Subscription Products are products where a customer must pay a subscription price to have access to the product or service and they get billed on a recurring schedule. Traditional examples of subscription products are magazines or newspapers, but subscriptions can also include things like cable television services, or a subscription for financial services or career counseling, etc.
There are two components to a subscription product:
- Term - how long the subscription lasts, how often you want to bill and the rules for invoicing the subscription.
- Benefit - what your subscription actually gets you.
New subscription products are assigned both, so before creating a subscription product it's necessary to create at least one Term and one Benefit, so refer to the explanation about setting up Subscription Terms and Subscription Benefits.
Once you have defined the terms and benefits for your subscription, you are ready to create a subscription product.
To create Subscription Products:
- Click on Products on Slatwall toolbar.
- Select Products from the drop-down.
The Products listing screen will display products that have already been created.
- Click on at the top right of the screen
- Select Subscription Product from the drop-down.
The Create Product screen will appear.
Product Type - Select the appropriate product type from the drop-down if you have created Subscription product types, which are created in the Product Types section of the site. There will one default choice if you have not created other subscription sub-types.
Product Name - Add in a product name, this field is required.
Product Code - Add in a product code that is unique and contains no spaces or special characters, this field is required.
Price - Add in a price for the product. This field is required. After the product has been saved, price can be fine-tuned at the sku level.
After the basic fields have been filled in, it is time to select the Subscription Terms and Subscription Benefits for the product.
Define the Subscription Terms and the Subscription Benefits by putting a check mark in the box to the left of the term and the benefit, as shown in the screenshot above.
Now you can select the Renewal Method for the subscription choosing between the two choices in the Renewal Method drop-down:
If you select Select a Sku to be used upon renewal from the drop-down, there will be a number of Renewal Skus that appear. Put a check in the button to the left of the Renewal Sku.
If you select Select a benefit and price to be used upon renewal from the drop-down, you will need to add Renewal Price and then place a check in the box to the left of the renewal benefit.
Define the Subscription Benefits and the Subscription Renewal Benefits by putting a check mark in the box to the left of the benefit. Once you have completed all the fields:
The Subscription product detail page will appear with accordions below the basic fields that allow for adding additional information about the product, as shown below.
Skus - When the subscription product is created, a sku is automatically generated with the subscription terms and benefits selected. You can edit the sku and add additional skus and/or sku bundles from here.
Sales History - This is where the sales history for the product will appear.
Images - Default images can be uploaded here as well as additional Alternate images.
Files - Files related to the product can be uploaded here.
Product Description - This is where you can include a description for the product.
Listing Pages - This accordion is where you can assign the slatwall products to pages on the front-end. In the screenshot here, the content heirarchy for Slatwall CMS is displayed. Listing pages will also show the page heirarchy for third party CMS software such as Mura.
Categories - This is where you can select categories for the product.
Related Products - This is where you can indicate whick products are related to the product.
Product Reviews - This is where product reviews left by customers will appear. The product reviews can be managed in the Product Review section of the site.
Vendors - This is where you can select vendors that supply the product.
Product Settings - This is where you can edit product settings, doing so would override any global settings.
Sku Settings - This is where sku settings can be edited. These would override any global settings.
Comments - This is where comments about the product can be made.
System - This accordion has information such as the product ID and the created and modified data for the product.