October 22, 2014

Paywhirl – Process Recurring Payments

As SaaS products have become increasingly ubiquitous, the need for more straightforward recurring payment technology has grown. Paywhirl is a solution that provides online businesses with a way to process subscription payments with no monthly fees or contracts.

Create a vendor account with Paywhirl, and connect your account to Stripe. You can set up your Paywhirl account to accept one-time payments, or bill your subscribers manually. With Paywhirl, you also have the option to build your own custom subscription plans and automatically bill your customers at recurring intervals. This is how the majority of users will prefer using Paywhirl. The solution lets you create as many custom plans as you need. When you’re finished creating those plans, Paywhirl will provide you with an embed code for your website. Use this code to add a payments widget that’s both customizable and responsive.

Your customers can manage their own subscriptions through the Paywhirl widget that’s been embedded on your website, allowing them to do things like update their credit cards and their user profiles at any time. Paywhirl supports promo codes and coupons, and allows businesses to accept more than 80 international currencies.

Practical Uses:

  • Accept recurring payments through your website
  • Let customers manage their own subscriptions
  • Create coupons and promo codes for your customers
  • Allow your customers to pay with foreign currencies

Insider Tips:

  • Use the “Bill Everyone” feature to enable non-automatic billing
  • Generate reports as .csv files for company records
  • Customize your widget’s icons and add custom CSS
  • Paywhirl uses webhooks to allow users to receive push notifications to their accounts

What we liked:

  • Businesses can use Paywhirl to send customized welcome emails to new subscribers
  • Paywhirl doesn’t charge any monthly fees
  • Companies are able to accept one-time payments with Paywhirl
  • Paywhirl uses Stripe as its recurring payment gateway

What we didn’t like:

  • Most business owners will need a developer’s help to integrate their services with Paywhirl’s webhooks


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2014
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Santa Barbara, California
  • Founded by: Ryan Pfleger and Brandon Swift
  • Web site:


  • 1% per transaction

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