Subbly vs. WooCommerce

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Subbly’s strength is rooted in subscription ecommerce and has all the features you need to grow, built right in.

WooCommerce's allows you to use an open-source solution like Wordpress, but lacks both built-in basic eCommerce features and the advanced customization options you need to maximize growth and revenue.

Key comparison points

Wrangling with a dozen plugins that refuse to play nicely? Subbly lets you set up and grow a subscription store from scratch with every feature you might need built right in – no plugins needed.

Spending valuable time and money on maintenance instead of growth?
Subbly's a fully hosted and managed solution, with regular updates being made to the software to make your life easier.

Losing revenue to payment processing failures?
Subbly's tested in-house payment integrations are built to seamlessly process your customers' payments no matter the amount of traffic or sales being pushed through.

Held back by basic subscription billing options?
Subbly's powerful billing engine is way more flexible and does all the heavy lifting for you.

Having a hard time getting help when you need it most?
Subbly’s customer support team is best-in-class, with ultra-fast response times and a proactive, community-driven approach.

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Subbly is a subscription-first platform

💪 All-in-one ecommerce platform with subscription at its core

Everything you need to build and grow your subscriptions business built right in, no plugins needed.

🔐 Fully hosted and maintained

Enterprise-level uptime, regular feature upgrades and world-class security without any maintainance needed.

💳 Standard payment processing integrations

Support for major processing services built and maintained by Subbly for flawless, reliable payments even during peak seasonal traffic.

🚀 Powerful billing engine

Maximize flexibility with advanced billing and shipping options, commitment terms, and more without the need for any plugins.

🛒 Customizable checkouts

Build a checkout experience aligned with your purchase flow with a choice of optimized checkout layouts and customization options.

📆 Commitment terms

Add commitment terms to plans with promo prices to help retain customers, boost your LTV, and maximize loyalty!

WooCommerce is a plugin, not a platform

🛠️ Requires plugins

WooCommerce is a plugin built for Wordpress, one of many standalone platforms reliant on plugins for many core e-Commerce functions.

🔂 Basic subscription options

WooCommerce's subscription plugin only allows a basic range of subscription products to be sold.

💰 Requires hosting and regular updates

Using WooCommerce as part of a stack of WordPress plugins often requires paid hosting and updates to third-party plugins.

📉 Lack of features for long-term growth

Core subscription features such as creating customized billing and shipping cycles aren't possible, let alone options for addons and checkout upsells.

Which to choose?

If you want to use a fully hosted and managed software solution for your subscription and one time sales, without having to worry about maintenance and management.
If you wish to have finer control over product and billing setup for your subscriptions and do both one-time and subscription sales on one platform without the need for plugins.
If you wish to have stable and scaleable payments processing integrations that still don't hold your subscribers' data hostage.
If you're familiar with WordPress and are okay with investing extra time into configuration and maintenance.
If you're okay with some uncertainty around using 3rd party software/plugins and their support levels.
If you plan on managing a smaller customer base and don't mind spending extra time/support efforts for those customers.

Here's what our customers think:

"Subbly really is built subscription first. Whereas you would need a lot of plugins and third-party apps to get started on other platforms like Shopify or WooCommerce, on Subbly, it’s all built right in. It really ends up saving you money because you don't have to pay for a lot of apps"
Charmaine Merriweather
Founder, HUES Book Box

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