Getting Started With FastSpring
FastSpring includes functionality to set up a complete store experience using Web Storefronts or integrate some features into your current website with Store Builder Library.
Use the FastSpring App to create your Storefronts and all associated attributes, including products, prices, and promotions.
Stores and Storefronts
- When you sign up at https://fastspring.com/sign-up/, you get a new account with one Store.
- FastSpring Support can create additional Stores in your account if needed.
- Your FastSpring Store can consist of one or more Storefronts.
- Defines your products, offers, promotions, email design, default currency, and other major settings.
- Defines the web interface presented to customers with options to override many Store settings.
- Has a distinct URL (usually similar to https://example.test.onfastspring.com/).
- Can be very different than other Storefronts in the same Store, depending on the type of checkout process used.
- Can be Online and accessible through a test or live URL or Offline and accessible only through a test URL.
- See Ways To Checkout With FastSpring, When to use Multiple Storefronts, and Test your FastSpring Store
Products and Variations
A Product in your FastSpring store is a sellable item that can be added to the cart and checked out. Products are defined at the Store level. Any product in the Store can be purchased through any Storefront and accessed through the FastSpring API and Store Builder Library.
- Products have a title, description, and a price defined in multiple currencies with optional discounts.
- Subscriptions are products that typically involve future charges to the customer, either on an automatic interval or on demand, and do not require the customer to re-enter payment information.
- Bundles group multiple products together for a predefined amount, either for convenience or to discount the group compared to each item purchased separately.
Product Variations allow you to create a clone of your product and only change specific details such as price or description. Variations are useful when you want to use the original product and fulfillment with a discount or some other adjustment.
Offers and Options
- Product Offers: Display cross-sell and upsell suggestions for your customers.
- Product Options: In Web Storefronts, Product Options appear as subordinate or dependent items indented below the triggering products rather than as separate line items.
Subscription management and billing
- Learn about subscription management and recurring billing options
- See how to create and manage subscriptions in the FastSpring App
Payment and tax options
- FastSpring provides secure global payment processing for all popular payment methods in 15+ languages and 20+ currencies
- FastSpring handles tax collection, including US state sales taxes and Value-Added Tax (VAT) net pricing mode or VAT gross pricing mode
- You control how to get paid from FastSpring with many transfer methods and currency options
Support and fulfillment for your customers
- FastSpring Consumer Support helps your customers with all aspects of purchasing, payment, and fulfillment of licenses or activation
- FastSpring fulfillment options include complete delivery of your digital products with file downloads, license distribution, and customizable fulfillment notifications
- Customize your Web Storefront or Popup Storefront
- FastSpring for in-app purchases: Cross-platform embedded store SDKs for Mac and Windows allow end users to make a purchase directly from your software or apps
- Optimization: FastSpring Extensions include web analytics and other tools to help you optimize your shopping cart and conversions.
- See Ways to check out with FastSpring