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WooCommerce Subscriptions Setup in Simple Steps

August 16, 2016

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Do you have a membership-based offer? Do you face issues in setting up charging rules for the offer.

WooCommerce Subscriptions by WooThemes can help you by adding a new payment method to your Woo store. Granted that it is a paid extension, but it is money well-spent. The plugin greatly streamlines the process of setting up and managing a WooCommerce subscription offer.

WooCommerce Subscription

In this tutorial, I will be using YITH WooCommerce Subscription plugin.


  1. Make sure you have the WooCommerce plugin installed and activated. For Woocommerce installation, you can visit Install And Setup A WooCommerce Store.
  2. Download YITH WooCommerce Subscription. Go to Plugins >> Add New then search YITH plugin. Install and activate it.

Install Plugin

Configure Simple Woocommerce Subscription

Before utilizing YITH WooCommerce Subscription, make sure that the option Enable Subscription has been activated in YIT >> Plugins >> Subscription.

Plugin Settings

Select the product that you need to associate with the subscription and in its editing page, check the option Subscription.

Product Subscription Page

You can set the cost for the subscription plan, adjust the frequency for payment and the price range of the subscription.

Product Price

The price of the subscription needs to set as follows: Users are required to pay a fixed amount (Regular Price) each day/month for the number of days/months you set for the subscription.

The field Max Length is optional. Leave it empty for a perpetual subscription.

I strongly suggest that you enable the option Sold Individually accessible in the product edit page, as it would make no sense for the same user to buy the same subscription plan twice.

Solid Individually Option

Now you can see how the customer will see the product.

Display Product

This is the cart page.

Cart Page

After clicking Proceed to Checkout button, you can see the checkout page.

Checkout Page

You have created a sample subscription that charges the user $30, every 30 days.

Payment Methods

The subscription officially begins when the order is submitted and authenticated. Installments could also be setup at WooCommerce > Settings.

Among all payment methods accessible, PayPal is the single one that could be configured to collect recurring subscription fees automatically until the subscription expires or is canceled. In the case of funds in the concerned PayPal account not enough for the subscription, the subscription will be automatically canceled by the system.

On the off chance that you set some other payment method, it will be up to the users to remember the recurrent payment due date and send the amount to the website in order to continue the subscription.

List of Subscriptions

You can easily find all subscribers and subscriptions. Just go to YITH Plugin >> Subscription >> Subscriptions.

YITH Plugin Subscriptions

Cancel Subscriptions

If you want to cancel subscription for some reason you just have to select the
subscription and click on “Delete” option.

Delete Subscriptions WooCommerce


I hope this blog helps you out in setting up a WooCommerce subscription for your website. If you need clarification or have a question, please leave a comment below.

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Saud Razzak

Saud is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WooCommerce Hosting Platform. Saud is responsible for creating buzz, spread knowledge, and educate the people about WordPress in the Community around the globe. In his free time, he likes to play cricket and learn new things on the Internet. You can email him at

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