Troubleshooting: members remain pending

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After completing the registration process, members are typically marked as Active automatically. If your members are not being marked as Active and instead remain as Pending, this can be due to one of several common reasons.

Members that paid with PayPal

PayPal uses a system called Instant Payment Notification, or IPN, to verify payments are processed successfully before marking a member as Active. When the IPN is processing correctly, members will be marked as Active upon the return to your site. If members are not being marked as active, it's likely due to the IPN not working properly.

This is the most common reason for members to not be marked as Active. There are several steps to take in order to determine if an IPN processing failure is the culprit.

First, make sure that IPN sending is enabled inside of your PayPal account. Log into your account at  PayPal.com and navigate to the My selling tools section under your profile settings. On that screen is an option called Instant payment notifications. Click that to view your IPN settings.

Confirm that IPN sending is Enabled and that the URL is set properly. Here's an example of a properly configured IPN:

Consult our PayPal Standard  setup documentation for additional information on configuring IPN.

Note: if you are using Sandbox mode to test payments, you may need to configure the IPN inside of your PayPal Sandbox account as well.

If members are still not marked as Active after IPN has been enabled, it is possible the additional verification of IPN messages that Restrict Content Pro is failing. In Restrict > Settings > Payments is an option called Disable IPN Verification. Check this box if members are still not marked as Active. 

There are also other reasons members can remain pending when paying through PayPal.

Non-standard currency

PayPal accounts include an option to automatically (or not) accept payments made in a currency other than the account's default currency. If your account is not configured to auto accept non-default currency payments, members will remain as Pending until the payment is manually accepted inside of your PayPal account.

In the My selling tools section of your PayPal profile settings is a page for Block payments.

This page contains several options that you will want to review to ensure payments are automatically processed (or not) how you wish.

Payments not completed in PayPal

If a payment is not completed inside of your PayPal account, the associated member will remain pending. Confirm that payments are fully completed inside of PayPal if members are not marked as Active. Payments may remain pending for several reasons:

  • PayPal account is not fully verified
  • PayPal account is a personal account and not a business account
  • Account settings are set to not automatically accept non-account currencies (see above)
  • Payment is flagged for review, perhaps due to potential fraud or government restrictions

Members that paid with Stripe

When paying with a credit / debit card through Stripe, member accounts are verified and marked as Active through  Stripe's Webhook system. If members are not being marked as Active it is likely due to your Stripe account's webhooks not being configured properly.

See the Stripe  setup documentation for information on how to configure the webhooks.

Members that paid with 2Checkout

When paying with a credit / debit card through 2Checkout, member accounts are verified and marked as Active through  2Checkout's INS system. If members are not being marked as Active it is likely due to your 2Checkout account's INS is being configured properly.

See the  2Checkout setup documentation for information on how to configure the INS.