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Membership vs Subscription
Membership vs Subscription

What are the main differences between memberships and subscriptions? Start dates, end dates, statuses and more.

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Start Dates

The membership start date shows the day on which your member has participated in your organization. It's totally up to you to enter this information. It's only for your records, so you can leave it blank. 

However, the subscription start date is the date on which your membership is subscribed to a plan. It's necessary for the automated payment process and reminder emails.

The Significance Subscription Start and End Dates

A subscription start date is necessary to define the subscription period of your membership. For example, if you create your plan as "yearly", the debt for the next year will be assigned to your member on the same day. If you don't enter a specific date while your subscription is imported, the subscription start date will be the date on which you include your member in a plan.

If you enter a subscription end date, the system will not assign the debt for the new session. So, it is better to leave it blank for the automated process.

Membership/Profile Status vs. Subscription Status

Membership profile status can be "Active, Deceased, Resigned, Frozen".

It's independent of the Subscription process. A member can still be an active member even if he or she doesn't pay the subscription fee and his or her subscription status turns past due.

Subscription status can be active, past due, frozen, or canceled. This status is updated according to the payments of your members in the automated payment process.

Auto Update of Membership or Subscription Status

When an overdue payment is recovered in the automated process (the system will try to withdraw the failed payment 5 times), the subscription status will be updated automatically as active. But the membership status is totally in your control. It is independent of this automated payment process.

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