I've got a wordpress website and am using WooCommerce to sell registrations for applications that I develop. To streamline the registration process, I would like users to be able to click a registration button in the application and be taken directly to my WooCommerce checkout page with the registration product already loaded in the cart and a username (generated by the application) entered automatically in the checkout page's username field (which I've added).

What I've got so far is, when the user clicks on the applications registration button, the application sends the user in their browser to a URL that looks like:


In my function.php file I'm redirecting to the checkout page when adding to cart, so this opens the checkout page with the product id = 532 already in the cart. Perfect.

To make the username variable public, I added the following to my functions.php file:

add_filter( 'query_vars', 'add_query_vars_filter' );
function add_query_vars_filter( $vars ){
   $vars[] = "username";
   return $vars;

To capture the username from the query string and enter it in a created username field, I also added the following to my functions.php file:

add_filter( 'woocommerce_checkout_fields' , 'custom_override_checkout_fields' );
function custom_override_checkout_fields( $fields ) {
    $thename = get_query_var( 'username', 'defaultName' );
    $fields['billing']['billing_username'] = array(
        'label'     => __($label, 'woocommerce'),
        'placeholder'   => _x($placeholder, 'placeholder', 'woocommerce'),
        'required'  => true,
        'class'     => array('form-row-wide'),
        'clear'     => true,
       'default'    => $thename
 return $fields;

Unfortunately, defaultName is entered in the username field. If I remove the add-to-cart=532 from the URL, then myname is entered. I think that the problem is that by the time the checkout page opens, username=myname is stripped from the URL. It seems I have to use $thename = get_query_var( 'username', 'defaultName' ) earlier in the process of opening the checkout page (and one of the problems is that I don't fully understand this process) and somehow make it accessible in the custom_override_checkout_fields function in my functions.php file. So the question is how do I accomplish this?

1 Answer 1


I think that I figured this out. In my functions.php file I had the below function to redirect to the checkout page when a product is added to the cart. So I captured the username variable there and then added it to the redirected URL:

add_filter ('add_to_cart_redirect', 'redirect_to_checkout');
function redirect_to_checkout() {
    global $woocommerce;
    $checkout_url = $woocommerce->cart->get_checkout_url();
    if ( ! empty( $_REQUEST['username'] ) ) {
        $thename = $_REQUEST['username'];
        $checkout_url = esc_url( add_query_arg('username', $thename, $checkout_url ) );
    return $checkout_url;

Curiously, neither get_query_var('username') or $wp_query->query_vars['username'] worked. I'm not sure why.

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