Looking for some help with configuring WooCommerce recurring payments or otherwise setting up recurring payments on your WordPress site?
Recurring payments offer you reliable cash flow and make it easier for customers to pay their bills. Luckily, several plugins and third-party solutions exist for configuring a recurring payment system.
In this post, we’ll show you how to set up flexible recurring payments using the official WooCommerce Subscriptions plugin.
WooCommerce Subscriptions is a highly capable solution, and potentially the most robust in terms of its feature set. However, the extension costs $199 per year.
If that’s out of your price range, or you’re simply more interested in an alternative, we’ll also share a free solution for WordPress recurring payments that cuts out the need to use WooCommerce.
How to set up WooCommerce recurring payments with WooCommerce Subscriptions
If you want to set up WooCommerce recurring payments, the best option is to use the official WooCommerce Subscriptions plugin. This plugin was originally launched by a third-party developer, but the WooCommerce team acquired it in 2019 so it now falls directly under the WooCommerce umbrella.
The WooCommerce Subscriptions extension costs $199 per year and links to a wide range of other plugins and extensions such as the Stripe, WooCommerce Payments, and Braintree extensions from WooCommerce.
Here’s how to set it up…
1. Install and activate WooCommerce Subscriptions
To begin the process, open your WordPress dashboard (with WooCommerce installed).
Go to WooCommerce → Extensions.
Search or browse for the Subscriptions extension. Click the From $199 button. This will walk you through the purchase and installation process.
2. Create a new recurring payment product
Once you activate the WooCommerce Subscriptions extension, go to Products → All Products to add a recurring payment option to that item. You can also create an item from scratch.
Name the product anything you want and fill in other information like the Description field. For this example, I’ll be selling a “Tshirt of the Month Club” that sends the occasional t-shirt in exchange for a recurring payment.