How do Recurring Packages Work?

With the Pricing Manager extension, you can create price packages that generate automatic payments for a set period.

  1. You can create price packages with regular payments for a set or unlimited time, for example:
    1. $10 every month for the next 12 months
    2. $100 every year until the subscription is canceled
  2. When a user submits a listing using a recurring package, the user agrees with the gateway (for example, PayPal or Stripe) that the gateway can make automatic payments based on the package you created.
  3. The gateway will now make the payments automatically based on the agreed schedule.
  4. You or the user can cancel the agreement anytime.
  5. Payments can fail if the user does not have enough money in the gateway account or a connected credit card has expired.
  6. The gateway and your website communicate the payments or failed payments automatically.

For transaction testing, you will need test credit cards for your payment gateway sandbox.

Agreements between your users and the gateway must be set up by submitting a listing from the front end of your website. 

You cannot create subscriptions on behalf of your users. It is the user that has to agree with the gateway.

Some gateways cannot be used with recurring packages.
You cannot use the Test Payment option because it is not an actual gateway.

Expiration of Listings

When you specify an expiry date for your recurring or non-recurring listings, it refers to the date until which the given listing's offerings might be valid for the users. This expiry date does not, in any way, affect the actual listing on the site itself. 

In other words, recurring listings can only expire/downgrade when the concerned subscription is canceled/completed/deleted. The expiration date, specified for recurring listings, has no impact whatsoever on the expiration/deletion of the actual listing unless the subscription is deleted or canceled. 

Recurring Payment Emails

GeoDirectory does not send pre-expiry email reminders for recurring packages. The recurring payments are handled automatically by the gateway.

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