Just as Ivan has pointed out in his last post, Drupal’s Ubercart module is powerful enough to ease the burden on managing and shipping orders off your back, while it is easy for a small-business owner to use.
Some of you may wonder, if ubercart can simplify the ordering and shipping of these products, can they do the same with recurring payments like memberships or subscriptions? With the help of an addon module called UC Recurring Payments and Subscriptions, a drupal CMS can handle subscription payments just as efficiently as with other products.
To think of a subscription in another way, imagine buying a monthly bus pass every month. You buy a bus pass for the month before that month expires, and before that month ends you’re free to use the bus pass for as many times as you need. In ubercart’s concept of a subscription is just like that, but the duration of it is not strictly confined to a month – it could be a day, 2 weeks, 3 months, or 5 years.
On the site level it is very similar to create a subscription product as creating any other new product on the system. The only difference between those two is that a subscription requires you to define the product’s recurring fee features on its features tab. You can set its length of its billing period, when the billing period starts, define how much it should charge per period, how many period should pass before it stops, or if it actually stops at all, and so on.
Another aspect that I want to talk about is how these subscriptions can be organized in a nice way that is clear and efficient for the business owner. Given a subscription’s extra layer of complexity ubercart’s Recurring Payments and Subscriptions module organizes its subscribers under each subscription product in a page, with every subscriber listed out with the original order details, when the subscription started and when the charge will apply again, among other useful information and operations.
Ubercart and its addons are tools that can free up the time a business spends on administrating orders and invoices so that they can focus on what they do best. I encourage small business owners to give this a try.