I know that shopify doesn't support recurring payments yet via shopify. I also have seen in the forums that it is a feature that many have requested and shopify is potentally working towards moving it up the backlog to getting it done sooner than later. Maybe? Maybe not based on how long it has been discussed in the forums.
I also know that there are solutions like chargify which is a bit extensive and expensive for just the limited feature set of recurring payments. Also it outsources your products and info to another application and checkout process..
Also - chargify does not support my payment gateway at this time but Shopify does. Yes my payment gateway supports recurring payments and has a ruby api to do it.
So as I plan on how to obtain this feature w/n my store, I would like to know if this is something that would arrive by end of year? Or if there is any other insight you may be able to provide?
It seems as if there is some API support for recurring payments:
Of course making a custom app is an option but so is native shopify interfaces which is what I want.
I am considering migrating to competing solutions like volusion for this simple feature which makes me sad.. :(
If you read this post and agree. Please just post something w/n this thread to help it gain traction.
I have also opened a ticket with support and will post back what they say.
Hey! Thanks for posting about this. We're definitely aware that some shop owners would love this feature, but it's difficult to give any timelines because of the nature of development and ecommerce — it's a fast moving industry, and all major updatesare posted at www.shopify.com/blog .
Feel free to email me directly or reply to this post!
Christian G. | Guru @ Shopify | firstname.lastname@example.org | @mrzebraiw
Recurring payments would be an excellent feature and as far as I'm concerned it is becoming essential as I see a subscription model being the way forward for many ecommerce sites as a way to generate regular income. Shopify have now integrated Stripe with Shopify Payments in the US and Stripe accept a recurring payment model so it would seem an obvious fit for Shopify Payments to develop the recurring payment side. I am based in the UK and so the only option I have is Chargify, which is expensive and RecurHub which isn't ready yet (I have tested it and there are too many issues for me). Neither of these offer a great customer experience as Shopify don't allow the customer details to be passed to the apps so the customer has to enter their details again. It's also not great if the customer wants to buy a single one off purchase and a subscription purchase as they have to checkout twice using two different checkouts. Purchasing multiple subscription products is also a pain as the customer needs to go through the checkout routine for each one. All in all the ideal solution would be for Shopify to bring this in house using Stripe and other Payment Gateways so the store owners and customers have a much better experience. I also believe people will be turned off Shopify unless they get this model incorporated ASAP.
I forgot to post back from shopify support. They said nothing more than what I had already said here.... So I had nothing to really report back on...
Although since this time, Shopify Payments has launched and they have recurring built in for that.. But you have to use stripe. I can get cheaper fees elsewhere and still need recurring payments.. This whole integrated shopify payments approach is what I was after, but in order to get it you have to switch over from your gateway and adhere to all the rules of stripe..
I should clarify what I was quickly typing. It's clear if you want out of the box recurring payments, then you are going to have to go with Shopify payments and stripe. That is where they will implement it and support it down the road.
So investing in that integrated approach is a good idea. Unfortunately I haven't noticed anything completely out of the box for an interface for managing the recurring payments yet.. but at least you're dealing with the integrated customer data and store model..
In comparison, I use USAePay and had to write an app to a old crappy turd soap interface to do it. And that makes a separate app/hosting/database.
Thanks so much for the reply and info!
To confirm: Currently Shopify using Shopify Payments does not support recurring charges but if / when they do it will be using Shopify Payments to collect the money.
If I wanted to set up a store today that took recurring payments I would have to use a shopify/chargify or a shopify/recurhub integration to accomplish this.
Sorry for the follow up question, I am new to shopify and trying to figure out the best way to accomplish this task for a new store.
Thanks! -- Steven
Hey Steven et al!
You got it:
" To confirm: Currently Shopify using Shopify Payments does not support recurring charges but if / when they do it will be using Shopify Payments to collect the money.
If I wanted to set up a store today that took recurring payments I would have to use a shopify/chargify or a shopify/recurhub integration to accomplish this."
Shopify ships fast... always keep an eye on blog.shopify.com to learn more about new features.
Thanks for the feedback,