After two months in development, we are thrilled to announce the release of AffiliateWP version 1.5. This release includes several highly request features, including ones related to shipping, referral editing, per-product rates, and even a new integration!

Excluding Shipping Costs

In version 1.5, we have added an option to exclude shipping costs from referral calculations.

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If shipping costs are excluded, a referral on a $120 order ($100 subtotal + $20 shipping), will be calculated off of $100, not $120.

This setting applies to all e-commerce plugin integrations that support charging shipping fees.

MemberPress integration

MemberPress, an excellent and extremely popular membership plugin, is now supported out of the box. To enable referral tracking in MemberPress, simply go to Affiliates > Settings > Integrations and enable it.

Referrals history in Affiliate Area

We have introduced a new Referrals tab in the Affiliate Area that displays a list of all referral records for the affiliate account. This gives your affiliates a better overview of their performance and serves as a historical record for their account.

Per-product referrals rates for iThemes Exchange

Our integration with iThemes Exchange now supports per-product referral rates:

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Affiliate referral rate changes

In version 1.5, we have slightly modified how affiliate referral rates work. In previous versions, the rate used to calculate the referral amount went in this order:

  1. If set / available, the product-specific rate was used
  2. If no product rate is set, use the affiliate-specific rate, if set
  3. If neither of the above exist, use the global rate

After some internal discussion, we decided this was not quite correct, so the new order is as follows:

  1. If set, the affiliate-specific rate is used
  2. If no affiliate-specific rate is set, use the product-specific rate, if set
  3. If neither of the above exist, use the global rate

Complete changelog:

  • New: introduced Referrals tab for Affiliate Area
  • New: referral records can now be edited
  • New: account approval emails now sent when manually adding an affiliate
  • New: iThemes Exchange now supports per-product rates
  • New: MemberPress integration
  • New: support for excluding shipping costs from referral calculations
  • Tweak: URL and Promotion methods are now required
  • Tweak: better error message during login if password or username is incorrect
  • Fix: custom affiliate referral rates not used when per-product rate is set
  • Fix: MemberMouse referral description is blank
  • Fix: usermeta is now deleted when affiliate is deleted
  • Fix: referrals now properly rejected if WooCommerce order is deleted
Pippin Williamson

About the author: Pippin Williamson is the founder and CEO of Sandhills Development.


    1. There is an update for Recurring Referrals going out this week (or latest next week) that will add support for recurring referrals in MemberPress.

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