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10 Awesome WordPress Membership Plugins (Part 2)

April 29, 2018

WordPress membership websites are a popular means of making money online. With the help of a few plugins, you can set up a membership website on WordPress and start turning in a profit in no time. In part one (1) of this post, we covered 10+ Awesome WordPress membership plugins to power up your membership site. But what if you don’t have a WordPress membership site yet?

If you don’t run a WordPress membership site but would like to create one, the plugins we reveal below will benefit you greatly.

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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. The single Site License goes for $97 bucks and the Multi-Site License retails at $297.

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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. If you are having doubts, 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!

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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.

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Memberpress WordPress Membership Plugin

I have MemberPress set up and running. Very nice install and good recommendation. The drip mechanism is freaking brilliant, set up is as simple as advertised, and I have pretty much fallen in love. – Holly L.

Holly L. is just one of the many happy people who love MemberPress. Why? Because it is easy to install & configure, member management is a breeze, integrates fully with WordPress, integrates with payment gateways (PayPal, and Stripe), integrates with mailing lists (Aweber, Mailchimp, GetResponse and Affiliate Royale), includes strict access rules to keep your membership site in order, is compatible with all WordPress themes, includes coupon management, a content dripping feature, is full extensible and features a helpful and dedicated support staff to provide help you when you need it. You can choose to take the MemberPress tour to learn more or take the plunge and invest in a WordPress membership plugin like no other for $99 bucks only.

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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 3.8.1 and BuddyPress 1.9.2, great support, an eNewsletter plugin for your email campaigns, unlimited updates and so much more.

You can pick up the Membership plugin for $19 bucks only. Alternatively, you can register as a full member for just $39.60 (limited offer) and enter what WPMU DEV calls the “WordPress Nirvana”. Well, you will get access to 140+ amazing plugins, 160+ themes, extensive community of WordPress experts and unlimited support amongst other things. Quite a package, right? They say, “It’s like having your own personal WordPress development team,” and I tend to agree. It’s really a WordPress Nirvana.

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Paid Memberships Pro Free WordPress Plugin

With over 122,000 downloads and a plethora (I had to use this word 😀 ) of unique features, Paid Membership Pro is the real deal. Paid Membership Pro is 100% free, plays well with popular payment processors, comes with extensive documentation and 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. As I mentioned earlier, Paid Memberships Pro is completely free but you can choose to purchase the PMPro Membership plugin for $97 bucks only.

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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.

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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.

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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 2 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 2.0 costs between $97 (core package) and $297 (Pro package).

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Cart66 Cloud


The Cart66 Cloud WordPress plugin is a versatile e-commerce solution for online businesses. It’s a two-in-one kind of solution. Firstly, you can use Cart66 Cloud to run an eCommerce store and secondly you can use the plugin to run a fully-fledged membership site. You can even run an eCommerce store and a membership site at the same time!

It offers you plenty of options and features such as content dripping feature, recurring billing system, it’s PCI compliant (so you don’t need a SSL certificate), supports all WordPress themes, even free ones, reminders and auto-membership expiration and features support for 50+ payment processors. Cart66 Cloud goes for $25 bucks per month which includes free Amazon storage, Mandrill from Mailchimp and Cart66 Cloud storage to save and secure sensitive customer info. Checkout our Cart66 Review for details on what else this e-commerce solution can do.


If you’ve been thinking of starting a WordPress membership site, now you have ten (10) of the best WordPress membership plugins to do the heavy lifting for you.

Take your time to choose one that works for you and remember to check out these other WordPress membership plugins. All the best as you create an amazing WordPress membership site.

Article by Freddy WPExplorer Author
Published on: April 22, 2014
Last updated on: April 29, 2018
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  1. giovanni brienza says:

    Please help me or I get crazy!!
    Sto cercando un plugin (non troppo complicato) che faccia quanto segue:
    1) for each user that signs up, is create a private page visible only to him and to the administrator;

    2) the administrator must upload PERSONAL files (certificates in pdf, doc) for each individual user.

    In short, as an administrator, I need to manage hundreds of pages, and be able to upload private documents only visible to me and the user.

    Is there a plugin that simply do this?
    Thanks in advance,

    • nicolenem says:

      Hi Giovanni

      Did you get this right? I am looking for the same feature….. I am also going crazy 🙂

  2. giovanni brienza says:

    🙂 sorry for the mix of Italian and English…

    • AJ Clarke says:

      To be honest I’m not quite sure. You might have to create something custom. If I were setting this up I would use Gravity Forms for the user registration, login and add media form. And then develop a custom template to display the media uploaded by the user. I don’t know of any plugin that would do everything, you might have to hire a freelancer.

  3. Arthur says:

    Hello AJ, what do you think about woocommerce extension for creating membership website?
    I’ve used s2member and wpmudev membership but hope is that woothemes guys create more clear solution…

  4. Linda says:

    Hi, I have owned an insurance licensing school since 1986. I am currently using Kajabi for all of our course projects. Each project (course) has multiple pdf files, PowerPoint’s and videos.

    I have recently built a new site using WP and would like to be able to have a student go to their state page and order and get the material but not have that material available to anyone but those who order.

    I’ve looked at the LMS systems but it’s really overkill for what I have since I am not developing courses in the format they use. It seem like a membership site would work. Would I have to have each state have it’s own URL with it’s own membership site? Or can I incorporate it into the site I already have?

  5. Murray Anderson-Clemence says:

    I would like to create a subscription based website like, does anyone know which membership plugins are best suited? Thanks Murray

    • AJ Clarke says:

      We’ll you will definitely want to run a multisite installation. I’m not sure of any plugins though to essentially turn it into what you want, but I’m sure it’s not too hard. All you would really need is a way for people to signup and then automatically be given a subsite to use.

  6. Steven Preece says:

    Do membership plugins work with caching? I’ve tried a few free membership plugins, including WP members to get a feel for membership sites, but logged in users kept being presented with the login form, rather than the content. I don’t want to start charging people to access content if they can’t see it. Oh,.. I’m also using a CDN.

    • AJ Clarke says:

      They should work fine, just make sure to disable caching for the back-end and maybe even the login/logout page. I use WPEngine which has built-in caching and never experienced any problems, but plugins like W3 Total Cache may have issues, I would suggest googling the specific plugin you are using to see if you can find out about that. Some caching plugins even provide support for a premium price which might be worth looking into.

  7. Shameem Reza says:

    Good list Freddy, what about the Expand Membership plugin by themexpand? This one support Stripe & PayPal and all other features need to create a stunning Memberships site. I bought it and used in almost three projects. Even I saw so many people are talking about this plugins features.

    With all the above plugin list, I will recommend everyone to check this one too, because its really a good solution for non technical people.

  8. Hanasazi says:

    I have a client who wants to set up her wine club website to have a membership model similar to, where the monthly “membership” fee adds to a user account they can use to buy products. I’m hoping that since you mentioned in Part I that you are aware of a plugin that can be used to accomplish this.

    • Kyla Avatar Kyla says:

      Actually WooCommerce also sells a premium Memberships addon that enables you to do just what you’re asking – turn your store into a purchasing club. It’s $149 for a single site license. Best of luck with your client’s store!

  9. Gregory Lucy says:

    Hi there,

    Thanks for sharing 10 awesome WordPress membership plugins. From your sharing related persons will be benefited and choose one for their site.

  10. alminvalyani says:

    Hi there, Thanks for sharing 10 awesome WordPress membership plugins. From your sharing related persons will be benefited and choose one for their site here i also recommended ARMember

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