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.
Check this out... seems to be the best way to do this at the moment. https://woocommerce.com/products/all-products-for-woocommerce-subscriptions/?aff=46147&cid=5699243
almost a year now and still this standard option is unavailable. Does anyone have any other Subscriptions solutions as we are now losing money due to using the sign-up fee option and need to move away from this basic plugin. The automate woo option doesn't work with variable subscription products.
Patrick T — We ended up tracking subscription orders via Google Sheets manually. Woo only manages the initial order, payment, renewals, etc. When a renew order comes through our spreadsheet is updated with all the deliveries for that order and then marked as “completed.”
We have automated new customers and orders in Woo via Zapier to be inserted into the sheet, but subscription deliveries are still tracked outside of Woo.
I'm currently setting up a woocommerce website for a paper magazine with 2 subscription options delivered quaterly: 6 magazines (18 months) or 12 magazines (3 years) subscriptions.
Reading the different comments here and the documentation, I understand that will be quite difficult to set up.
Could you suggest a way to set up this?
We are a full 9-months past that date and still this functionality isn't possible in a plugin. The documentation for Woocommerce Subscriptions points to AutomateWoo with the Subscriptions Add-on. Looking at the documentation here:https://coffeehero.com.au/
Mary Ellen Carson commented
Do you have a phone number ?
Jan D commented
I could really do with this, I just want my customers to have the option to pay in full or by installments, so this would work a treat, but I'm finding it hard to set up the simple and variable subscriptions at the same time....
@Congruent Dev -- The issue is that, despite woo subscriptions billing themselves as having the capability to sell "magazine" subscriptions, they actually cannot. Think about how that model works. You pay annually, but get mailed something monthly. There is no way to do with with woo or woo subscriptions. You are required to have the same "bill" length as you have "delivery" length.
We sell produce on subscription, and want to bill monthly, but delivery weekly or bi-weekly. There is no way to do this easily, and not without spending another $100+ on top of a $200 subscriptions plugin for automate woo. Even then, we would need to set up multiple triggers for each product -- that's not tenable.
The way woo has it now, we would be required to bill weekly, or bi-weekly, if we wanted to deliver on that schedule /and/ have woo faithfully track all the orders. We're not billing our customers that frequently, it's bad form and bad business. This gets more complex if we wanted to offer quarterly or annual subscriptions like a CSA but still deliver weekly or bi-weekly.
Right now we're forced to use two platforms -- woo subscriptions for taking orders and billing ongoing, and another for tracking subscription deliveries and what we need to produce to fulfill those orders. If you have a solution to this issue we're all ears, but it seems like one is on the horizon, or was, at least, last July.
Congruent Dev commented
what am i missing?
How many votes are required to make ideas a development priority?
The last update, July 2019, indicated a short timeline. We are a full 9-months past that date and still this functionality isn't possible in a plugin. The documentation for Woocommerce Subscriptions points to AutomateWoo with the Subscriptions Add-on. Looking at the documentation here:
Is this the "official" fix or will a plugin still be released as indicated last July?
Can you please supply an update on this from July last year?
"So we are working on a "Custom Delivery Schedule plugin for WooCommerce subscriptions". The plugin can help you separate the billing & shipping cycles. So your subscription product price can be set to charge every year (or any other cycle), while the delivery can be monthly (or any other cycle)."
yes, this would be amazing to be able to have separate shipping and billing cycles.
nana he commented
yes！！！ 1 year or 6 months
Geoff Ross commented
this would be extremely useful
Ramesh Elamathi commented
The problem can be solved better by separating the billing cycle from shipping cycle. Because most subscription businesses would charge annually, while shipping the products on a monthly basis.
So we are working on a "Custom Delivery Schedule plugin for WooCommerce subscriptions". The plugin can help you separate the billing & shipping cycles. So your subscription product price can be set to charge every year (or any other cycle), while the delivery can be monthly (or any other cycle). Even you can let the customer to choose a delivery cycle.
The plugin is almost complete.
If you have any feedback or feature suggestions, do let me know. We are planning to submit this to the WooCommerce extensions section soon.
Came across a plugin called Schedule delivery for WooCommerce by Themehigh where user can plan the product delivery.
Helpful for shop owners who have regular customers who can plan their purchase.
totally agree! We have that problem at the moment! We have to cheat by adding a sign up fee and then charging them a recurring fee from the second month onwards, but the problem is that you can't charge for shipping fee at the sing up stage.
Super annoying! Can't wait for them to fix this problem!
please make sure when you do implement you give an option for pending-cancelation to continue shipments until subscription expiration. A lot of customer will purchase a pre-paid subscription then cancel right away just so they only get the pre-paid amount and doe not renew. But still need to get their recurring shipments for what they paid for.
@Tony, The WooCommerce Pre-Paid plugin from Flycart lets you have the billing schedule and the delivery schedule run differently. Example: If customer pays for 3 months upfront for a monthly subscription on April 22, then he gets charged only after 3 months (that is on July 22). On May 22 and June 22, the plugin creates a zero-value order record, which can be used as reference from sending deliveries. on July 22, he can be charged for next 3 months automatically.
So the billing schedule runs differently, while the deliveries can happen monthly. I guess this is something you are trying to achieve?