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I'm in a bit of a weird spot. We have a product in the members area that is a 9 week group study course. Because we want the user to purchase the course for each group that goes through it, we don't want to charge a single access fee with full access forever. I was going to go with the subscription plan and charge for 6 months, which will give plenty of time for the group to go through the study. However, I don't want it to automatically renew their subscription after 6 months (because they don't necessarily need it. Is there a way to turn off auto-renewal or let me charge a one-time fee with a time limit for access? 

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58 minutes ago, TMSJon said:

we don't want to charge a single access fee with full access forever. I was going to...charge for 6 months. However, I don't want it to automatically renew their subscription after 6 months. Is there a way to turn off auto-renewal or let me charge a one-time fee with a time limit for access?

No, you cannot charge a one-time fee and limit access for a set period of time. You can do one or the other:

  • Members who pay on a recurring basis (weekly, monthly, or yearly) can only access the member area for as long as they continue to pay. 
  • Members who pay a fixed amount for membership will have membership indefinitely. You can manually cancel someone's membership but they will lose access to the gated content in your member area immediately.

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On 11/9/2023 at 4:40 PM, kak said:

Is there a plugin that fixes this issue?

This is the way Squarespace is designed to work. It isn't possible to change this with a plugin.

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@paul2009 I have the same concern : I would like to offer a digital course, one time payment and to expire after one year. I don't want my clients to be charged automatically after 12 months...

If I choose Subscription, price it at $60, repeat after Year, the column for selecting the number of year is inactive. Is that mean the subscription will end after 1 year? I'm not sure if it's a bug or intended to work like this... 

See the attached screen capture.

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1 minute ago, annie_mwm said:

I would like to offer a digital course, one time payment and to expire after one year. I don't want my clients to be charged automatically after 12 months...

You can have a one-time payment that doesn't expire, or you can have a recurring subscription. You cannot have a one-time payment that expires.

3 minutes ago, annie_mwm said:

If I choose Subscription, price it at $60, repeat after Year, the column for selecting the number of year is inactive. Is that mean the subscription will end after 1 year?

No. This is greyed out because subscriptions must renew at least once per year. You cannot renew every 2 or 3 years.

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