Some companies, for example magazine companies and gyms sell a 'subscription' product. This is not a 'one-off' sale, rather it gives ongoing access to the company's product or services. If desired, a subscription product can simply be loaded and sold on your Zeald website as any other standard e-commerce item. However occasionally extra functionality is desired. This functionality can include:
Users who purchase this product are automatically placed into a certain customer group (e.g. a customer group called 'Subscribers')
Users in this special group of subscribers can access a special 'members only' section of the website, e.g. to download articles, watch videos etc
Subscription Management. The facility to view a list of subscriptions, and therefore see which subscriptions are going to expire, and when. The facility to re-new subscriptions. The facility to inform customers of expiring subscriptions, and many other functions.
Subscription Fulfilment. Supplying the goods or services that the customer is entitled to as part of their subscription. For example, sending a magazine to subscribers ever month, or permitting access to a gym for active members, but not expired members.
The facility to bill customers for their subscription regularly, e.g. every month.
Minimum base website required:
Customisation Estimate (excludes cost of base Zeald website):
As a customisation we can create a special 'subscription' product type, which will automatically add purchasing customers into a special 'subscriber' group or groups. By using Zeald's in-built protected page
or protected component
functionality we can also set up a special 'members area' where subscribers can access website content that you wish to be available only to subscribers. Estimates for this type of customisation would range between $597 and $3,000 depending on whether you want a special 'purchase subscription' product page, and whether you needed a special members area.
Often the best approach is to invest in specialist software, which will have many hundreds or thousands of development hours 'pre-built' into the product. However if required, we can customise your website with subscription management functions similar to those mentioned above. Each case is different, so we would need to estimate a price for your specific solution.
We would not implement a recurring billing module. Your accounting software may have this functionality, also the Credit Card Gateway company Direct Payment Solutions (DPS) has a web gateway where recurring credit card billing can be set up (this is known as their 'variable billing' module)
Third Party Solutions:
Subscription Management software is readily commercially available. This software may be able to be integrated with your Zeald website if desired using Data Integration