WooCommerce Memberships: Free Membership When User Registers

Would like to allow a user to get assigned to a specific membership (let’s say a “free” one, or any other membership offered which can be changed via drop down in admin area) just by registering an account. Right now a user has to go through the entire checkout process—too many steps just for a “free” membership.


• Better use of restrict content can be used and access can be granted just by a simple signup.

• Ability to A/B test different membership offers and track how many users signup.

Current Status


Last updated: July 8, 2015


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  1. Matt Dickinson says:

    This is a show stopper for me, I need a free membership tier too and just want to collect name and email (perhaps send them an email with password?)… Is there any way to get around this using custom code?

  2. Richard says:

    100% need a feature like this. Also, it would be good if you could have custom fields (that get written to the user database) that only apply to membership products.

  3. Murray Anderson-Clemence says:

    Here are a few steps to simplify checkout, but still a little lengthy. Do we really need to go through checkout?


  4. Aimee says:

    I need this too. Would anybody be interested in going in on hiring someone to create this for us?

  5. Danno says:

    So glad to have found this thread–thought I was crazy for imagining the idea! For a free membership level, there really needs to be a simple, fast way to register. (And the reason for a free membership is to upsell later, so it’s definitely in keeping with the commerce part of WooCommerce).

  6. Daniel says:

    PLZ!! A free membership option seems key to creating a nice, big community.

  7. Murray Anderson-Clemence says:

    The functionality of this plugin for developers is outrageously good, but for the last three months, I have been battling to find a better way for free members to signup without going through the checkout. My members are mostly women who like fashion and aren’t necessarily very tech minded.

    If somehow we can create life easier for free members- much similar to signing up for an email newsletter.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This would make all the difference for my potential subscribers. Please develop asap

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  10. Jarred says:

    Yes this feature is a MUST for a true membership plugin

  11. Brent says:

    Yes, especially considering the only way to pair this with WooSubscriptions is to blast your free members with constant email reminders, orders on a monthly basis. Grouped products should allow simple products to be attached to the subscriptions.

  12. SkyVerge says:

    Version 1.7 is available now with this feature! You can read more here: https://www.skyverge.com/blog/woocommerce-memberships-1-7/


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