Setup Bold Subscriptions


Please note that this article only relates to Version 1 of Bold Subscriptions. If you have Version 2 of Bold Subscriptions installed on your store, please visit Subscriptions V2 Overview.

If you are unsure of which version of Bold Subscriptions that you have currently installed, please visit Bold Subscriptions V1 & V2 Comparison.


Looking to get Bold Subscriptions V1 set-up and running? Follow this comprehensive step-by-step guide and you will soon be ready to launch your subscription service.

Let's get started!




As of November 2nd, 2020 - Version 1 of Bold Subscriptions will not be available for installation through the Shopify app store.

To learn more about the available Version 2 of Bold Subscriptions, please visit our Setup article, here!

For more information on how to tell which version of Bold Subscriptions you are currently running on your Shopify store, please visit our Bold Subscriptions V1 & V2 Comparison article.

Bold Subscriptions V1 has two price plans which are currently available: The Essentials plan, and Advanced plan. For more information on the features included within these two plans, please visit our Bold Subscriptions V1 App Overview.

When Subscriptions V1 is installed to your store, it will default to the Essentials plan.

To adjust which plan your store is currently on, please follow these steps:

  1. From within the Bold Subscriptions V1 app, select Settings.
  2. Select Account & Billing.
  3. Select Upgrade Plan, then select the Advanced plan.

If your store is currently on a free trial, upgrading to the Advanced plan will not affect this trial on your store. 

 Please visit Pricing and Transaction fees' for more information on Bold Subscriptions V1 billing.

Bold Subscriptions V1 requires that Liquid code be added to your Shopify theme in order to work properly. This includes making sure the widget appears on your product pages, and that orders complete properly.


The liquid code installation must be completed to properly use the Bold Subscriptions app.

There are three options for completing this installation on your store:

  1. Automatic Install - This option automatically adds the Bold Subscriptions V1 code to your theme. 
  2. Expert Install - Have one of Bold's experts add the code to your store manually.
  3. Manual Install - View our step-by-step guide to manually add all of the Bold Subscriptions V1 code to your theme. 

For more information on completing each step, please visit our Installation Guide for Bold Subscriptions V1.

Bold Subscriptions V1 processes its own payments, separate from your Shopify checkout. This is done by attaching a payment gateway to properly accept these payments.


Before moving forward, please ensure that you have an account with one of our supported payment gateways. Some gateways can take between 7-10 business days before the account is approved, so we recommend completing this step as soon as possible.

For more information, please visit our article on Connecting a Payment Gateway to Bold Subscriptions V1.

Currently, there are three main cart modes to choose from which will impact how subscriptions are presented on your storefront.

There are unique functionalities that each mode offers. Please review each, and find which one is best suited for your needs. These options are:

  • Single Cart Mode - Direct your customers to your checkout automatically after selecting one subscription product.
  • Multiple Cart Mode - Let your customers add multiple different subscription products to their cart before proceeding to the checkout.
  • Recurring Cart Mode - Let your customers subscribe to a whole cart of products at a time.

To change the cart mode within the Bold Subscriptions app, please follow these steps:

  1. From within the Bold Subscriptions V1 app, select Subscriptions.
  2. Select Cart Mode.
  3. Select which Cart Mode you would like to enable on your store.
  4. Select OK on the warning that appears to proceed.

For more information, please visit our Cart Modes in Bold Subscriptions V1 article.

The Subscription options setup will be different depending on which cart mode you selected in the previous step. 

If you choose to operate in Single or Multiple products mode, you will need to configure your subscription groups. This involves selecting products and criteria that will define the rules of your subscriptions.

For more information, please visit our V1 Subscription Types Overview article.

Once the installation is complete, you are able to connect to our test payment gateway to create a test order on your store. This will help you see what your customer sees' in terms of customization, the Manage Subscription page, etc.

Visit our page on Creating a Test Order with Bold Subscriptions V1 for more information on completing this step.

Bold Commerce recommends reviewing the app's default settings before launching your subscriptions on your store. This will give you the opportunity to customize email templates, language settings, and display settings to your liking.

Visit our Subscriptions Features Overview for more information on adjusting the in-app settings.

If you're looking to offer incentives such as "Subscribe and Save!" offers, please visit our Discounts in Bold Subscriptions V1 article to learn more about how this can be best utilized for your business modal.

Within Bold Subscriptions V1, you can customize everything from the display of the widget to the language in the checkout. You can do this to match your stores theme, or to be a vibrant stand-out option for your customers to gravitate to.

For more information, visit our Customization & Styling in Bold Subscriptions V1.

Bold Subscriptions V1 is packed with features that help both the merchant and customers manage their orders with easy. To learn more about ways about managing your inventory, refunds and cancellations, visit our Manage Subscriptions overview, here.

Track Reporting and Analytics

To see information on your future subscription orders, tracking, and financial benefit to offering this type of order - please visit the Reports & Analytics tab of Bold Subscriptions V1.

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