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WordPress Membership Plugins: A Comprehensive Guide

Having a membership site allows you to protect some or all of your content from being viewed or accessed by anyone and everyone online.

A membership site can also be used to deliver exclusive content to members and customers such as information products, software downloads, “how-to” training, video tutorials, e-books, media files, wholesale pricing lists, etc …

WordPress is an ideal platform for setting up a secure membership site. WordPress already comes with a built-in user management system and content protection features, so all you need to start your own membership site is to add and configure a membership plugin on your WordPress site.

WordPress Membership Plugins

In this tutorial, you will learn about various membership plugins that are available for creating a membership site using WordPress.

To learn more about setting up a membership site with WordPress, see the tutorial below:

Membership Plugin Tips

Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting your membership plugin:

Membership Plugins For WordPress

There are many great membership plugins available for setting up and managing a membership site on WordPress.

Like all software, some will provide better features, benefits and/or advantages over others. It’s up to you to know what you need the software to do to make your membership site run more efficiently, and then make sure that you fully research all of the options, features and pricing details of any plugin you are considering investing your time and money using.

Below, we have compiled a list of some of the most popular and well-known WordPress membership plugins available. These plugins are used by thousands of businesses to run successful membership sites and most of them are well-supported and provide good training documentation for users. The plugins listed below also include just about all the features you need to run a successful membership site online.

The list of membership plugins below is by no means exhaustive. We plan to continue adding new membership plugins to the list below, as new plugins offering different options and features to the ones listed below become popular with WordPress users.

WishList Member

(WishList Member)

Wishlist Member offers full integration with WordPress. WishList Member also fully integrates with many leading payment processors such as PayPal, 1Shopping Cart, ClickBank and Infusionsoft, and autoresponders like Aweber, MailChimp, GetResponse and more. Additionally, Wishlist Member provides integration support for other payment processors and 3rd party email autoresponders through a ‘generic’ option.

Protecting your content with WishList Member is simple and easy. You can set protection levels for an individual post or page in the edit screen, or set up global protection / multiple post/page protection from the plugin admin screen. Some additional functions worth noting are Partial content protection – this is done by inserting shortcodes (tags) into your post, and preventing membership accounts from being shared (requires a separate add-on).

Once the plugin is installed, you have access to a simple and easy-to-use interface with complete access to all of your management settings and membership site features …

(WishList Member Dashboard)

With Wishlist Member, you can build a private online community online, or create recurring revenue with a membership site in three simple steps:

WishList provides detailed step-by-step instructions and over 30 videos and screenshot tutorials to help you set up a membership site and then integrate your site with most popular shopping cart solutions with no programming required …

(WishList Member integrates with all leading payment processors)

Wishlist Member – Benefits And Features

WishList Member is sold with a 30-day money back guarantee and offers the option of purchasing either a single-license (one-site) or a multi-site license for unlimited domains (see their website for pricing details).

For more information about this plugin, visit the site below:

Member Rocket

(Member Rocket – WordPress plugin)

Todd Spears and Martin Crumlish, two highly successful internet marketers, developed Member Rocket after trying many of the most popular WordPress membership plugins and realizing that, although most of those plugins have great technical features, they were lacking certain key features that would make the process of growing a membership site simpler and easier for most users. Hence, they developed what they claim to be “the last membership plugin you will ever need”.

With Member Rocket, you can set up a membership site in minutes, with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Member Rocket – Main Features

Below is a comparison chart posted by the developers of Member Rocket in their sales letter (note: for an unbiased comparison, we recommend doing your own diligence and further research into the plugins being compared in the table below – links to all plugins are provided in this post) …

Member Rocket – Comparison Chart

(Membership Sites – Comparison Chart)

Visit the Member Rocket website

For more information about this plugin, visit the site below:

S2MemberPro

(S2 Member Pro WP plugin)

S2MemberPro protects your WordPress posts, pages, tags, categories, eb addresses, BuddyPress/bbPress forum threads, and even portions of content within posts, pages, themes, and plugins. s2Member is easily configurable and highly extensible. You can even protect downloadable files and streaming audio/video and store files locally or use s2Member’s integration with Amazon.

s2Member uses WordPress shortcodes, allowing you to set up complex integrations quickly and easily. You can sell flexible recurring (or non-recurring) subscriptions or sell “Buy Now” access in various ways. You can also sell access to specific posts and pages, file downloads, or Custom Capabilities that provide highly configurable access to specific areas of your content.

s2Member integrates with Stripe, PayPal Standard, PayPal Pro, Authorize.Net, and ClickBank.

To learn more about S2 Member, visit the plugin website:

For video tutorials on the S2 Member plugin, see our Online Business video tutorials section.

Magic Members

(Magic Members WordPress membership plugin)

Magic Members is a Premium WordPress membership plugin that is very easy to use, works with all WordPress themes and offers many powerful features, including:

The Magic Members WordPress membership suite offers users the option of purchasing an additional Magic Kicker account sharing prevention plugin that prevents multiple users logging into a single account.

Magic Kicker plugin is not required in order to use the Magic Member plugin, and must be purchased separately if you buy the Magic Member single user license.

For more information about this plugin, visit the site below:

WordPress eMember

(WordPress eMember)

WordPress eMember is a powerful and easy to use WordPress Membership Plugin.

Some of the main features of the WP eMember Plugin include:

For more information about this plugin, visit the site below:

Fast Member

(Fast Member)

The Fast Member WordPress plugin creates member sites in less than 47 seconds (see video below for a demo)

It also comes with a host of powerful features, including the following:

For more information about this plugin, visit the site below:

Digital Access Pass

(DAP plugin)

Digital Access Pass (DAP) is a premium Membership Plugin for WordPress (and plain HTML/PHP web sites) currently used by thousands of users.

DAP provides a complete end-to-end content-delivery platform for creating a membership site, or just a password-protected private area, and securely delivering different types of content.

You can provide both free and paid access to many different types of content … WordPress Pages, Posts & Categories, Videos, Audio files, PDF Reports, MS Office Docs, Zip files, HTML pages, and even images. DAP lets you protect and drip just about any kind of file with any type of extension.

Digital Access Pass offers true content dripping, which allows you to specify exactly when your content becomes available for each membership product, and even lets you re-arrange your content sequence using drag-and-drop.

Additionally, besides being able to set individual pricing and customizing your content sequence, every product can have its own customized sales page, landing page, welcome email and email autoresponder series.

Other key features of this software include:

For more information about this plugin, visit the site below:

AMember Pro

(aMember Pro WordPress membership plugin)

aMemberPRO, like Digital Access Pass, is not a true WordPress plugin but rather a standalone application integrated into WordPress via a plugin. Nonetheless, it is a great membership software for selling digital products and downloads.

You can integrate WordPress with aMember via the aMember admin panel, or their WordPress plugin.

aMemberPRO supports different payment processors, has numerous integration plugins and offers a number of powerful features, including:

For more information about this plugin, visit the site below:

iMember360

(iMembers360 WP plugin)

iMember360 is a membership site software application specifically designed for Infusionsoft users wanting to use WordPress.

Infusionsoft is a Web-based system that combines intelligent automation with powerful CRM, email marketing, e-commerce and social media tools.

iMember360 users install WordPress for Infusionsoft™, formerly known as “infusionWP” or “infuzionWP” – a WordPress plugin that will turn a normal WordPress site into a full featured membership site that pulls its data from and is driven by Infusionsoft’s CRM and e-commerce engine.

What this means is that you can use InfusionSoft to control your membership site and WordPress to manage your membership content. iMember360 uses nearly all the automated features available in Infusionsoft to manage and control access to content in a subscription-based WordPress site.

Using the Infusionsoft API, this plugin puts your site on auto-pilot, pulling the needed membership data from your Infusionsoft application to include membership levels, payment status, password, subscriber data, etc.

With iMember360, you get the power of both Infusionsoft and WordPress. The plugin, however, adds a large number of functions which go beyond a simple integration of these two powerful platforms.

Some of the main features of the iMember360 software and WordPress plugin include:

Requirements

For more information about this plugin, visit the site below:

WP-Members

(WP-Members membership plugin for WordPress)

WP-Members is a WordPress plugin that turns your WordPress blog into a membership driven site. This plugin lets you offer premium content to your subscribers and is adaptable to a range of applications.

By default, WordPress allows all content to be “open” and viewable by anyone and allows the site owner to restrict specific content if desired by setting a password for the post. WP-Members operates with the reverse assumption. It restricts all posts by default but allows the site owner to unblock content as desired.

This plugin restricts selected WordPress content and makes it viewable only to registered site members.

WP-Members also offers the ability to change the default plugin settings. If you simply want to utilize the member management features and possibly restrict some content, the default plugin setting can easily be toggled to block or unblock pages and/or posts by default. No matter what the default setting, individual posts or pages can be set to be blocked or unblocked at the article level, overriding the default setting.

WP-Members also puts the registration process inline with your content instead of the native WP login page. This provides an opportunity for users to register without leaving the page.

WP-Members works “out-of-the-box” with no modifications to your theme, but it is scalable if you want to customize the look and feel, or restrict only some of your content.

Some of the main features of this plugin include:

In addition to all of the features above, the plugin can be extended with premium add-on modules available from the support site. Plugin members also have access to support, examples, tutorials, and code snippets that will help you extend and customize the base plugin using the plugin’s framework.

For more information about this plugin, visit the site below:

Related WordPress Plugins

EasyPayPal

(EasyPayPal membership plugin for WordPress)

EasyPayPal is a WordPress plugin that does not create a membership site per se, but allows you to protect content on your site and collect payments from your users to unlock content on your WordPress site.

Using the plugin is simple. You simply add a shortcode around the content you want to protect on your site. When a new user creates a login on your site, they will be taken to PayPal to process their payment. When they return to your site, the next payment date will be updated based on a period that you define. After the next payment date, the user will attempt to login and they will be taken to PayPal to process their next payment.

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For more information about this plugin, visit the site below:

Hopefully, this tutorial has given you a better understanding of what a membership plugin can do for your business and help you achieve online.

To learn more about setting up a membership site with WordPress, see the tutorial below:

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