15 Great Apps for Your Business Subscription Needs

Subscriptions and recurring payments are a low-cost way for you to accept credit card and bank account payments for website subscriptions, newsletter fees, club dues or recurring donations, and thanks to studious payment gateway providers and web 2.0 companies, it’s never been so easy to get such a system fully integrated with your website in just a few easy steps.

Recurring billing apps come in two flavors; simple, ready to go web apps and complex self-hosted apps. We’ve gathered 15 fantastic web apps to tackle your subscription billing needs.

Chargify

Chargify

Chargify

Chargify helps web 2.0 and SaaS business’ set up a recurring payment system to charge paying customers. In addition to charging customers on a recurring basis, Chargify also takes care of the complications of processing credit card payments with its built in dunning system.

Chargify’s dunning management tool handles all potential charge-failure scenarios—expired or invalid credit cards, or charge limit exceeded—and lets you send a customized notification for each event. To find out more about this app, check out our review, Painless Recurring Billing with Chargify.

Recurly

Recurly

Recurly

No matter what industry you’re from, Recurly wants to help you maximize your recurring revenue with minimal effort. Recurly makes subscription billing so easy, you can do it yourself in just three simple steps. There’s no set up fee and the plans are all based on the number of transactions done on your site per month. You can try the service as long as you like without any obligation and only pay when you’re ready to start charging your customers.

Zuora

Zuora

Zuora

Zuora is a market leader in the billing and subscription vertical. Their Z-Billing and Z-Payments products make it fast and easy to launch new products, scale operations, and automate recurring billing and subscription payments in one solution. The web app allows you to configure custom fields on the invoice, payment, invoice item adjustment, and invoice adjustment objects that may be created and maintained via the user interface and the API. A free trail of the full system is available upon request.

PayPal

PayPal

PayPal

I know a lot of us hate PayPal as much as they love the service, myself included. They revolutionized the world of online payments and except for poor customer service, they still have a very solid product in their hands. When you use PayPal subscriptions and recurring payments, your customers can purchase automatically recurring subscriptions from your website, or even using a link in an email. It’s actually cost effective as you don’t have to pay for a third party app for subscription billing.

Authorize.net

Authorize.Net

Authorize.Net

Authorize.net is another well known name in this field and their Automated Recurring Billing (ARB) is a convenient and easy-to-use tool for submitting and managing recurring or subscription-based transactions. You can take advantage of ARB’s flexible features to enhance customer service and build customer loyalty, while reducing authorization declines and overall administrative costs.

Spreedly

Spreedly

Spreedly

Spreedly handles everything you need to make money—initial signup, upgrades, cancellations, etc.—so you can spend your valuable time on building your business rather than a billing system. They support a number of payment gateways and you can change it anytime at will. A free account can be setup instantaneously to test drive the web app and its features.

CheddarGetter

Cheddar Getter

Cheddar Getter

Whether you run a high tech SaaS business or a small, service-based business, CheddarGetter is the perfect way to track and bill your customers. Simply plug in your merchant account information and CheddarGetter will begin charging your customers immediately. Completely customizable email templates allow you to increase transparency of subscription information. You can avail a free account that allows you to charge upto 20 customers or a free developer account that lets you charge up to 1000 customers.

Payment Online

Payment Online

Payment Online

Using Payment Online’s ecommerce solutions and credit card processing software, you can accept online payment from your customers in as little as 3 days. Whether you’re selling subscription, membership, shippable goods, downloadable digital goods or online services,
Payment Online’s powerful and flexible Recurring Billing System offers unmatched recurring features and billing functionality. It’s fully compatible for integration with various payment gateways and offers scalable configuration for recurring billing intervals, billing cycles, and reporting.

eVapt

eVapt

eVapt

eVapt provides the most comprehensive subscription management, metering and billing solution that meets the needs of cloud. eVapt is very much suitable for monetizing all types and sizes of subscription businesses including on-demand, cloud enabled, Infrastructure-as-a-Service(IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service(PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service(SaaS). An assisted trial of the app is available upon request.

Vindicia

Vindicia

Vindicia

Vindicia supports online merchants across multiple business models, from subscriptions to microtransactions, and focus on maximizing customer acquisition and retention through a secure, scalable infrastructure. Vindicia’s billing solution also makes it easy to create and manage promotions to help you continuously expand your customer base.

Subscription DNA

Subscription DNA

Subscription DNA

Subscription DNA’s powerful business logic automates the subscribing and expiring of users to your services, members and their subscriptions, processes all recurring billing and on-demand billing, and even authenticates members to your premium content. Making use of their robust reporting tools you can communicate with target user groups, quickly mine and analyze numerous reports, view transactions, send customizable email auto responses, track member login usage and statistics and much more. A full demo of the app is available upon request.

Braintree

Braintree

Braintree

Braintree helps online businesses process credit card payments by providing a merchant account, payment gateway, recurring billing and credit card storage. Though they work with companies primarily based in the U.S. they also service several large international customers.

Sage Pay

Sage Pay

Sage Pay

With the help of Sage Pay you can now accept card payments online, over the phone or via mail order, via a secure and reliable payment gateway. You can check out the features of the web app using the free simulator account.

CCBill

CCBill

CCBill

CCBill is one of the veterans in the subscription processing industry and they process payments at over 30,000 websites. With CCBill you can Manage subscriptions and purchases online in multiple currencies and can avail a 24/7/365 live support if you need help.

BluSynergy

BluSynergy

BluSynergy

BluSynergy can cater to your recurring billing needs, whether they are simple or involve complex features such as mediation and rating. The app comes in two flavors – SaaS and self hosted.

Share Your Thoughts!

Which app do you use to collect subscription payments from your customers? Is the customer support of these web apps any good? Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments section. Thanks!


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  • http://www.testlab2.com/ Mad

    I think 2checkout is worth mentioning here, it’s a very good payment processor.

  • http://www.simplifiedecommerce.com Colin8ch

    Great summary of really great businesses and products, thanks for sharing.

    Along with adding a subscription software provider to a merchant account and gateway, as required by most of the apps mentioned here, another option is to try an “Authorized Reseller” type business like Clickbank, FastSpring or 2Checkout that offers recurring billing.

    I wrote a short blog post that your readers may find interesting breaking down some of the costs and advantages of using “subscription management apps” like those mentioned in your writeup:

    http://bit.ly/RecurringBillingOptions

  • http://imknight.net knight

    any one can share the experience of using these service ? pro and con + what are the best situation to use these.

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