Use Advanced Recurring Subscriptions on Wufoo Forms with Chargify Payment Integration

Hey, hey friends! We are delighted to announce that we’ve just put the finishing touches on a new payment integration with [Chargify.com](http://zfer.us/wu0xu). Now you can setup and access fairly advanced recurring payment subscriptions like assigning one price on initial submission and charging a different amount for monthly (or even yearly) periods right from your Wufoo forms.

Setting Products in Chargify for Wufoo Integration

###Easy to Set Up

Chargify is an affordable and easy to use web service that makes it a cinch to create and manage your recurring credit card payments. One thing that’s really nice about working with Chargify, is that they provide a FREE plan with more than enough features to get started including trying out how everything will work without even having to create a merchant account. For example, you can start making products and subscriptions right after logging in and all you need to make it work with Wufoo is your Chargify subdomain and API Key.

Chargify Payment Integration in Wufoo Payment Settings

On our end, you’ll need to create a form on Wufoo with a required Email address and have either a **Multiple Choice Field** or **Dropdown field** on your form that we can assign products you’ve created on Chargify to the choices of those fields. Here’s an example form we created to show you how it’ll all work and feel.

Closeup Example of Wufoo Payment Page for Chargify Integration

###Flexible

Chargify handles everything from subscriptions to reporting to email notifications, and they support a number of payment processors including [Authorize.net](http://reseller.authorize.net/application/?id=5558161), [Verisign](http://www.verisign.com/), [Braintree](http://www.braintreepaymentsolutions.com/) and [Beanstream](http://www.beanstream.com/). Chargify also allows for a lot of flexibility as to how recurring subscriptions are configured. Does your product have a setup fee? Do you want to offer a trial for free or at a discounted price? How much, how often, and for how long should your customers be billed? These are variables that Chargify accounts for and makes easy to set up.

Some Recurring Payment Configurations Now Possibe with Wufoo's Chargify Integration

Recurring billing can get pretty complicated, but Chargify helps minimize your stress with a number of [additional features](http://chargify.com/features/recurring-billing-system/), including reporting, PCI compliance, and an iPhone app. Their [dunning management tool](http://chargify.com/features/dunning-management/) is especially helpful, as it helps you minimizes the losses incurred with with failed charges, like expired or declined credit cards.

We’re really excited about this new [payment form integration](http://www.wufoo.com/payments/) and can’t wait to see what you guys do with the new capabilities. The [Grasshopper Team](http://grasshoppergroup.com/) and the guys at Chargify have been a delight to work with and we hope to see this integration get better and better as time goes on.

Comments

  • What about the 10 Million of us using Paypal for subscription payments? Will you support those within the next year or should we all learn this Chargify system that most of us haven’t explored yet?

    Thanks for the heads up. I’d rather not learn another new system like Chargify if I don’t have to.

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Richard.
  • Quite like the fact that after you get to the “start” package, from then on it’s quite a bit cheaper than paypal 😀

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Scott.
  • Changed my mind… the fact you have to select a 3rd party merchant and a 3rd party payment gateway sucks! 90% of them are USA only and i live in the UK so i can’t use those. The others i’ve never heard of and can’t accept paypal. I was under the impression that chargify were the ones processing the payments, but it don’t look that way anymore.

    Back off to paypal i think!

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Scott.
  • I don’t know what Chargify plans to support in the future, but it’s possible we’ll integrate with other recurring billing products supporting PayPal.

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Chris Campbell.
  • I’d like to see a video on how this works and how we can benefit from it – I don’t get it yet.

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Jorge Morales.
  • great but what about getting recurring billing from Authorize.net integrated? Its a bit more professional than going with another 3rd party outside of Wufoo who has no credibility yet. I mean that in the nicest way but I can’t expect a client to just hop on board with them at this time.

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Daniel Schutzsmith.
  • Jorge, we have Chargify documentation, including a video, located at http://wufoo.com/docs/merchant/chargify/.

    Daniel, Chargify does work with Authorize.net, and the reason we use Chargify instead of handling complete recurring billing inside of Wufoo is because fully handling recurring billing is a fairly complex issue that is honestly a product in itself. I can understand your concern about credibility, and Chargify is part of the Grasshopper Group (http://grasshoppergroup.com/), which has a solid track record.

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Chris Campbell.
  • @Daniel, Chargify uses Authorize.net and other gateways to do the billing. They actually do all the proper recurring logic on their end and use the merchant of your choice to do the actual transaction processing.

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Kevin Hale.
  • I think Chargify offers a great product for complex pricing models, like subscriptions with usage charges and metered billing (think web hosting company or cellular phone carrier). They have a sophisticated API…complicated too… I’ll have to do a bunch of programming and integration for even the most basic requirements like allowing customers to cancel their monthly subscription.

    On top of Wufoo and Chargify, I still need a payments gateway, and a merchant account.

    I like wufoo because it’s drop dead easy, no programing or coding at all to make cool customized forms and payment pages. Is there was an equal, one stop solution for simple recurring subscription payments?

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Ralph.
  • Hi. We use Chargify already, so this is great news for us. I’m guessing, though, that there’s no way of allowing subscribers who’ve already signed up to change their subscriptions using this integration?

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Pete Francomb.
  • Sorry, Pete, but there is no way to manage your current subscribers through Wufoo.

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Chris Campbell.
  • How does PCI compliance work then if you use the Chargify API?

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by John.
  • Thank you! I’ve been looking to start using Chargify for quite a while and was hoping that Wufoo would work out an integration Thank you!

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Jeremy.
  • I like Wufoo because it is simple and straight forward. Square (SquareUp.Com) is a merchant services system that is “Wufoo like”… Chargify is not, (between the complicated setup and the need to then integrate a 3rd party merchant services…which are a gauntlet in themselves. So I don’t see where the synergy is. I would rather Wufoo turn out to be an “Apple” then a “Walmart”.

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Steve Nenninger.
  • Handling payments is pretty core stuff IMO. A requirement to us US based services that don’t meet EU data protection requirments, adds additional expense and complexitiy isn’t exactly a coup.

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Ray.
  • Any plans to develop form integration with other recurring billing services, like Recurly or Cheddargetter? My customer base is relatively small, so jumping right to the $100/month tier with Chargify isn’t very attractive.

    Love this addition….well done!

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Eric.
  • $100/month for Chargify, and a new merchant account fee too? THIS IS CRAZY!

    Get PayPal integration to WORK!

    Thanks!

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by John Fothergill, Jr..
  • Recurring Billing with Paypal Please!

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Josh.
  • Yes, I wish for recurring billing with paypal also….please please.

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Violet.
  • Ditto. Please implement a recurring billing option with PayPal. If you guys had this I would be on-board in a heartbeat.

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by lorenw.
  • Just another +1 for recurring PayPal integration, I think Wufoo is great but where billing is concerned this is a shortfall. Chargify seems quite expensive unless you’re willing to commit to one of their larger packages.

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Graham Solomon.
  • PayPal STINKS. I can’t thank WuFoo enough for creating this integration with Chargify. They’re a great company and PayPal can’t even begin to compete on an ease-of-use level.

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Jeremy.
  • Just as a quick reminder (I’m sure most of you all understand this). We actually do have recurring billing integration with PayPal, if you use PayPal Standard (which involves being redirected away from the form).

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Chris Coyier.
  • This is awesome. What a powerful integration. Thank you.

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Lewis.
  • Great work, any idea if you will be adding ability for users to select chargify components? We bill a set up fee, monthly fee and also one off component fees for additional services the client selects on signup. Thanks heaps!

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Simon.
  • Hi Guys. We also would like to see an integration with Recurly. Thanks

    Posted December 13th, 2010 by Marc.

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