When it comes to subscription based websites, be it a subscription box website or a system that accepts recurring payments, there are options to consider and we have implemented several for some of our clients. You can either opt-in and build a whole new system custom coded for your specific needs, or a semi-automated system on WordPress, or sign up with a service like cratejoy.com. each of these options has its advantages and disadvantages. A system built from scratch will have a heavy cost and if you are trying to get to a minimum viable product (MVP) and test the idea, then you probably would want to consider setting up the website through WordPress or CrateJoy.com.
WordPress will give you flexibility in terms of design and functionality and layout and checkout process, but it will need to be connected to a payment processor and the subscriber management would have to be coded either from scratch or you would need to adjust to realities of some plugins, which is not bad to start the business but in the long is not sustainable solution for the management portion.
Cratejoy.com on the other hand will provide both the billing, shipping and the subscriber management tools, while the design and layout infrastructure would need to be implemented within preset templates that have limitations and will not give you enough flexibility or control over the subscription processes of your own website.
Contact us, and we would be happy to discuss your business model and advise you on different options available.