The CRED plugin enables the creation of forms to register users from your website’s front-end. Using both WooCommerce and CRED Commerce plugins, you can also sell user registration. This enables you to create membership sites and sell subscriptions to your site’s services, as well as to implement anything else that requires charging payments for user registration.
This document explains how to charge for user registration on a membership site. The information provided here can be adjusted to suit any other type of site that involves charging for user registration.
To enable the charging of user registration on your site, three plugins are used:
- WooCommerce – Creates the product that we want to sell. In our example, it is the membership. We also use it to set up payment options and all other related e-commerce settings.
- CRED – Creates the front-end user registration forms.
- CRED Commerce – Connects the CRED user registration forms with WooCommerce and automatically creates orders when users submit the forms on the front-end.
1. Setting correct WooCommerce account-creation options
Since CRED will be in charge of creating the newly registered user accounts, it is important to set the correct account-creation options in WooCommerce settings.
|In the WordPress administration, go to the WooCommerce -> Settings page and click the Accounts tab.
Deselect both options in the Enable Registration section and select both options in the Account Creation section.
2. Setting up the membership product using WooCommerce
To charge for membership, a product must first be created for it.
To use WooCommerce in your site, you will need to set up additional options for it, such as payment gateways and currency. If you are new to WooCommerce, please first read about configuring WooCommerce settings.
3. Creating the CRED User Form for registration
We must now create the actual form that will enable user registration on the front-end. If you are new to CRED, you can find detailed information on setting up user forms with CRED in our online guide here.
|In the form’s Settings section, select Create new user and define the user role that will be assigned to the user’s registration.
Make sure to select the Go to checkout page for After user submits this form option.
|Build your user form by adding user metadata and custom fields to it. The easiest way to build your form is by using the Auto-generate User Form button.
Read more on how to build user forms with CRED.
|Add an email notification to your form. This is especially important if you are using the options to auto-generate the username, password and/or nickname, because it provides the users with a way to receive this information.
Important options are to:
Read more on how to add email notifications to user forms.
4. Setting the CRED Commerce options to charge for registration
Now that we have set up both the WooCommerce product and our user registration form, we can connect them together using the CRED Commerce plugin.
Front-end results and what users will see
Now that we have set up everything in our site, we now view what users will see on the front-end and what occur on your website regarding the order and user registration.
1. Users register on the front-end using the CRED form
|In this section, the user can set their username, password, email address, and all the information entered in the registration form.|
2. After submitting the form, users are navigated to the checkout section
3. After submitting the checkout form, the order for the purchase is automatically created by WooCommerce.
4. After submitting the checkout form, users are redirected to the payment service
In our case, users are taken to the secure PayPal page, where they can finalize the payment by providing their payment information.
This stage of the order process depends on the payment options provided by the checkout page and the final payment option that the customer chooses. In each case, they are finally navigated to the Order Received page, such as the ‘thank-you’ page.
5. After payment is completed, users are navigated to the Order Received page.
|The Order Received page summarizes the order details, a cost of the bought product, customer details, etc.|
6. After the payment completes, the new user is registered on the site.
Finally, after payment is completed, the order is marked as Complete and the user is registered on the site.
Marking the order as complete
Please note that, with some payment options, such as PayPal, the order will not be automatically marked as Complete after the user pays for the product. You will receive the automatic payment email notification and invoice from WooCommerce; however, you will need to manually mark the order as Complete.
Third-party plugins exist that resolve this issue and automatically mark the orders Complete, such as the WooCommerce – Autocomplete Order plugin.