Shop managers want their customers to buy products both with a recurring subscription, charging them each month, each year, each 2 weeks, etc. OR paying only once for the package.
In this tutorial I’ll show you how to allow this easily by using grouped products.
We will sell eBooks, on a monthly base or with a one-off payment.
Set up your subscription product
You want your customers to pay monthly to get the eBooks, so you need a subscription product.
Go to Products > Add New and choose the Product Type Simple subscription.
Add the subscription price, choose the length and frequency of the subscription and eventually add a sign-up fee and a free trial.
For the example, I used these settings:
I also chose to sold the subscription individually, so customers can’t add more than one of it in their cart in a single purchase (but they can have multiple subscriptions for the same product purchased separately).
You will find the option in the tab Inventory in the product settings.
Set up your one-off payment product
For this product we will use a Simple product type. Go to Products > Add New and create a new Simple product. Configure the price, stock if needed, etc.
Also for this product, I chose to sell it individually.
Merge them together
Now we have two products, but we don’t want customers to go to two different pages to buy them. They must be in the same product page.
You need a third product to do this. Add a new product and choose the product type Grouped.
Once created, go to the tab Linked Products and choose the two products that you created before in the field Grouped products.
The system is ready to go live. If you visit the grouped product page you should see something like this (using the theme Storefront):
Customers will now be able to choose what product to purchase, if a monthly subscription, or a one-off payment product.
One more tip
If you visit your Shop page, you should see all the three products in the list. That’s not the best thing, i’d hide the two base products. So edit them again, and find the Catalog visibility settings on the right of the Edit product page. Selecting Hidden the products won’t show on the catalog page, neither they will show by searching in your site.
Now you are really ready to sell your subscriptions and one-off payment products. Good luck with sales!