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Selling Subscriptions on a Webflow Site


#1

Hey Girls and Boys,

I am part of a small startup that does something like dropbox (don’t want to bore you with the details. But dropbox is a good example. What we do is a bit different but you get the idea. It’s any SaaS model I think). But our app is not a webapp. it needs to be installed.

Point is… we want to sell subscriptions. I wondered how to do that within webflow. I probably need a service provider to that but I don’t know exactly. I know there is stuff for e-commerce out there like foxy.io or shopify. But isn’t that a bit overkill for what I am trying to achieve?

It would be nice if tracking via Google Analytics would also be possible.

Thank you very much for your help.

Love
Chriso


#2

Without knowing in greater detail… what you really need…

  • I wouldn’t anticipate any issues using Webflow or even the Webflow CMS to satisfy your requirements.

Everything you asked for appears to be do-able.

Perhaps if your site was membership-based… you might encounter some issues…

  • but again… that’s without know your needs in more detail.

Which I’m not expecting to get.

We run several “subscription services”…

  • all designed in Webflow and exported… to add features that are not available within Webflow.

#3

Hi @chrisolinus
Josh from Foxy. Creating subscription products with Foxy / Webflow can be done pretty quickly and seamlessly. Also, we work nicely with Google Analytics for conversion tracking. We’re more than happy to walk you through things. Please message or email if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Josh


#4

Yes these are good suggestions. You will do either:

  1. A membership script (PHP) as an embed for the page or entire site. It needs to be manage by you on your own server

  2. A membership software on another vendor platform. You will designate domains on their system with an account.

  3. An ecommerce platform with a membership plugin.

PRIMARY QUESTIONS BEFORE DECIDING
A. Will customers need to pay before receiving access?
B. Will paying customers need their own account? To manage email, subscription, etc.
C. How will you handle renewals? By calling you, email or will they do it themselves in an account?
D. How will you handle cancellations?
E. Access: Forgot username or password? Is this auto or will they contact you?
F. How will you limit fraud? Customers sharing access with each other.

Just a few key questions that can be a pain without a dedicated solution. Obviously, you want automation for as much as possible, and you can see how a script you manage, can be time consuming. However, software vendors aren’t silly, they know you need this functionality, so they charge for this stuff (Monthly).

I agree with @foxy and @Revolution, Webflow will handle the static part of the site, but you will need a script to trigger member access, because the site needs to talk to a live database before actions are taken on the site.

Hope this helps. If you need a list of vendors to get you started, shoot me a message. Take care.