptions using WooCommerce Subscriptions?
    We need this.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This will cause us to leave woosubscriptions if we can locate another option that offers it.

  • Keith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I was surprised to find this wasn't already a feature. Enabling this would drive more potential business to my site, as people are always skeptical to add credit card information for free trials (at least in my experience).

  • Dave commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just wanted to bump this feature request up again. IMHO it should be up to the creator of a website whether they want to put the credit card information before the trial or after the trial. If the customer sees value in the Web offering after the free trial (like Basecamp for example), they will WANT to enter their cc info. The onus should be put on the software itself to create the value, not the "sell" of the software up front. Of course that sell is important, too, but the software should motivate people to want to enter that CC info after the trial.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be really useful! Our freemium subscription model would benefit significantly from this.
    Can we have this soon please?

  • Robert Sanchez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I really want this. I have WooCommerce subscriptions but will go with Stripe directly in order to make credit card free sign up for our trial subscriptions possible.

  • Michael Florez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Really really want a solution for this. Our promo model relies on people subscribing and trying out our service. And from market research we know that the no1 obstacle to signing up is giving out credit cards details, especially for older market segments.
    So not requiring a credit card no until the end of the trial is essential.
    Thanks,
    Has anyone achieved this?

  • Dave commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think this would be a wise optional setting. Especially when a new subscription service is in market testing phase, it makes sense to just see if people would be even willing to sign up. At least then you can collect an email address and attempt to market to the non-converted users down the road.

    I give this a major feature request bump.

  • Alasdair Page commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We're also looking for this same functionality. Until it's in core I'd be interested to know if anybody has successfully customised WooCommerce Subscriptions to achieve this please.

  • Empyreal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes I can see where your going with this, but as I see it. The reason for taking the card details upfront is because most users have lost their initial enthusiasm for the product 4 weeks down the line, so would not enter the card details to subscribe.

    On the flip side if it was simply a numbers game, yes you would have lots more take the trial if they didn't feel pressurised into giving their card details.

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