Saas · Payments

Building a SaaS Application - Member Management and Payments


April 9th, 2013

Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to navigate member management and payment options for a SaaS application I'm building.  Here's what I'm trying to accomplish -

1 - Allow users to register using Google credentials
2 - Sign up for a service tier, choosing 1 of 3 tiers of service
3 - Making annual or monthly payments, based on chosen tier of service

I'm currently leaning toward a WordPress-based front-end, with a custom-built plug-in for the PHP application that's being built.  Options I'm leaning toward at the moment include -

S2 Member for member management
Moonclerk (with Stripe) for payment management

What I'm really trying to figure out is what and how many tools I need to manage the members, and then process payments.  I'm liking Stripe for the payment gateway, Moonclerk seems to add functionality to manage the payments I need to accept.  Is S2 member right for member management or are there other options I should consider?


Matt Mireles

April 9th, 2013

Look at Woocommerce. It's free and they have paid extensions to do exactly what you want. --

Parul Singh Seed Stage Investor at Founder Collective

June 12th, 2013

This is an awesome thread.  Thanks for the tips and resources, guys.  

Among the MIT startups I know, I got very strong recommendations for Stripe.  We may do Moonclerk w/ Stripe so we can get up and running fast.  Again, thanks.


June 12th, 2013

Parul, glad you found this conversation helpful!  I'd love to hear how Moonclerk w/Stripe works out for you, as that's what I'm leaning toward as well, however am probably a month out from implementing it.

Nathaniel Dean SaaS Sales Executive

April 9th, 2013

Some other options for membership software: 


-Wishlist member 

-DAP (

Disclaimer that I don't have experience with any of them; I've just researched options for a project I'm working on.  Each have slightly different features/functionality but I believe they can all be used with Wordpress.  Hope that helps!  

Paul Travis Multifaceted Online Executor: Product Marketing to Program Mgmt. to Business Development

April 9th, 2013

Christopher, good questions:

I own DAP and -- though the functionality is broad -- the UI is outdated and challenging.  I bought it before Woocommerce was available so I can't comment on that.

I also tried s2member/free and have a virtual assistant who swears s2member/Pro does 98% of what DAP does -- with much greater ease.

Finally, I too like Stripe -- two options to consider are Braintree and  A local fellow David Busby put together this comparison:


April 13th, 2013

Thanks, everyone, for all of the suggestions!  I'll add a post to this thread with my decision (when I get there!) and some of the analysis I did to come to it, in the hope that it may assist others in making similar choices.