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.
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!
1 .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 used to use it here at WPExplorer for 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.
2. 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 multi-language support, and dedicated support staff.
3. 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.
4. 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!
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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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. Though it does seem to provide you with quite a lot more features as well as support.
8. Wishlist Member WordPress Plugin
WishList Member is a great WordPress membership plugin that powers over 47,000 sites all over the world. This is probably because WishList Member is an easy to use solution that turns your WordPress platform into a powerful membership site in a matter of minutes.
This WordPress membership plugin comes with a number of great features such as unlimited membership levels, easy WordPress integration, control over who views your content, flexible membership options, sequential content delivery, integrates shipping costs, easy member management, multi-level content access and much more.
Plus the plugin ships with bonuses such as free professional themes, icons, support guides and free training among others.
9. S2Member Free WordPress Plugin
Are you looking for a professional WordPress membership plugin that integrates with email newsletters, shopping carts and other typical features of a membership site seamlessly? Are you on a tight budget and can’t afford to spend a fortune on a WordPress membership plugin?
If any of your answers was a resounding yes, S2Member WordPress membership plugin is exactly what you need. Take into account some of S2Member features including versatile and powerful options (it adapts to whatever WordPress theme you use), easy integration with PayPal and other payment gateways, recurring billing, affiliate activity (i.e commissions) monitoring, custom registration forms, custom profile fields, plugin and widget extensions, mailing list functionality, and social networking support.
If you feel S2Member is the WordPress membership plugin you need, you can choose the 100% free S2Member Framework which has all the features you need at no cost!
10. MagicMembers WordPress Plugin
For a single non-recurring price of $97, you can have one of the best WordPress membership plugins working 24/7 for you. MagicMembers is a great WordPress membership plugin especially if you are looking to sell courses or drip content over time. The plugin is best known for its superb content dripping capabilities.
Other features include integration with autoresponders such as AWeber, Constant contact, and Mailchimp, compatibility with payment modules like PayPal Website Payments, eWay, WorldPay, Skrill (formely MoneyBookers), and iDeal,content access control, download managers for downloadable digital products (or what I like to call DDPs), multi-level membership support (users can buy more than one membership level), S3 Amazon support, widgets for extra functions, coupon support, content dripping system (most popular feature!), Import/Export users at will, free support, regular updates and even some bonuses. Create a one of a kind WordPress membership site and manage it effortlessly using the MagicMembers plugin.
11. Membership WordPress Plugin by WPMUdev
WPMU DEV is home to many a great plugin. One of these great plugins is the popular Membership plugin which will enable you to set up a membership site easily and quickly. WPMU DEV’s Membership plugin will help you to create great WordPress membership sites such as GigaOm, The New York Times and Mixergy among others. Other Membership features include flexible membership options, an easy to use drag-and-drop interface, instant content delivery upon payment, content dripping, custom membership levels, multiple payment gateways, compatibility with WordPress and BuddyPress, great support, an eNewsletter plugin for your email campaigns, unlimited updates and so much more.
You can pick up the Membership plugin as a part of your WPMU DEV membership. With this you will get access to amazing plugins, themes, an extensive community of WordPress experts and unlimited support amongst other things. Quite a package, right? It really is like having your own personal WordPress development team.
12. Paid Memberships Pro Free WordPress Plugin
With thousands of downloads and a plethora of unique features, Paid Membership Pro is the real deal. Paid Membership Pro is 100% free, plays well with popular payment processors and comes with extensive documentation. The plugin features multiple membership levels, flexible pricing options, multi-level content access, member notifications, the option to hide ads from premium members, and it’s entirely SEO ready.
Looking for more? The developer have created quite a few awesome add-ons. Add features for PayPal Express, auto-renewals, BuddyPress integration, donations, user import, member badges and more.
13. aMember Pro WordPress Plugin
aMember Pro is a very flexible and user-friendly WordPress membership plugin that will help you to accept subscription payments, deliver downloads and digital content, send newsletters, run your very own affiliate program, easily integrate your online community with WordPress, and even manage your users/members. The plugin comes with a ton of other exciting features such as web-based administration, multi-language support, and free installation among others. At $179.95 bucks, aMember Pro is a bit pricey though.
14. WP-Members Free WordPress Plugin
WP-Members is a popular free WordPress membership plugin that comes with a ton of great features. It works out of the box, is easy to install and start using, create members only content, registration and login is inline with your content and theme, custom login widget, custom registration field options, admin approval option for new users, CAPTCHA integration, an plenty of hooks for custom extensions. This plugin is a great and affordable option for basic memberships on your WordPress site.
15. OptimizePress WordPress Membership Plugin
From their website, “Optimize is the new way to create high converting landing pages sales pages and membership portals.” From this simple introduction, you can derive the benefits of OptimizePress immediately. You can easily create membership portals, authority blogs, sales pages, complete launch funnels, and converting landing pages.
This WordPress membership plugin comes with amazing features including a mobile friendly design, helpful webinars, a complete logging system, the LiveEditor System to build and editing real time, fully integrated with WordPress and over thirty (30+) templates. OptimizePress costs between $97 and $197.
16. ARMember WordPress Membership Plugin
ARMember is a premium membership plugin with built-in options for memberships, subscriptions, user registration, user profiles and more. Best of all, no programming or coding knowledge is required to use the plugin.
When you install ARMember the easy setup wizard will walk you through key settings. Once your site is ready you can choose from a number of membership models. As well as add social logins, setup a payment cycle, enable multi-level memberships, add a free trial and sync with WooCommerce. Plus ARMember offer unique options for member invites, account lockin and two-step signups,
17. WooCommerce Memberships Plugin
If you want to create a membership for your store, then one of the best options is WooCommerce Memberships. With this you can create and sell memberships, which in turn gives users access to a selection of products in your WooCommerce Store. You can also set options to grant access to memberships after purchasing a product, yearly or monthly subscriptions or manually assign memberships for “invite-only” members.
Another unique feature is drip content access. With WooCommerce Memberships you can grant access to various content or products based on membership term (1 week, 1 month, 1 year, etc). You can also offer member exclusive shipping or discounts.
Final Thoughts on the Best WordPress Membership Plugins
A WordPress membership site is a great business model with so much potential for growth. If you’ve been thinking of starting a WordPress membership site, now you have 15+ of the best WordPress membership plugins to do the heavy lifting for you.
Take your time to choose one that works for you. All the best as you create an amazing WordPress membership site!