Once purely known as a blogging platform, WordPress has developed in to a powerful and popular content management system, used by millions of websites worldwide. WordPress also has an active and loyal reader-base and this has led to a huge variety of themes and plugins that are available. Membership plugins are popular for giving webmasters the chance offer subscription and membership to fans, providing them with premium content that is not available to those that are not signed up.
As membership sites become more popular, the number of available plugins grows, and there are now dozens of these add-ons, ranging from simple free plugins with limited support to premium professional plugins with numerous features.
If you’re looking for the best membership plugin for your WordPress site, the following list maybe of some benefit:
Before WordPress was the force it is today, and before numerous membership plugins started popping up, there was aMember. The original add-on is still one of the most popular and has many great features, the most notable of which is its full integration with WordPress. Content drip is another standout feature of aMember and affords users the ability to protect downloads, and change subscription lengths. Users can also benefit from multiple language support.
This membership plugin is heralded by many as the best available. Wishlist Member comes in two different licences: single or unlimited sites, and has a 30-day money back guarantee. Amongst the range of excellent features, Wishlist offers a shopping cart, custom log-in pages, multiple payment gateways, partial content levels for different membership levels and auto responder integration. Customer support comes in the form of a ticket system which is unlimited for one year, and there is a whole host of tutorials and documentation available.
Restrict Content Pro does exactly as the name suggests – restricts content. With this premium plugin, you can create an unlimited number of membership levels including free trial and premium and make specific posts and pages available only to members on a particular package. What’s more, the simple to use plugin can also be used to manage memberships, track payments with full PayPal integration (other options available), and offer discounts with a discount code system.
For a regular licence of $30 dollars, you are able to gain full access to Restrict Content Pro and receive full support from the developers’ dedicated support forum.
Although it is currently only available on a single site license, WP eMember is a solid plugin with features including category based access limitation, member management area, and the ability to restrict content for different membership levels.
Magic Members is an excellent choice of plugin for anyone that is looking to build a custom membership site on WordPress. Features include drip feed content and post/page delay, coupon creation, unlimited number of membership levels, protected RSS feeds, and plenty more. The plugin comes with 30-day no risk guarantee, but its cost will depend on how many sites you intend to install it on. A ticket support system is free for one year and there are tons of video tutorials and how-to guides to help you along.
If you’re looking for some unique features in your membership plugin, MemberWing could be the ideal choice. Amongst the range of cool features is Google First Click Free, which allows you to optimize search traffic, and content theft protection, whereby users can identify anyone trying to steal your posts and articles.
The payment integration system of MemberWing is also more advanced than some other plugins, with options including 2Checkout, PayPal, Google Checkout, TrialPay, PayDotCom and e-junkie.
Three licenses are available: Professional One (for a single site), Professional Unlimited (for unlimited sites) and a free non-commercial license.
CMS Member is one of the only WordPress MU and BuddyPress compatible membership plugins out there and comes with a nice selection of features, including multiple languages, partial content display, controlled access of content per membership level, and a built in newsletter. CMS Member also offers seamless integration with affiliate marketing systems and comes with excellent support.
Members is one of the few free membership plugins available and while it lacks many of the features of paid plugins, it does allow WP admins the chance to create a membership site. There is a yearly charge to access the support forums.
Suma is a fairly basic WP membership plugin that comes with a free 14-day trial. While the features are limited in comparison to some of the other plugins available, it does allow the restriction of content based on whether or not the visitor has a membership and has a few extension add-ons. Support for Suma is done via a ticketing system.
s2Member is a plugin available in two versions: s2Member and s2Member Pro. The former is a free version of the plugin, while the latter is a premium licensed version. Naturally, the free s2Member is much more limited than Pro, although, it does offer the ability to create up to four membership levels, drip feed content, and restrict content based on membership level.
s2Member Pro comes with PayPal Website Payments Pro integration and user information importing and exporting tools, as well as other features that cannot be found on the free plugin. Both single and unlimited licenses are available and premium subscribers receive lifetime unlimited support and updates. Support on the free version is provided at the plugin’s homepage through comments.
Your Members began life as a very basic membership plugin, but has grown into one of the best WP plugins available. Sequential content delivery, coupon creation, RSS feed protection, and partial text display are just some of the features included and there is great support direct from the plugin itself. Users have the option of either a Your Members single license for single sites, or an unlimited license for multiple sites.
By choosing one of the WordPress membership plugins from this list, your site can soon be transformed into one that rewards its members.
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