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Products, Bundles and Subscriptions

Overview

This article provides information on Products, Bundles and Subscriptions.

Overview

This article provides information on Products, Bundles and Subscriptions

 

To achieve virtually unlimited flexibility, product attributes in the Dashboard are controlled using two distinct methods:

  • Product data and behavior, including product name, product image, price, and fulfillment options are controlled directly via the Products menu.
  • Product display, including all visual aspects of the product other than the base product image, is controlled via the Storefronts menu. 

As a result of separating the data and the display, you just set up your product information once; then you play with the way it is presented by tuning your Storefronts. You do not need to manage multiple copies of a single product to have it displayed multiple ways.

For example, if you want to control......use the following menu:
the product's nameUser-added image
the product's priceUser-added image
the product's imageUser-added image
the label of the product's action buttonUser-added image
the size of the product image on the HomepageUser-added image
the product's short descriptionUser-added image
the product's long descriptionUser-added image
the color of the product's linkUser-added image
the size of the font used for the product's linkUser-added image
which other products are offered as cross-sellsUser-added image
the placement of the product's cross-sell offeringsUser-added image

Products generally fit into one of three primary classifications:

  • Products - An individual, standalone product or service for which purchasers pay a single flat price or fee for perpetual use of the product or service
  • Bundles - A collection of individual, standalone products or services that are available for purchase at a single, combined flat price or fee for perpetual use of the products or services
  • Subscriptions - A product or service for which purchasers make more than one payment, usually on a recurring basis or a pre-defined time-limited basis (e.g. as part of a payment plan).

 

 Fulfilment options and notifications

When an order is completed, the purchased product must be “shipped” to a customer. A number of “shipping options” are available for digital products. Depending on your software or service and the licensing mechanism it uses (if any), you can instruct FastSpring to pull a license key from your server, use a key from the pre-uploaded list, or consult a third-party provider for the license key, in real-time during order processing. You can also host your product download with FastSpring, and FastSpring can serve it up to buyers as needed.

Notifications about new orders, returns, and subscription updates can be issued to you (the product's publisher) via our webhooks feature. FastSpring also sends email receipts and other related messages to your buyers via the customer notifications feature.

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