Introducing Subscription Quantity to Improve Per Seat Billing

By Rob Hudson, 08 Mar 2018, in product

We’ve just made it much easier to manage per seat billing, a popular subscription type used by the likes of Slack, Salesforce or Todoist, whereby you charge companies based on how many people use your product.

You could already use per seat billing with our platform thanks to subscription modifiers. If a customer was using 20 seats and wanted to upgrade to 50, you’d calculate the price difference and modify the cost of their plan on the fly - taking effect at the next billing period.

With subscription quantity, this change can take effect immediately which means you get your earnings instantly. We can also prorate it for you, handling on your behalf the complex calculations to ensure that users only pay for what they use.

The quantity is also visible on the checkout, which provides additional clarity to your customers.

Subscription Quantity Checkout

We’ve built subscription quantity with flexibility and customization in mind:

  • It works both for the first purchase, and on a recurring basis - allowing you to seamlessly upgrade customers from one seat to a thousand
  • The quantity can be modified by the user if you use Paddle.js to load the checkout
  • You can adjust the quantity on the fly via our API The subscription quantity is sent in alert webhooks and can also be retrieved via our Subscription List Users API, which lets you customize your subscription billing as you want
  • You can override the price to offer a volume discount or a specific customer price by amending the quantity whilst reducing the recurring price

In practical terms it’s worth noting that subscriptions will need to be fulfilled by alert webhooks, and that Subscription Quantity is not yet compatible with Devmate.

To get started, read the docs or contact us if you want more custom advice on your subscription billing!

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