require payment on a wordpress file upload form

How to Require Payment on a WordPress File Upload Form

Are you wondering how to require payment on a WordPress file upload form? There might come a time when a site visitor wants to pay you for your services while also uploading a file through your contact form.

In this article, we’ll show you how to require payment from site visitors using Stripe before allowing your WordPress file upload form to be submitted.

File Upload Forms That May Require Payment

You may not realize it, but there are many reasons why you might require a site visitor to make a payment before submitting a form on your website that includes a file upload:

  • If you make money online by requiring site visitors to register on your website, pay for access to your content, and upload a profile picture to add to their account
  • You allow site visitors to submit change requests mid-project, need them to upload an image of their request, whether it be an image of the upgraded product or new design plans, and require a deposit to continue contracted work
  • If people want to sign up for youth sports, student enrollment, or a school summer camp on your website, and you require proof of age documents and a deposit to hold their spot
  • If college applicants need to pay their application fees and upload documents regarding finances, transcripts, and more
  • If you’re trying to convince alumni to donate and asking for a picture for a reunion

Of course, this is just the beginning. Any time you require payment from a site visitor looking to submit a form that includes an uploaded file of some sort can benefit from learning how to configure the payment settings on their form.

So, let’s get started.

Step 1: Create a File Upload Form

The first thing you’ll need to do is install and activate the WPForms plugin. For more details, see this step by step guide on how to install a plugin in WordPress.

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Next, you’ll want to create your WordPress form. For help with this step, check out this tutorial on how to create a file upload form.

Just remember, you can use any of the 100+ templates WPForms has available in the Form Templates Pack addon and add a file upload form field to the form to suit your needs.

To do this, just drag the File Upload form field from the left hand side of the Form Editor to the right hand side. Click on the form field to make any changes.

Add File Upload Feature to WordPress Form

Here’s what our sample file upload form looks like for this example, before adding the payment options:

file upload form example

We’ll be requesting that site visitors pay a deposit for their child to register for a baseball league and that they upload their child’s birth certificate to prove their age. We’ve deleted some of the pre-set form fields, such as Desired Team, Desired Position, and Guardian Address for simplicity.

Step 2: Connect Stripe to Your WordPress Website

WPForms makes collecting payments on your website easy using the Stripe addon.

Before you can accept Stripe payments through your file upload form, you’ll need to connect your Stripe account to WordPress.

Note: Stripe requires that your website has SSL (https) enabled on the page where you’re adding a live payment form. This way you can securely send credit card data to Stripe. For more information on how to set this up, please see WPBeginner’s guide to adding SSL and HTTPS in WordPress.

For help connecting your WordPress website to your Stripe account, check out our detailed documentation on using the Stripe addon with WPForms.

Now we’ll take a look at how to add a Stripe payment option to your file upload form.

Step 3: Add the Stripe Payment Option to Your File Upload Form

To add a payment option to your file upload form, scroll down to the Payment Fields section in the Form Editor.

Here, you’ll see the following payment form fields:

  • Single Item
  • Multiple Items
  • Dropdown Items
  • Credit Card
  • Total

In order for your file upload form to work with Stripe, you’ll need at least two forms fields:

  1. An items field (Single Item, Multiple Items, or Dropdown Items)
  2. Credit Card field

For our example, we’ll add the Single Item and Credit Card form fields.

payment options

To change the label of the Single Item payment field, and assign a price, click on the form field and make your changes.

When your form looks the way you want it to, click Save.

Step 4: Configure Stripe Payment Settings

To configure your form’s payment settings, go to Payments » Stripe. From there, click on the Enable Stripe payments box.

stripe payment settings

Click Save.

Your file upload form is now ready to accept payments from site visitors via Stripe. And the great thing about using Stripe is that your site visitor cannot submit their form without paying first, so you know you’ll always get paid.

If your file upload form requires site visitors to pay on a recurring basis, read about how to set up Stripe recurring on your WordPress forms here.

And there you have it! You now know how to require payment on a WordPress file upload form.

If you want to learn more about file upload forms, be sure to check out how to create a file upload widget in WordPress or how to create a WordPress form with multiple file uploads.

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