Google Checkout Now Works for Subscriptions

By: Chris Crum - March 20, 2009

Google Checkout is now offering a way for users to sell subscriptions. This is a feature that has apparently been requested quite heavily.

"Merchants will now have the ability to sell products and services that require recurring billing using our API," explains Software Engineer Andrew Cunningham. "So if you’re already comfortable building your own carts using Checkout, you’re ready to implement Subscriptions by consulting the documentation."

In processing subscriptions through Google Checkout, each billing recurrence is a new order. Users can use the Google-Handled Subscriptions option to let Google handle the details or the Merchant-Handled Subscriptions option to maintain more control.

Google Checkout Subscriptions

In other Google Checkout news, Google has made its installation easier for osCommerce. "We’ve completely reworked the installation process by no longer requiring users to manually copy and paste large swaths of PHP code into their files," explains Ed Davisson on the Google Checkout Blog.

"Instead, we’ve created an automated deployment app that does this for you by looking for the appropriate PHP insertion points and adding the code where it’s needed," he continues. "This should ease concerns about lines of PHP getting copied into the wrong place. If you want to learn more about the installation process, you can take a look at our documentation that contains a step-by-step walkthrough with screenshots showing exactly how it works."

Google has also simplified the post-deployment configuration. The most important fields are now grouped together for easier accessibility. The others have been moved to a detailed control panel.

It’s good to see Google Checkout is at least making some improvements soon after it raised fees for users. That went down earlier this month. You can read about it here.

Chris Crum

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  • Joseph


    too bad it took so long, but glad to see its here now!

    I know of a few people that have been waiting for this !

  • Amazingroamer

    When is Google Checkout will be available for Australia? Why is it only for the US? Is Google thinking about bringing it down-under or it will never happen?

  • Newscontent

    Several of our clients have pulled off the Google Checkout coding from their sites as it is simply to expensive now. Whilst a couple of them would certainly have used this new subscriptions feature, the competetion already offers this at a cheaper price.

  • SEO Acuity

    We have used google feed and google checkout on many os commerce sites with great success. Nice to see more improvements.

  • Ekene

    I want to know why google is restricting the checkout services to the US and few other countries or are they taking the part of paypal.

    Nigerians doing business online can’t use paypal and now google is doing the same thing. I think they are leaving money on the table. Let them find out how much Yahoo is making from Nigeria companies that target yahoo mail users from Nigeria.

  • Bob Garon

    Ok so how in the world do I set this up? I am used to Paypal and it does everything for me. I don’t know coding.

    Please help. I need it to be easy, but Paypal doesn’t seem to be working properly.