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Installing Subscription and Recurring Payments
To install the extension follow the instructions below:
Payment Gateway Configuration
PayPal Express Checkout
Introducing Subscriptions and Recurring Payments
Subscription and Recurring Payments extension adds an option to purchase products as subscriptions:
The extension allows store owners to offer regular products as subscriptions. The extension does not convert products into subscriptions, instead, it adds an option to the checkout with a product as a regular item or as a subscription. Depending on the extension settings, store owners can decide if they want to offer products as subscription-only or let their customers choose whatever delivery type they want.
Subscription profiles created within an extension are shared across all the products. Per single subscription plan store owners can configure: the number of payments, recurring settings (daily, weekly, monthly, every X days), pricing settings, and description. All other settings are available at the product level.
Whenever the subscription plans configured 'Subscribe' button becomes available at the corresponding product pages. Subscription products are added to the subscription cart, not to interfere with the native checkout process. Subscription checkout is transparent and represented as four steps with the progress bar, customers should take to place an order. Though the steps customers can look around and read detailed information on the subscription plans available, select required shipping options, and specify billing and shipping addresses, just as with the native checkout.
Upon placing an order, customers are redirected to the payment gateway side, where the recurring profile is created. After, customers willbechargeeveryX will be charged every X days set in the subscription plan and orders will be created automatically at the Magento side, available for processing by the store administrator.
Once installed, the extension introduces its pages to the Sales section of Magento 2 navigation menu. From here, store administrator has an access to the following pages:
Thesetwosectionarethe parts of Subscription and Recurring Payments "control center". When the extension is properly configured all the subscription management takes place here.
In addition to Sales section, the extension introduces its general configuration options to Stores > Configuration > Aheadworks extensions > Subscription and Recurring Payments. Configuration options control basic extension aspects.
Sections in this user guide are represented in an order preferred for setting up the extension. It starts with creating subscription plans, setting up existing products for subscriptions, configuring general extension settings, getting acquainted with the process of subscribing to products, and managing subscriptions from both store backend and frontend. If you are new to the extension we advise you to follow the user guide as it goes in order to get understanding of how to work with the extension on your own.
Creating subscription plans
Subscription Plans is the section one starts with to set up the extension. All the basic information about how the subscriptions work and will work per your requirements can be found here. It can be found under Sales > Subscription and Recurring Payments by Aheadworks > Subscription plans.
Subscription Plan is the basic element of the extension. Once created, subscription plans are shared among all the products with subscription options set. It defines how many times customers will be charged, the time interval of the subscription payments and other necessary information.
This is the section where store administrator creates and manages subscription plans. It is represented by the grid listing all the subscription plans ever created, both enabled and disabled. The grid comes with the following control elements, that are shared across all other grids alike in the Aheadworks products:
To create new subscription plan click button.
New Subscription plan page settings are thematically split into four blocks: General Information, Schedule, Additional Pricing Settings, Storefront Description.
As it follows from its name, the block lists common plan settings:
The block controls the most important aspects of the subscription plan - how many times and at what intervals customers will be charged, along with the subscription start date:
Additional Pricing Settings
This section controls all additional subscription plan payment options:
In this section store administrator sets the subscription plan name and description that will be displayed to the customers at the store frontend:
Additional store view descriptions can be added by clicking button.
Once every plan setting is configured store administrator can click button to proceed to the product configuration.
Once at least a single Subscription Plan has been created and configured, it is possible to start offering products by subscription. The extension doesn't add new product type with a limited set of options to the store, instead, it allows store administrator to offer existing products as subscriptions.
Subscription settings are added to all product types (except grouped products) and can be found in the Subscription Configuration section of the product details page.
There is a total of four settings:
The extension defining option is, of course, Subscription, as it defines if the product is available on the recurring basis. The option is disabled by default for all products.
For configurable products, such options can be configured per item, meaning that you can define different Regular Payment Prices for different product configurations.
Starting with version 1.3.0 the extension comes with the Subscription Log that stores all the subscription updates and customer and store administrator actions.
The log comes with the same control elements as the Subscription Plans grid, that allow for particular entries search and filtering.
In case the log needs to be cleared the store administrator uses button.
Now we will proceed to the General Settings of the extension. The settings can be found under Stores > Configuration > Aheadworks extensions > Subscription and Recurring Payments.
The settings define how the extension behaves when dealing with taxes and how it should look like on the store frontend:
If you are reading this user guide section, you have probably added subscription options to at least one product. Depending on the subscription options selected the subscription will look something like this:
Here is the product with Subscription option set to 'Optional', meaning it allows purchasing a product as both, single item and a subscription. Such products will have two buttons displayed at once: Add to Cart and Subscribe.
Native price attribute of this product has been set to $15, while the subscription price set to $12,5. That's it why one can see that subscribing to this product supplies will save 16% total. This, and because option Display "You Save X %" on Product Page of the General Settings has been set to 'Yes'.
The product at the image above is the configurable product, child products of the configurable one may have individual Subscription Price set to all of them, and while switching parent product options the 'Subscribe' button will always display relevant discount customer gets.
All subscription products are added to the subscription cart, it is a dedicated shopping cart for the subscriptions. This dedicated cart has been introduced to avoid issues with the payment gateways, as most of the payment processors can either process a single-time payment or create a recurring profile.
When a customer clicks the 'Subscribe' button they are redirected to the Subscription Cart/Checkout page:
The Subscription Cart page represents a progress bar of four steps which indicate the checkout process.
Once the subscription order has been placed, a customer can navigate to his account at the store to check all the active subscriptions.
Customer account section
The extension introduces My Subscriptions section to customer account dashboard. The section lists all the customer's subscriptions active or expired.
Looks like our test customer has subscribed to weekly deliveries of the Shoulder Packs for three months! An interesting decision. We should probably give props to the store owner who thought it was a great idea to offer shoulder packs by subscription.
From this page, by clicking 'View' link of the required subscription customer can go in-depth to look for all associated orders and adjust billing and shipping information, in case the shoulder pack should be delivered to another address.
Subscription details page also allows customers to Suspend and Cancel subscription anytime required.
Every time a customer subscribes a dedicated entry is created at the Sales > Subscription and Recurring Payments by Aheadworks > Subscriptions grid.
Here store administrator is represented with an overview of all active, suspended, canceled and expired subscriptions. With the Actions block, store administrator can also cancel and suspend selected subscriptions.
By clicking a Subscription Profile ID store administrator can check all the orders associated with the subscription and all other details just like with native Magento order details page.
Working with Adyen
When working with Adyen subscriptions, the store owner must consider the following:
1) If the subscription is NOT infinite, then disregarding the time suspended, the specified number of cycles (payment periods) will be processed.
2) The payment dates will not be transitioned to the end of the period after the subscription is reactivated.
3) Considering the two peculiarities above, whenever customer suspends and reactivates the subscription, the missed billing cycle is transferred to the closest planned billing date.
Meaning that all the missed billing periods are placed in the queue and are processed regularly.
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