WordPress Membership Plugins

Wordpress Membership Plugins

6 WordPress Membership Site Plugins Worth Considering

There is not “best” membership site plugin which reigns supreme for every type and size of membership site. Instead of looking for a best solution, it is more effective and useful to search for the “right” WordPress plugin for your membership site. While you specific needs will merit looking at additional plugins not contained in this list, the following 7 WordPress membership site plugins have consistently proven to be versatile, flexible, and effective solutions for a broad range of membership site types and sizes.

WordPress Membership Plugin

WishList Member

WishList Member is considered by many to be one of the oldest WordPress membership site plugins still being actively developed. It provides a strong, mature core architecture and includes all of the essential functions the average membership needs. Due to its maturity it currently boasts more than 30 different training videos and extensive documentation. It isn’t the least expense option on the market but it is a proven, comprehensive solution. Go to Wishlist Member Review page.

Magic Members

Magic Members has become as one of the easiest membership site plugins to setup and manage, especially for website owners who are looking to create a membership area within their current website. Additionally, it boasts a massive amount of built-in payment gateways. This is particularly important for international users who require a variety of regional payment processors. It is obvious from the overall design in the admin area that this plugin was not only designed to be feature-rich but also relatively simple to use. Go to Magic Members Review page.

 S2Member

There is no doubt the free version of S2Member is one of the elite free WordPress Membership plugins. Unfortunately, many of the most popular features are only available with S2Member Pro. The primary difference between the two is the number of payment processors available but there are some additional features only available with the Pro version as well. If the free version is adequate then this solution is definitely worth a look. Go to S2Member Review page.

 MemberPress

MemberPress is another popular membership plugin. While it is full of essential features it stands out due to its smooth interface, especially for front-end users. Another benefit is the payment systems are setup to be nearly hands-free which makes adding new subscription tiers and products quick and simple. Its ability to quickly prorate charges is a benefit as well. Go to MemberPress Review page.

 MemberMouse

MemberMouse bills itself as a membership and ecommerce solution. It is best used by membership websites that also sell products (both digital and physical) within the member’s area or to the general public. The back-end is designed to be easy to use. MemberMouse developers have gone so far to say new MemberMouse users can go “from zero to first customer in 2 minutes and 30 seconds”. Go to MemberMouse Review page.

 Paid Memberships Pro

Another popular choice is Paid Memberships Pro. PMPro offers an easy to use free plugin. While it is a solid option, it is equally important to consider that the free version offers zero developer support. The only way to get customer service/support is by joining the PMPro user’s forum which does have a yearly subscription fee. If you must have a free option in the beginning then this is a great place to start but most membership sites will need to transition to a different solution over time.

 

You can also check the Choosing the Best WordPress Membership Plugin article.

S2Member vs. MemberPress

S2Member vs. MemberPress

S2Member vs. MemberPress

It can be tricky comparing S2Member to other WordPress membership plugins because it offers both a free and pro version. A majority of core capabilities are available with the free version but the Pro version offers much more flexibility, especially in terms of integrating popular payment processors. Another WordPress membership plugin that can be difficult to compare is MemberPress. This is because MemberPress uses a strict rules-based approach to protecting content that isn’t often found across the bevy of WordPress membership site plugins available.

1. Configuration Options
The easiest way to compare both plugins is by looking at the built-in configuration options and features. The free S2Member boasts a feature set very similar to MemberPress. As a result, when you start looking at S2Member Pro, it becomes much more robust than MemberPress. The key to gaining maximum flexibility out of MemberPress lies in getting comfortable with the rules-based approach. By setting up the rules for every piece of protected content for every membership level you gain maximum flexibility. At the same time, this creates a lot extra work during the initial setup process. On the other hand, configuring S2Member is fairly straightforward so while you may not have quite as much flexibility implementing any changes is much easier during the setup phase.

2. Ease of Use
In terms of sheer simplicity S2Member is well ahead of MemberPress. It doesn’t matter if you are looking at integrating payment gateways, customizing content protection on a large scale, or just managing multiple membership levels S2Member is easier to use. The interface is clearing and more intuitive which cuts down on the initial learning curve. When you upgrade to the Pro version, you will find it equally as easy to use but there will be more functionality-related options available. There will be a host of additional payment processors/payment gateways you can integrate as well.

3. Long Term Viability
S2Member has two key characteristics that ensure its long term viability. The first is there is a free version which means it is easy for people to give it a test drive and upgrade later if they desire. This has created a wide base of users and ensures there is incentive for the developers to continue improving it. The second characteristic is how the Pro upgrade is designed. Instead of withholding key features in the free version a majority of features are already there. The primary reason people upgrade is because the Pro version is how you can integrate the most popular payment processors. As a result, the webmaster considering the upgrade immediately sees how upgrading is a profitable business decision. They already like the plugin and know they will generate more income by integrating the most popular payment processors.
On the other hand, MemberPress is a relative newcomer and does not have a large enough user base to ensure long term viability. Plus there is free trial or ability to get a refund. This stops many people from buying MemberPress in the first place. If they truly don’t like the plugin they have zero chance of getting a refund. This makes it difficult for MemberPress to generate more customers on a regular basis.

Overall
As it stands today, S2Member is the clear winner. It doesn’t matter if you are comparing the free or Pro version of S2Member – it trumps MemberPress in nearly every way. While the rules-based approach MemberPress employs may prove to be the best option in the long run, it is still to unrefined to be in serious consideration for membership sites with multiple membership tiers and/or products.

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Single License: $69
Unlimited License: $129

S2Member Review

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Single License: $99
Developer License:$199

MemberPress Review

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Wishlist Member vs. MemberPress

Wishlist Member vs. MemberPress

Wishlist Member vs. MemberPress

Wishlist Member has been a top WordPress membership plugin for quite some time. The problem comparing many WordPress membership plugins is they are all similar in a lot of ways. This is what makes MemberPress interesting. It is unlike nearly every other plugin on the market. The big question is whether or not this is a good thing or not.

1. Ease of Use
Like most popular membership site management plugins Wishlist Member utilizes a layout and interface as the WordPress dashboard. While no one would ever confuse it for the WordPress Dashboard the transition between one and other is fairly seamless. Much of the setup and customization is reliant on the point-and-click strategy. This is the area in which MemberPress easily stands out. The entire setup process is rules-based. This means for every piece of protected content a set of rules must be created. While this is a great idea in theory because it offers unlimited customization the reality is much different. This is because rules must be created and applied to every piece of content and membership level. As a result, the initial setup process can quickly start to feel tedious. Plus a rules-based mistake in regards to membership levels can undermine the rules setup for individual products and pieces of content.

2. Potential for Problems
In the short term there is no doubt the potential for technical problems within Wishlist Member is minimal. It is one of the most mature plugins in the marketplace so any major problem has been dealt with long ago. On the other hand, many users have reported errors with MemberPress. It is difficult to tell if many of these are legitimate errors or just mistakes caused by setting up rules incorrectly, but either way there are a lot of concerns out there. The point of buying a WordPress membership plugin is to save time and eliminate the need to worry about protecting content. In this case, MemberPress leaves some people wanting more.
3. 3rd Party Integration
Another problem caused by heavy use of rules within MemberPress is it doesn’t always get along with 3rd party plugins very well. This is particularly problematic for WordPress users because plugins are critical to getting the most out of the flexibility the WordPress platform has to offer. On the other hand, Wishlist Member has a range of 3rd party plugins built specifically to work with Wishlist Member. Plus, since very little changes within the core framework of the Wishlist Member plugin there is little chance of large-scale compatibility issues in the future. MemberPress is still too young to predict whether any major compatibility issues will arise.

4. Refund Policy
While it may not seem like a big deal the lack of refund policy offered by MemberPress is concerning. It is understanding to have a tight refund policy in regards to digital products, especially applications, but have no refund policy out all is problematic. If someone has tried MemberPress and legitimately doesn’t want to every use it again they still won’t be able to get their money back. It also speaks to faith, or lack thereof, on behalf of the developers behind MemberPress.

Overall
If these are the only two options you are considering then Wishlist Member is the clear winner. Not only is it one of the strongest and most reliable options on the market but it is also has a strong track record of keeping customers happy and satisfied with their purchase.

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Wishlist Member

Single License: $97
3-Site License: $194
Unlimited License: $297

Wishlist Member Review

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MemberPress

Single License: $99
Developer License:$199

MemberPress Review

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MemberPress Includes Affiliate Royale Now

MemberPress Affiliate Royale

MemberPress includes Affiliate Royale in its packages now.

When you purchase MemberPress you will also receive Affiliate Royale license. So you will not need to purchase a WordPress affiliate plugin for MemberPress.

What is Affiliate Royale?

If you’re not familiar with Affiliate Royale, it’s a powerful WordPress plugin that allows you to roll out your own affiliate program. It integrates seamlessly with MemberPress and has integrations with several other payment systems. It will allow you to easily track your affiliates to see how they’re doing. You’ll see how many clicks they’re driving, sales they’re making and how much to pay them at the end of each month.

 

Affiliate Royale as a MemberPress Addon?

Yes! It’s now available for download on our MemberPress addons page but we’re not talking about a basic addon here or a “watered down” version … but the full Affiliate Royale plugin which normally sells for $85 for a single site and $165 for an unlimited sites license (both annually recurring) … is included with your purchase of the Business or Developer Editions of MemberPress.

Download and Installation

Here’s how you can download & install Affiliate Royale if you’re an existing or new MemberPress customer:

  1. Log in and download Affiliate Royale from our addons page
  2. Install the Affiliate Royale zip file as you would with any other plugin
  3. Go to “Affiliate Royale”  -> “Activate” and enter your MemberPress license key
  4. Go to “Affiliate Royale” -> “Options” -> “Payment Integration” make sure MemberPress is selected

Check MemberPress here, you can also check  Affiliate Royale here.

Member Press Review

Member Press Review

Beyond the Basics: A Member Press Review

Member Press has had some ups and downs throughout the WordPress community over the past few releases. On one hand, it seems to offer a majority of the features membership site owners want. On the other hand, there are some significant potential drawbacks depending upon what type of membership site is going to be created. As a result, Member Press is considered a good solution for some situations, but far from a comprehensive solution.

Highlights of Member Press

Member Press is a purpose-built membership site plugin designed specifically for WordPress. This provides some inherent benefits over standard membership site software. Primarily this means Member Press works with the built-in WordPress features and architecture which ensure integration will be fairly straightforward.

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