In the core PMPro plugin, members who complete checkout for their current level will automatically have an expiration date extend one additional term from their current expiration. This means that a member who would be expiring in 2 weeks can renew their annual plan today. Their new expiration date is now 54 weeks from the checkout date.

The code recipe below demonstrates how you can apply that same logic to membership level changes. I’ll also explain how you could set up two new “Extension” levels and allow members to buy a 30 or 60 day extension.

About the Recipe

The recipe below will apply all of the core logic to add the remaining time on the member’s current level to their new level. Members on a “Bronze” plan with two months remaining can upgrade to your “Gold” annual plan and immediately access all “Gold” level content. Their expiration date will be set for 1 year + 2 months from the checkout date.

Extending membership (or not) is a decision you as the membership site owner needs to figure out. In the scenario above, the member will be getting two “discounted” months of your top membership level. Without the code recipe, that same member will, in theory, “lose” two months of their current membership.

You’ll need to choose what fits for your project. Just have your explanation ready if a customer ever asks what happened to those 2 lost months of membership.

Without extension logic, member will lose 2 months.
Without extension logic, member will lose 2 months.

Changing levels and extending membership
With extension logic, the member can change levels and extend their membership expiration.

The Code Recipe

This code recipe requires a Plus Account or higher.

View Membership Options

Using this method for a 30 or 60 day membership extension.

In order to allow members to purchase an extension, you’ll need to create one or two new membership levels with the appropriate expiration date. This extension can be priced as a direct monthly rate based on your annual plan pricing OR you can price it a little bit higher. Most sites offer a discount on annual membership and bump prices for users that pay monthly.

You can hide these levels from the Membership Levels page using the “levels” attribute of the shortcode in the Advanced Levels Page Add On documented here.

When a user completes checkout for one of these two 30 or 60 day “extension levels”, it will add those days to their current plan and push the expiration date out for the appropriate time period.

Purchasing a 30 day membership extension
Purchasing a 30 day membership extension

What about members that move to a recurring membership?

Remember, Paid Memberships Pro has built-in membership extension logic for all users that renew their fixed-term membership. This means that if I am on a fixed 1 year membership on your site that expires in 14 days, I can check out for the same plan and extend my membership one year PLUS 14 days from now. No custom code is required for this to work.

If a member with expiration in 14 days completes checkout for a new annual subscription plan (no expiration, automatic renewals), their membership and renewal date will begin immediately with no “extension”.

Jason Coleman

This code recipe was written by our very own Jason Coleman.

Comments (5)

Hello, I need help with a problem that I have encountered, on my website I have created 4 levels, 1 free, 2 monthly vip, 3 quarterly vip, 4 annual vip, the problem I have is that when a user does not renew and passes it the date to renew is still a vip member, with this it continues to have access to all the content of the web without restrictions, the problem is that I want that if a vip user does not renew or cancel it becomes a free level, I see that if I from the worpdress user panel I put a date for it to expire maintains that level, if from the user profile vip cancels the subscription it runs out of level, can you help me with this? Greetings.

So once you upload and activate the customization:
1) Where do we set the membership extension (15 days) and it’s price? Where do we place this (short)code it so it’s not available for non-members when they are perusing the memberships/levels page? Otherwise a non-member would just get the 15 day membership instead of the 3 months.
2) And where does the “member” who has a 3 month membership go to extend their membership by say “15 days”?

And how is this customization different than the so-called “built in membership extension” if a user checks out for the same level?

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