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    Suncoastbuddy
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    I am wanting to start a business selling subscriptions for some online software. Due to my qualifications i can get the subscriptions at a wholesale price and resell them at the retail value or lower and still make money. I was looking at cratejoy because it looks so simple as I am not experienced with creating a website and need to get it up and running fairly quickly. But i am not sure if it will suit or if there is another easy solution for me. I need the following things.

    1. As i dont actually sell a product that needs shipping, i need to be able to remove it completely.

    2. Down the track i want to able to provide video’s and written tutorials on how to use the software, so i need something that I can easily add a blog to

    3. I would like subscriptions and payment processing to be never ending until the customer logs on and cancels it

    4. I would like to get paid directly into my bank account from a payment gateway other than going through paypal.

    I would really appreciate your help in finding an out of the box website that I can use?

    Thanks in advance
    Mandy

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    Dave Gillen – Former FS Concierge
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    Hi Mandy,

    Welcome to Flying Solo!

    What do you mean by “I need to be able to remove it completely”?

    If you just need a way to allow people to buy from you (i.e. you already have ways of reaching customers, like email, social media, or advertising) then you can do something fairly simple and focus on the checkout/gateway. If you plan to generate traffic with your website, you may need to be thinking of it as a website+blog (WordPress is the most popular solution for this – it includes a blog and you can add any payment gateway to it).

    Hopefully some of our technical experts can help you out further.

    Good luck!

    Dave

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    MattMaher
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    Hi Mandy,

    There are many great web site designers in this community who you could hire to make a more customized web experience.

    However if you want to do this yourself to at least get your site up and running I’m happy to help you out. What I recommend:

    • Australian Web host service provider: ($ cost) This is where you will register your domain name and upload your website. I personally use Ziphosting.
    • WordPress: ($ free) Think of it as a timber frame much like the ones used in houses.
    • WordPress theme: ($ cost) This will determine the websites layout. Think of as the walls to your house.
    • Woocommerce plugin: ($ free) This is an easy way to integrate everything you need for a shopping cart.
    • Woocommerce Subscriptions extension: ($ cost) This will allow you to integrate reoccurring payments.

    How this addresses your concerns:

    1) Woocommerce allows your to remove shipping from your listed products

    2) Most WordPress themes and if researched correctly will allow you to list products and blog posts (with videos) as well as choose which one to display to your users.

    3) Woocommerce subscriptions extension: As above has reoccurring payments, please particularly read ‘renewal’ and ‘manual’ payments from http://www.woothemes.com/2012/11/woocommerce-subscriptions-1-2/

    4) Woocommerce has a choice of payment gateways, but please read the Woocommerce subscriptions link above.

    What I have described is a great ‘out of the box’ package that will get you started. I am more than happy to help guide you, just message me anytime.

    Regards,
    Matt Maher

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    Craig.Smith
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    NopCommerce is a shopping cart solution which does what your after. It’s the best .net eCommerce solution available as open source and free.

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    John Debrincat
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    Suncoastbuddy, post: 214500, member: 64123 wrote:
    I am wanting to start a business selling subscriptions for some online software…..

    I would really appreciate your help in finding an out of the box website that I can use?

    Thanks in advance
    Mandy

    1. As i dont actually sell a product that needs shipping, i need to be able to remove it completely.

    You mean remove the delivery step I am guessing. So that is not a big issue if you set the delivery up as no value then there won’t really be any issue. Removing the step entirely might require customisation.

    2. Down the track i want to able to provide video’s and written tutorials on how to use the software, so i need something that I can easily add a blog to

    Not a big deal as most software will let you either link to a blog or add a blog as content.

    3. I would like subscriptions and payment processing to be never ending until the customer logs on and cancels it

    Here is the elephant in the room — you could take a look at say [USER=44733]@eWAY[/USER] they have recurring payments. But no recurring payments are forever. In general you have issues like credit card expiry dates etc. However if I sign up for an online service I look at the T&C’s and would never sign to an open ended agreement. You really need to make sure you put some time into issues like terms & conditions, refund / cancellation policy, privacy and subscription agreement.

    Your selling third party software which will come with a end user licence agreement (eula) if you do not have a reseller licence agreement then your buyers may be in breach of the eula. Just saying you can buy the software is not good enough.

    4. I would like to get paid directly into my bank account from a payment gateway other than going through paypal.

    Other payment providers also do recurring payments like SecurePay. You will find that there will be more issues with the legal stuff. We use eWAY recurring payments so it works well. The eCommerce software you choose must also allow for recurring payments so its not just the gateway.

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    JohnTranter
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    +1 for talking to eWay about the subscription service, that’s your biggest technical challenge in my opinion.

    From a platform point of view, some of the more popular hosted choices are Shopify, Bigcommerce, eCorner, Neto

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    eWAY
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    genie.gif Hi Mandy!

    Maclean from eWAY here, I’m one of the integration specialists here and can definitely recommend some solutions to you.

    Firstly, a warning.. Selling automatically issued coupons/vouchers/license keys is a high risk category for online selling so you’ll need to ensure you’ve got some protection in place for this. As an example there was a merchant selling Steam (online game downloads) vouchers that were issued automatically and they were attacked as someone hit them with a bunch of generated card numbers during the night and went and spent the vouchers through Steam before the merchant woke up.

    MattMaher mentioned WooCommerce above, this is a pretty good recurring/subscription solution and it supports digital products (which automatically remove shipping from the checkout experience) as well as supporting eWAY for the payments with our enterprise fraud prevention (the above merchant did not have this and it would have saved them a lot of fraud).

    If you know someone who’s good with WordPress/WooCommerce and they owe you a favour or like you a lot you could get that site setup for about $500-$700 for the basics plus ongoing fees, you obviously need to market it as well and get some good content written – this is where the cost will come in.

    JohnTranter and JohnD mentioned some hosted solutions, they all work with subscription/recurring except BigCommerce doesn’t support this with eWAY, not sure if they support it with other gateways.

    I’ve had to really skip across a lot of info, do get in touch with us if you’ve got any questions about the payment side and feel free to ask on here as well!

    Maclean

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    jimmyrose
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    It’s not a website but a good solution for recurring payments – check out http://www.chargely.com/

    As for videos, a simple WordPress setup with a Learning Management System (LMS) would work well. Something like CoursePress or Sensei

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