Do you own a WordPress membership site or plan to start one soon? They’re a great way to monetize websites that share exclusive content, tutorials, discounts and more to members. Membership sites are everywhere and in every industry – including online newspaper memberships like the Wall Street Journal, discount shopping websites like Shoedazzle, or a premium WordPress Theme membership site like Elegant Themes. If you own (or run) one, well and good, this article will benefit you greatly. But if you’re thinking of starting a membership site soon, part two of this post will give you plenty of options. That aside.
In today’s post, we will cover some of the top WordPress membership plugins to power up your membership site. The plugins will add all manner of functions and elements to your website, giving you all the power you need to wow your users with an experience like no other. Enjoy and keep the conversation going in the comment section below!
Restrict Content Pro Premium Membership Plugin
Restrict Content Pro is one of the best premium content membership plugins out there. No only does it give you the ability to charge users for use of your website, but you can create an unlimited number of of membership levels each with different rates, terms and/or benefits. Another great feature is the ability to restrict specific portions of your site, so you can still maintain a public blog to generate fresh traffic while also creating members only posts and pages. Restrict Content Pro also includes a membership signup report so you can see how many users are registering, and how your site is doing in general.
Other plugin features include easy setup, great support, complete member management, unlimited subscriptions/membership levels, PayPal payment support, promo/discount code support, earnings reports, data import/export, built-in help tab to guide you during setup, plus great plugin extensions (such as Strip, PayPal Express, strong passwords, math verification and more). This is a great plugin that you should definitely consider. In fact, we use it here at WPExplorer for our membership signup. The plugin is quick to setup and easy to use, and from a developer perspective it’s also easy to customize to your needs.
PrivateContent Multilevel Content Plugin
Do you wish to restrict access to various areas of your WordPress membership site? If so, the PrivateContent plugin is exactly what you need. Thanks to the ingenious design of this plugin, you can decide who sees certain content or hide entire areas on your website by redirecting users. PrivateContent allows you to add multi-level login forms, user management features, user private pages, and private areas to your website. Furthermore, you can restrict access to all types of content including posts, pages, menu and even categories.
Other features include easy installation, time saving shortcodes, 1-click website lock to hide your entire website, extendable, public API, translation ready with multilanguage support, and dedicated support staff. PrivateContent has been purchased more than three thousand (3,000) times, has an appealing buyer rating of 4.38/5.00 and costs $16 bucks only.
USERPRO User Profiles With Social Login
UserPro is a powerful WordPress community plugin from the elite author DeluxeThemes. It is bursting at the seams with features and offers you login and registration features as well as beautiful front-end profiles to add some gusto to your membership site. Other than that, UserPro will help you to create searchable member directories, unlimited custom profiles and multiple sign up forms. The plugin further supports shortcode functionality and social connect integration. Your users can login and connect using their favorite social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Bkontakt etc.
UserPro integrates easily with WordPress, bbPress, WooCommerce and MailChimp. The plugin, which has an impressive buyer rating of 4.68/5.00 and over 1,600 purchases, comes with many other features and costs just $29 bucks.
User Profiles Made Easy Plugin
This WordPress membership plugin will help you to integrate login, registration as well as front-end profiles to your WordPress website. You no longer have to subject your users to the pains (or complexity) of the back-end. You can create custom profile fields and entirely customize the sign up forms (and profiles) to match the rest of your website. There is just so much you can achieve with the User Profiles Made Easy plugin without losing control of your website.
The plugin is popular for its search enabled member directory, easy shortcodes, fully responsive design, login options (using username or email), built-in FontAwesome icon support, spam stopping reCaptcha, great support, WooCommerce auto sync and more. This plugin is certainly full of great features. It has a buyer rating of 4.29/5.00, has been bought by over 2,700 users and will set you back $26 only.
WordPress Premium Content
Would you like to make money from your content the easy way? If so, the WordPress Premium content by Jigowatt will help you to set up a premium content subscription site in a couple of minutes. You can handle payments via PayPal, which makes your work very easy. Apart from that, WordPress Premium Content offers you a lot of options to manage your subscribers, edit subscriptions and set up several payment plans i.e. monthly, bi-annually and annually.
In addition, you can tier your subscriptions in “Gold”, “Silver and “Bronze” plans and prize them accordingly. Simply put, there is so much you can do with this plugin. WordPress Premium Content has been purchased 389 times, has a buyer rating of 4.02/5.00 and costs $35 bucks only.
WordPress IP Banner
Anyone with a membership site wants more and more users because, well, that’s where the money is. But there are some users you need to kick to the curb for good. If a user does not understand the basic principles of human interaction – such that they end up pissing off others – that user needs to go. Other culprits include spammers, sploggers, grumpy users who won’t pay on time and the likes 🙂
WordPress IP Banner helps you to ban users by IP address without breaking a sweat. You can ban a user temporarily (until a certain date in the future) or permanently. The plugin comes with a clever function that allows you to redirect the banned user elsewhere. You can also choose to show the user a simple page with a HUGE warning. Ideally, you can ban IP addresses in batches, which makes your job easy as ABC. Lastly, the plugin is super easy to install and use. The best part is WordPress IP Banner has a buyer rating of 4.44/5.00 and costs $8 only.
Modal Login Register Forgotten WordPress Plugin
This amazing plugin from PressApps adds a ton of great (and useful) features to your WordPress membership site. Personally, I think they should change the title to something shorter and sweeter. Don’t be mistaken though, Modal Login Register Forgotten WordPress Plugin throws quite a punch as a membership plugin.
Some of its unique features include login and logout redirects, registration email templates, shortcode functionality, a responsive design, detailed documentation and dedicated customer support. The plugin has an impressive buyer rating of 4.55/5.00 and sells at $12 bucks only.
Subscribe to Download For WordPress
If you have an ebook or any other digital product to offer as an incentive to potential subscribers, you can rely on this plugin to do the heavy lifting for you. Subscribe To Download for WordPress allows you to gather emails easily by offering a freebie download at the end of the subscription process. The plugin takes care of email verifications (you don’t want automated sign ups, now do you?) and populates an email list that you can easily export to any popular newsletter service.
Key features include multiple download link support, tinyMCE editor, Goo.gl link shortener, subscription manager, AJAX admin panel that’s a breeze to use, cross-bowser compatibility, and support for all types of content (e.g. icons, code snippets, PSDs, ebooks, design resources, videos, templates, themes, tutorials etc). This plugin from elite author is just $15 bucks.
WordPress Guest Posting Plugin
If you would like users to post guest articles to your blog without hiccups, this is the plugin you want. The WordPress Guest Posting plugin comes in handy if/when you would like:
- Guest bloggers to pay for articles they publish on your established platform (selling blog space)
- To automate the process of receiving free guest posts from your users and other bloggers
- To pay posters to guest blog on your platform
The plugin is renowned for the following features: option to pay and receive payments via PayPal, easy payment management, users can post without logging in thanks to the anonymous posting feature, reCaptcha to stop spammers and easy installation. The plugin has a buyer rating of 4.08/5.00 and costs $16 only.
Users Ultra WordPress Plugin
This amazing plugin is the “…ideal tool for creating advanced user communities in few minutes.” The sky is the limit to what you can do with the plugin. You can create all manner of membership sites from modelling agencies to social networks and talent communities amongst others.
The plugin’s key features include a fields customizer tool to add unlimited fields, social connect – users can login and register using Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn or Yahoo!, content restriction according to membership plans, shortcode capability, import/export users, 1-click sync tool, ease of use, as well as one-time or recurring payments. The plugin has a buyer rating of 4.50/5.00 and costs $24 bucks only.
MemberPress Membership Plugin
This plugin is unlike the nine we just covered above. While the above plugins just add additional features to your membership site, MemberPress helps you to create a membership site from scratch in no time. I’ve included this plugin here as a way of introducing the second part of WordPress membership plugins. Part two of this post will only cover membership plugins that help you to set up membership sites on WordPress. Back to MemberPress.
MemberPress is a professional WordPress membership plugin that offers you all the features you need to run a fully functional membership site. The plugin is best known for features such as restrict access to all (or specific) content on your site, manage unlimited users, offer multiple pricing pages & packages, unlimited content access rules, sell unlimited number of products, PayPal Express Checkout and Stripe payment gateway support. MemberPress offers two pricing plans: Business and Developer, both of which are billed yearly. They also offer a one-time payment option that excludes support and updates.
Profile Builder – front-end user registration, login and edit profile
The Profile Builder plugin is a very easy to use plugin that will allow you to create front-end login, registration and profile edit screens via the use of shortcodes. The default WordPress login form is decent, but its not very flexible unless you get “down and dirty” with the code and if you are running a member ship site you really want people to be able to register, login and edit their profiles via the front end as opposed to the WP dashboard.
There is also a paid-for “Pro” version of the plugin which is very pricey. I haven’t personally used it so I can’t say whether it’s good or bad, but it does seem to provide you with quite a lot more features as well as support.
A WordPress membership site is a great business model with so much potential for growth. Armed with a solid business plan, great products and some of these plugins, you are ready to make quite a kill. Choose the plugins that work for you and get ready to smile all the way to the bank 🙂
All the best in your endeavors!