Available with any paid plan on WordPress.com, the recurring payment feature lets site owners collect repeat contributions from supporters in exchange for things like exclusive content or a monthly membership.
“Let your followers support you with periodic, scheduled payments. Charge for your weekly newsletter, accept monthly donations, sell yearly access to exclusive content — and do it all with an automated payment system.”
Recurring payments on WordPress.com allows site owners to:
- Accept regularly-scheduled payments directly on their site.
- Offer ongoing subscriptions, site memberships, monthly donations, and more.
- Integrate their site with Stripe to process payments and collect funds.
WordPress.com site owners can enable recurring payments by following the steps below:
- Step 1: Connect (or create) a Stripe account. Visit the Earn page from the WordPress dashboard and click Connect Stripe to Get Started.
- Step 2: Add a recurring payments button to your site using the block editor.
- Step 3: Customize details such as payment amounts, frequencies, subscription tiers, and so on.
Websites will pay WordPress a percentage of revenue earned through recurring payments, which varies depending on whether its a personal plan (8%), premium plan (4%), or business plan (2%). In addition to WordPress fees, Stripe collects 2.9% + $0.30 for each payment.
In order to make a recurring payment to a WordPress.com site, users will also need to have a WordPress.com account. If they don’t already have one, they’ll be prompted to create one when making a recurring payment for the first time.
For users, this will make it easy to subscribe to multiple sites with one account and manage all subscriptions from one place.