Do you want an easy way to set up WordPress recurring payments?

Recurring online payments really helps to scale up your sales or donations. You get predictable income without spending time chasing up payments.

In this article, we’ll show you how to set up recurring payments in WordPress using fully customizable forms.

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How to Accept Recurring Payments in WordPress

The easiest way to configure automatic recurring payments in WordPress is with WPForms. You can easily add a Stripe credit card field to any form and then specify when you want the payment to recur. When your visitor submits the form, WPForms will trigger the first payment and repeat on your set schedule.

You can watch the video above for a walkthrough of how to use recurring payments in WPForms. If you prefer reading instructions, we’ve written out this tutorial below.

Step 1: Install the WPForms Plugin

WPForms allows you to create forms configured to accept recurring payments on all license levels. This means you can use the free or any paid version of WPForms to connect it with Stripe and take recurring payments.

However, you get more advanced options like conditional logic for payments and transaction fees are smaller with Pro and Elite license levels.

Now that you know about differences in WPForms license levels in terms of payment settings, go ahead and choose a plan.

The WPForms pricing page

Then, install and activate the WPForms plugin. If you need help, see this step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Step 2: Get the Stripe Pro Addon

While this step is optional, we strongly recommend getting the Stripe Pro addon to access the full range of payment features for your forms. The Stripe Pro addon is available for Pro and above users.

To install this addon, open your WordPress dashboard and go to WPForms » Addons.

WPForms addons menu

On the Addons page, scroll down to the Stripe Pro Addon or search for it using the search bar.

Press the Install Addon button under Stripe Pro Addon.

Install Stripe Pro addon

The addon will install and activate in just a few seconds.

Once we’ve installed the addon, we’ll need to connect our Stripe account in the main WPForms settings area. This is super easy, and you’ll only have to do it once as we show in the next step.

Step 3. Connect WPForms with Stripe

From the WordPress admin area, hover your cursor over WPForms in the sidebar and then click on Settings.

Opening the WPForms settings

When the setting page opens, click on the Payments tab.

WPForms payments tab

Now, scroll down to find the Stripe connection button. Click on Connect With Stripe to proceed.

Connect with stripe

You’ll now find yourself on the Stripe login page. If you already have a Stripe account, you can simply enter your login details to connect with Stripe.

WPForms Stripe account

You can also create a new Stripe account here if you’d like.

Once you’re connected, return to the WPForms payments screen. At this point, you should see your Stripe Connection Status turn green to confirm that you’re connected.

Stripe connection status

If you want, you can use test mode first to run a few test payments and ensure everything works. You can simply use the Test Mode checkbox to toggle in and out of it.

Step 4: Create Your Recurring Payment Form

In this step, we’ll create a donation form that takes a recurring monthly payment. The steps are basically the same for any kind of order, subscription, or donation form.

First, go to WPForms » Add New to create a new form.

Add new WordPress form

Type in a name for your form at the top. We’ll call our form Recurring Donation.

Naming a form

Next, you can pick one of the 800+  templates included in WPForms Pro.

There are several donation templates to choose from, and you can use any of them to take recurring payments. For our example, we’ll use the regular Donation Form template.

WPForms donation templates

This is what our donation form looks like before customizing any of the form fields.

The WPForms Donation Form template

You can drag fields over from the left-hand panel to add them to your form. And if you want to customize a field, just click on it and edit the settings.

Editing field options for a donation form

WPForms doubles as a powerful WordPress Stripe plugin because it lets you accept multiple payment methods, including credit cards, Google Pay, and Apple Pay with Stripe. All of these payment options make it super easy for customers or donors to pay the way they want to.

Go ahead and tweak your form until it works the way you want. For help with this, check out our full tutorial on creating a nonprofit donation form in WordPress.

Step 5: Customize Your Payment Form Fields

Now it’s time to add the payment fields for recurring billing in WordPress. WPForms makes this super easy. You’ll need to have:

  1. At least one ‘items’ field (Single Item, Multiple Items, or Dropdown Items)
  2. A Stripe Credit Card field.

And that’s it.

On our donation form, we already have a Donation Amount field, which is a Single Item field. But it still needs a Stripe Credit Card field to accept credit card details from visitors.

So we’ll drag and drop the Stripe Credit Card field located under the Payment Fields section.

Adding a Stripe Credit Card field to a form

That’s all you need to do! Now your form has a credit card field for payments.

In the next step, you can use conditional logic in your Stripe payment settings to tell WPForms whether to process a one-time payment or a recurring payment depending on user selections.

Great! All we need to do now is set up Stripe on your recurring payment form.

Step 6: Configure Recurring Payments With Stripe

Now let’s edit your form settings so that each entry creates a new subscription payment. In the form builder, click Payments to start.

Opening the form builder Payments settings

Next, click Stripe to open up the payment settings for your form.

Select Stripe in payments

On the right-hand side, you’ll see the payment settings in the form builder. Let’s toggle on the option labeled Enable Stripe payments.

Enabling Stripe payments

Next, let’s scroll down to Subscriptions and toggle on the option labeled Enable recurring subscription payments.

Enabling Stripe recurring payments

The settings underneath will apply to the recurring payments through Stripe:

  • Plan Name: Type in a descriptive name that your customer will recognize.
  • Recurring Period: Use the dropdown to choose how often people will be billed. You can choose a weekly, monthly, or yearly billing interval.
  • Customer Email: Select the customer’s email address for the recurring payment notification emails.

how to accept recurring credit card payments

All set? Click Save at the top.

Step 7: Let Users Choose Between One-Time or Recurring Payments (Optional)

If you’re a Pro user with the Stripe Pro addon activated, you can give users the extra freedom to choose between one-time or recurring payments through the same form.

This is totally optional but allows you to attract all kinds of donors and customers because they can set their own payment preferences.

To do this, you’ll want to add a dropdown field to your form with 2 different choices: one-time or recurring.

Creating a Dropdown field to let users choose between one-time and recurring payments

Then go back to Payments » Stripe. Under the Subscriptions settings, toggle on the Enable Conditional Logic option.

Enabling conditional logic for recurring payments with Stripe

Then set up the dropdowns to read, Process this payment as recurring if “Would you like to make a recurring donation?” is “Yes, I’ll donate monthly.”

Setting up a conditional logic rule for recurring Stripe payments

Now the payments made through this form will only be charged monthly if the user selects that option from the dropdown. Don’t forget to save your changes!

Remember: if you’re a Lite, Basic, or Plus user, you can only either accept recurring payments or one-time payments from the same form.

Step 8: Publish Your Recurring Payment Form

Before adding your donation form to your WordPress website, make sure to test it to make sure everything processes correctly. For help with this, we have documentation walking you through how to test Stripe payments before accepting actual payments.

Now you can publish your form!

To start, hit the Embed button at the top of the form builder.

Embed form

Click Create New Page in the popup that appears.

Embed in new page

And finally, type in a name for your new WordPress page and click Let’s Go.

Embedding a donation form on a new page

Check that your page is ready to go live, then hit the blue Publish button.

Publish recurring payments form in WordPress

Now you’re ready to start taking payments for your subscription plans, services, or donations.

To view payments that you’ve collected in your WordPress dashboard, simply go to WPForms » Payments.

This screen gives you a complete summary of your payments allowing you to track your earnings or donations effortlessly.

WPForms payments chart

And that’s it!

Now you can take recurring card payments in WordPress without any hassle.


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