Manual/Offline Payment

Manual/Offline Settings

Once the plugin is activated, navigate to Paid Member Subscriptions -> Settings -> Payments where you’ll find Manual/Offline as the Active Payment Gateway.

Make sure to check the payment gateways you want to use on your site. You can also set up a default payment gateway for accepting member payments.

Paid Member Subscriptions Payments Settings that we can set up:

  • Test Mode – By checking this option you will be able to use Paid Member Subscriptions with Test Accounts from your payment processors.
  • Currency – Select your currency. Please note that some payment gateways can have currency restrictions
  • Currency Position – Select whether the currency symbol should appear before the price or after the price.
  • Price Display Format – You can select how prices should be displayed (with or without decimals).
  • Active Payment Gateways – Select which Payment Gateways are active on your domain.
  • Default Payment Gateway – Select which Payment Gateway is selected by default inside the Registration form
  • Allow Subscription Downgrades – By checking this option, you are allowing members to downgrade their subscription plan to a lower one from the same tier.
  • Allow Subscription Change – By checking this option, you are allowing members to change their subscription to one from another tier.

Payment Processing

When a user subscribes for a plan through the Manual / Offline payment gateway, his account will be created immediately but his subscription will be pending until it is confirmed by an administrator. This means that the user can login, but he cannot access restricted content.

The admin can complete payments from the Paid Member SubscriptionsPayments page, by hovering over a particular pending payment and clicking on the Complete Payment link.

After a payment is marked as completed, the customers subscription will be activated automatically as well.

Redirect after a manual payment

When opting for this payment method, the user needs to manually pay using your desired method. In order to inform him about his next steps, you can add a redirect after registration to a custom page which can contain instructions on how to make the payment happen.

To set this up, go to Paid Member Subscriptions -> Settings -> Misc and look for the Redirect after a manual payment option. This page will be used as a redirect every time someone is selecting the Manual / Offline payment gateway.

You have to enter the full URL of the page to which you want to redirect the users.

Sign-up fee

The sign-up Fee represents the amount that you can charge people upfront when subscribing to a Subscription Plan.

To setup the Sign-up Fee option go to Paid Member Subscriptions -> Subscription Plans -> Edit your Subscription Plan -> Setup Sign-up Fee.

Based on the example below users will need to pay $70 for the Gold plan and also the $10 Sign-up Fee.

Paid Member Subscriptions - Subscription Plans - Sing-up Fee

Free Trial

The free trial functionality allows consumers to try out the subscription plan for free for a limited time period, after which payment will be required.

Paid Member Subscriptions - Subscription Plans - Free Trial

Based on the example above users will receive a 1 Month Free Trial if they purchase the Silver Plan. After the expiration of the Subscription Plan users will be able to renew manually the plan from their Account.


You can send custom emails for the Manual/Offline payment gateway when a pending payment is added. This can be another way to let the user know about what he needs to do next in order to pay and also it helps the admin see the new pending payments that are coming in.

Go to Paid Member Subscriptions-> Settings-> E-mails-> Member Email -> Pending Manual Payment Email. You can set an email to be sent to the new members, for example, you can send an email with your bank details.

Go to Paid Member Subscriptions-> Settings-> E-mails-> Administrator Email-> Pending Manual Payment Email. Administrators can receive an email notifying them that they have a new member for whom payment must be approved.

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