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WordPress Simple Membership Add Members Manually shows you how to add new members to your site manually.

Last Updated: July 17, 2019

Latest News: I updated the information below.

There are times when you might have a list of members you wish to add to your site manually. The following instructions shows you how to add new members to your site manually without having to register the members via the registration form. These instructions are simple for anyone to follow.

Note: When you create an account manually from the admin end and later you want the user to pay for a subscription, make sure the user logs into his/her account then pay for the subscription using the subscription button created inside the plugin.

If you want you can also import members from a CSV file. Click on the following URL simple-membership-bulk-import-member-data-csv-file to learn more.

WordPress Simple Membership Plugin Add Members Manually

Step 1 )  Go to WP Membership -> Members to start adding new members manually and it also allows you to manage members already added. See image below.


Step 2 )  The following image Add Members shows you the fields available for you to fill out when adding new members to your site. 

Note: Username, E-mail and Password are required fields.

Members Fields

  • Username (required)
  • E-mail (required)
  • Password (twice, required) = Hint: The password should be at least seven characters long. To make it stronger, use upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols like ! ” ? $ % ^ & ).
  • Account Status = Refer to Step 2-a ) below.
  • Membership Level = This will show all membership levels currently available in your site. These are the membership levels you have created. Note: You might want to read more about adding membership levels to your site.
  • Access Starts = This will show you a calendar. Refer to Step 2-b ) below.
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  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Gender
  • Phone
  • Street
  • City
  • State
  • Zipcode
  • Country
  • Company
  • Member Since = This will show you a calendar. Refer to Step 2-c ) below.
  • Click on Add New Member button when you complete filling out the fields for your member.


Account status

Step 2-a ) The following image Account Status allows you to select the status for the current account. There are four different status available for the membership account.

Membership Account Status


Access Starts

Step 2-b ) The following image Access Starts allows you to select the date the membership will begin for the new member. The calendar makes it very easy to add a start date for your member.


Member Since

Step 2-c ) The following image Member Since allows you to set up the period the person has been a member of your site.


Add Members Manually

When members are added manually to your membership site they are also added to WP Users. It is important to keep this in mind, it will help you understand when you enable other features of the plugin.

For example: If you decide to enable hide Adminbar in the Settings, you will also need to know what role is assigned to each member added.

The following is an example of adding two members to your site and assigning two different User roles.

Step 3 ) The following image Members displays two members added to the website and set as active.

Members Added

  • test1 = this member belongs to Free Membership level.
  • manu = this member belongs to Admin Access Level.


Step 4 ) The following image Users -> All Users displays the 2 members also added in Users in WP admin panel.

Users Added

  • manu = this user has an Administrator role.
  • test1 = this user has a Subscriber role.


Step 5 ) The following describes what happens every time you add members to the website and assigned one of the following membership levels.

  • Free Membership Level = these members are assigned to the Subscriber user role in the site.
  • Admin Access Level = these members are assigned to the Administrator user role in the site.

Note: In your case you might have multiple membership levels and assigned different User roles to each membership level.


Q1 = I have the Simple Membership plugin setup and working perfectly with protected pages. Everything is working as it should except for one issue. I want to manually approve free members after they register. I have default account setting to ‘Pending’ however when a user verifies their email the account is automatically approved and they can view members content.

Answer: = Make sure you have not enabled Email Activation for the Free membership level in question.


That is all you need to do to add new members to your site manually.

Click on the following URL Make Site Semi Private to continue with the settings.

If you have any questions please let me know.


Simple Membership Plugin Tutorial List:

Manuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

  7 Responses to “WordPress Simple Membership Add Members Manually”

  1. Manuel,

    I installed Simple Membership Plugin; the plug was working ok. However, recently a member needed to reset his password. Since, I didn’t recall testing that functionality; I created an account and and after logging-in ( I don’t recall logging-out); on a different machine I reset the password. However, when I tried to login with the new password; I am getting this “password empty or invalid”. I am stumped.

    • Hi Sam, try the following. Make sure you clear the browser cache. If you are using a cache plugin in your site, make sure you clear the cache as well.


  2. Manuel,

    Thank you for response. That is what I was suspecting earlier. But I am getting the same result even with a different browsers on a different machine. I will check if the host company does cache. I really liked this plugin when it works.

    Thank you,

    • Hi Sam, let me know what your host says. If they say they don’t use any caching system, then try the following.

      Carry out the same test you mentioned in your previous reply above. But this time make sure you are logged out from the site in either browser. Another words pretend that you are a member visiting the site and decides to reset the password. After the password has been reset and confirmed, make sure you clear your browser cache. Then carry out a login test with the new password. Let me know what happens.

      One more question, are you currently using CDN services?


  3. Manuel,

    Thank you, I followed your direction to the teeth and it is working perfect. As you said, it is a cache. No, I don’t use CDN services. This is a small site that I help build for a group in need of communal place to help each other in time communal events like funeral, weeding, etc. I have a different day job and have some extra time on my hand, which I tried to spend it working on something beside my day job–building sites for right now!
    FYI: I did kept the site as inactive until I did this.
    Thank you,

    • Hi Sam, I am glad to hear that you solved your issue. Well done.

      Let me know if you need more help. Enjoy the plugin.

      Kind regards

  4. Manuel,

    After clearing the cache per your instruction it is working perfect; as it was meant to be.

    Thank you,

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