accept recurring payments on your wordpress forms

How to Accept Recurring Payments on Your WordPress Forms

Are you wondering how to accept recurring payments on your WordPress forms? Generating revenue is often a website owner’s number one goal, and achieving that goal is whole lot easier when you can accept continual payments from repeat customers.

In this article, we’ll show you how WPForms makes accepting recurring payments on your WordPress forms simple with Stripe so you can focus on more important aspects of building your business.

Why Accepts Recurring Payments on Your WordPress Forms?

You might be asking yourself why recurring payment functionality is important to have on your WordPress forms. Well, when it comes to generating revenue, forming solid relationships with long-term customers is the key to your success.

And, it just so happens that being able to accept recurring payments on your WordPress forms helps you achieve that success because:

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  • It costs five times more to acquire a new customer than it does to maintain an existing customer. By giving existing customers the option to pay you on a regular basis for products or services, you save money and make money online with ease.
  • Repeat business through recurring payments help forge better, longer-lasting relationships with your target audience.
  • You can collect steady income when you accept recurring payments for things like monthly products, subscriptions, and memberships (easily build a membership site using one of the best WordPress membership plugins in the market)
  • Enabling recurring payment functionality gives your business room to scale.
  • Accepting recurring payments takes less effort on your part, and makes things easier on your customers too.

Whether you have an online donation form, a user registration form to access locked content, or a simple order form that sells physical or even digital products, WPForms has you covered if you want to accept recurring payments.

So, let’s take a look at how to enable recurring payment functionality on your WordPress forms using WPForms and Stripe.

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Step 1: Create a New WordPress Form

The first thing you’ll need to do is install and activate the WPForms plugin. For more details, see this step by step guide on how to install a plugin in WordPress.

WPForms allows you to accept recurring payments on your forms using Stripe. That’s why the next step is to install and activate the Stripe addon.

To do this, go to WPForms » Addon and find the one labeled Stripe addon.

stripe addon

Next, go to WPForms » Add New to create a new form.

For our example, we’ll create an online donation form that gives people the option to make a one-time donation or donate on a recurring basis. For help with this step, check out our tutorial on creating a nonprofit donation form in WordPress.

This is what our donation form looks like before customizing any of the form fields.

donation form without customization

Step 2: Customize Your WordPress Form Fields

You can add additional fields to your form by dragging them from the left hand panel to the right hand panel.

Then, click on the field to make any changes. You can also click on a form field and drag it to rearrange the order on your donation form.

In order to accept recurring payments using Stripe, you’ll have to add at the very least these two form fields for your form to work right:

  1. An items field such as Single Item, Multiple Items, or Dropdown Items
  2. A Credit Card field

You can also add a Total form field so customers know exactly how much they’re being charged when they submit your form.

recurring payment form fields on donation form

As you can see, we added a dropdown menu so people can choose whether they want to donate on a recurring basis or make a one-time payment, as well as a field for selecting how much people want to donate, a Total field, and the Credit Card field.

When your form looks the way you want it to, click Save.

Step 3: Configure Your Payment Settings

When your form is ready, go to Payments » Stripe to configure the payment settings so your form can accept payments from people using the Stripe payment gateway.

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Next, click the checkbox labeled Enable Stripe payments, give your payment a description, and select Email as the Stripe Payment Receipt.

stripe settings

If you were only accepting one-time donation from people, you would be all set. The next step would be to add your donation form to your website.

However, you want to set up recurring donations so you have to continue customizing.

To do this, scroll down a bit more on the Stripe settings panel and click the checkbox labeled Enable recurring subscription payments under the Subscriptions section.

enable recurring payments

You will also have to configure the following:

  • Plan Name: this is the title of the subscription and will appear on the Stripe transaction.
  • Recurring Period: choose how often people will be able to make recurring payments. For instance, weekly, monthly, yearly, etc.
  • Customer Email: by selecting Email from the dropdown menu, WPForms will be able to send a notification to the customer once they submit their form. Being able to contact people via the email they input on the form is required for Stripe recurring functionality to work.

Lastly, you’ll need to set the conditional logic rules since you give people the option to make recurring donations or a one-time donation.

To do this, first select the checkbox Enable conditional logic.

Then, to make things super simple, configure the rule to say: Process payment as recurring if Dropdown is Monthly.

recurring payment conditional logic rule

This way, any time someone wants to make recurring donations to your organization, their payment will process automatically according to the time interval you offered on your form.

Click Save.

Before adding your donation form to your website, make sure to test it to make sure everything processes correctly. For help with this, we have documentation walking you through how to test Stripe payments before accepting actual payments.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it! You now know how to accept recurring payments on your WordPress forms using the WPForms Stripe addon.

If you’re ready to start accepting recurring payments, make sure to check out our article on how to reduce order form abandonment so you can grow your sales, and donations, and maintain your success.

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  2. This is great 🙂

    Is there a way to charge a different first amount from the recurring amount?
    e.g. a 25% off coupon is applied to the purchase of the first billing cycle.


    1. Hi Geoff,

      We don’t have a way to do this right now, but I’ve made a note on our feature request list so we can keep it on our radar! Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  3. Can we Setup Paypal for Recursive Payments instead of Stripe? Paypal is real simple. So i would like if it can be done with paypal.

    1. Hi Syed,

      We don’t have a way to do this with PayPal right now, but I’ve made a note on our feature request list so we can keep it on our radar! Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  4. Great feature! Is there a way to run recurring payments ONLY for 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, etc? Ranter than, ongoing? AND, is there a way for the user to cancel an ongoing payment via wpform? Thanks!

    1. Hi Web Guy,

      We don’t have a way to do this right now, but I’ve made a note on our feature request list so we can keep it on our radar! Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  5. I would add too, that if you are accepting recurring payments, you must tik both, “Enable Stripe payments” and “Enable recurring subscription payments” or it will not work! Took me a few tests before I realized that!

    1. Hi Web Guy,

      Thanks for your suggestion! I’ll go ahead and forward your feedback to our team to review so we can update our article.

      Thanks! 🙂

  6. I’d like to add a +1 for the feature request on ending the recurring payment after a predefined time period, plus the ability to only make a portion of the total cost recurring… I’d like to charge a signup fee and then have a monthly tuition payment for the entire length of a class (usually four months) and have it end on a certain date. I can do this with WooCommerce, but capturing additional content (and having output in a report) is such a hassle!

    1. Hi Daniel,

      No problem! I’ll go ahead and forward your comments to our team to keep in mind as they plan out future updates for the plugin. We really appreciate your feedback! 🙂

  7. +2 on ending subscription payments. I’d like to be able to charge half up front and then the other half in some period of time, like half now, half in 30 days.

    1. Hi Brad,

      Thanks for your feedback. While we don’t have this feature available now, I’ll go ahead and forward it as a feature request to our team to consider as they plan out future updates to the plugin.

      We appreciate the suggestion!

  8. Hi – Great feature. Is there is a smart way to offer four different recurring periods for different amounts. In other words, could a donee select $10, $25 or $50 and then also select to make payments monthly, quarterly, Semi-yearly, or Yearly? If not yet, I would like to request this be added to the wishlist/roadmap.

    1. Hi Scott,

      Right now the forms can only be set up so that they process one type of recurring payment at a time (so in other words, you can’t apply conditional logic to tell the form to process the payment as monthly if the user selected monthly, yearly if they selected yearly, etc.) but I do agree that would be helpful! I’ll add your suggestion to our feature request so our development team can keep this in mind as they continue to update the plugin.

      Thanks! 🙂

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