I’m using WooCommerce to run an online store that sells access to restricted content on my site. I want to allow customers to create an account during checkout, so I have enabled this option in WooCommerce settings. However, I have noticed a problem with this feature. Customers can create an account without completing a purchase, which means they can access some parts of my site that are only for logged-in users, such as My Account page. They cannot see the restricted content, but they can still create spam accounts on my site. This is a security vulnerability that I want to fix.
How can I prevent customers from creating an account during checkout unless they complete a purchase successfully? Is there a way to configure WooCommerce settings or use a plugin to achieve this? I still want to offer account creation during checkout for legitimate customers who want to buy my products and access the restricted content.
I appreciate any help or suggestions on how to solve this issue. Thank you!
One possible solution to your problem is to use the WooCommerce Memberships plugin. This plugin allows you to create membership plans that grant access to restricted content on your site based on the products that customers purchase. You can also set up rules to restrict access to certain pages or sections of your site, such as My Account page, for non-members.
With this plugin, you can enable account creation during checkout, but only for customers who buy a product that is linked to a membership plan. This way, customers who do not complete a purchase will not be able to create an account or access any restricted content on your site. You can also customize the account creation fields and messages to suit your needs.
To use this plugin, you need to install and activate it on your site. Then, you need to create one or more membership plans and link them to your products. You can also configure the access rules and settings for each plan. Finally, you need to enable account creation during checkout in WooCommerce settings and select the option to allow account creation for membership products only.
For more details on how to use this plugin, you can check the documentation here: https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/woocommerce-memberships/
I hope this helps you solve your issue. If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know.