This action has been deprecated. Use rcp_transition_membership_status instead.

Note: This is part of the developer docs and is considered custom code.
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This action is triggered whenever a user's status (pending, free, active, expired, canceled) is set.


  • $new_status - Name of the new status being set (pending, free, active, expired, canceled).
  • $user_id - ID of the user whose status is being changed.
  • $old_status - The member's previous status before this change.
  • $member - The RCP_Member object for this user.

Similar Actions:

RCP also has a dynamic action that is fired at the same time: rcp_set_status_{$new_status}. This action is exactly the same, but the $new_status variable is included in the status name instead of as a parameter. Here are two examples that achieve the same result:

function ag_rcp_set_status( $new_status, $user_id, $old_status, $member ) {
    if ( 'active' == $new_status ) {
        // Your custom code in here to be run when status is set to 'active'.

add_action( 'rcp_set_status', 'ag_rcp_set_status', 10, 4 );
function ag_rcp_set_status_active( $user_id, $old_status, $member ) {
    // Your custom code in here to be run when status is set to 'active'.

add_action( 'rcp_set_status_active', 'ag_rcp_set_status_active', 10, 3 );

rcp_set_status_active is a good action to use if you need to trigger some code immediately after a subscription is activated. But note this action may also run after renewals and upgrades, so if you only want your code triggered once, it's helpful to set a piece of user meta to indicate that your action has already been completed. For example:

function ag_rcp_set_status_active( $user_id, $old_status, $member ) {
    $has_completed = get_user_meta( $user_id, 'rcp_has_completed_some_custom_action', true );

    if ( $has_completed ) {
        // We've already done this for this user! Bail!

    // Insert your custom code here.

    // Now set the flag so we don't run it again.
    update_user_meta( $user_id, 'rcp_has_completed_some_custom_action', true );

add_action( 'rcp_set_status_active', 'ag_rcp_set_status_active', 10, 3 );
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