Subscription-based services are becoming more common in both our personal and professional lives. Businesses who develop software are increasingly choosing to offer their products under a software as a service model. By charging a recurring fee, businesses have an ongoing revenue stream from every customer.
Ideally, you want customers to be able to access your website, find out about your services, and buy and manage their subscriptions. The following plugins all enable you to add the necessary features for this to your WordPress site.
There’s a lot to like about ARMember and it’s hard to know where to begin. Let’s start with the user interface, which might just be ARMember’s best feature. The interface is incredibly user-friendly and is by far one of the best that you’ll find in a subscription billing plugin.
This user-friendly design carries over into the plugin’s admin panel. You will have no trouble getting everything set up to your liking. Once you’re in, ARMember offers up a rich feature set that makes managing your subscription options nice and easy.
Setting up access permissions so that content is locked according to membership level is really simple. Coupled with the easy integration with payment processors like PayPal and Stripe, ARMember is a great plugin for any website that is just now introducing subscription services to its audience.
This is an affordable option for smaller businesses and individual websites.
Rebilly WordPress Plugin
Rebilly is one of the biggest names in the subscription billing industry. They are among the most knowledgeable and experienced businesses providing subscription billing services to businesses. It is not surprising that they have their own WordPress plugin.
Whereas Rebilly’s services begin at $150/month, the Rebily WordPress Plugin is available for a much more modest $15/month + 1% of any revenue you make. For the quality of service that you get for that price, it is more than worth it. This is a pricing structure that can work at small and large scales, so businesses across the board can benefit.
One of the benefits of using a plugin tied to an industry-leading service provider is that their checkout page builder integrates with more than 90 payment processors – more than enough for any website.
Rebilly offers a 30-day free trial of the plugin, so it is worth giving it a whirl. You don’t have anything to lose.
Restrict Content Pro
Restrict Content Pro is perhaps the most lightweight WordPress subscription billing plugin out there. There’s no bloat here, the features you use to build your membership site are available as add-ons, so you only need to install the ones you need.
Restrict Content Pro enables you to build a variety of subscription-based services. You can use Restrict Content Pro to create membership levels and premium libraries of content that are restricted by membership level. Or, you can design a magazine subscription-style system for managing access to your premium content. There are plenty of customization options.
Restrict Content Pro also comes with all the tools that you need to enable your users to purchase and manage their subscriptions through your website. The plugin supports a number of payment processors, including PayPal, Stripe, and all the usual suspects.
Any of the plugins listed above can be used to manage subscription billing for your business. There are other choices out there, many of which offer free trials. Shop around and try some free trials before you commit.