What is the best WordPress membership plugin?


What is the best WordPress membership plugin? Anyone recommend a paid WordPress membership plugin? I’m searching for the best membership plugin. I would pay max 200-300 dollars. I want to upload videos (or link from Wistia or Vimeo). Manage membership levels, more than 1 course.
Payment system would be good if included or easy integration from other plugins. What do you suggest?

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Anonymous 3 years 2019-05-04T13:51:56+00:00 11 Answers 3

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    There’s plenty of good options, what’s best for you will depend on how much power and flexibility you need.

    Here are 5 Best WordPress Membership Plugins:

    • S2Member – The free version’s often enough for simple sites.
    • Restrict Content Pro – Excellent quality but limited if you want multiple levels.
    • MemberPress – A top notch plugin, if I had to recommend one blind, I think this would be it.
    • MemberMouse – Incredibly stable, powerful, and relatively easy to use. And if you want to include fancy course management, add WP Courseware or Free LIFTERLMS plugin. I’m a fan of MEMBERMOUSE.
    • Woocommerce Memberships – Versatile, powerful, and one of the easier ones to work with, though not cheap.
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    I’ve been with MemberPress for 2 years. Easy to setup (like in 10 minutes if you know how to navigate your way around WordPress). Even if you don’t, the setup page is super-easy to understand.

    Works really well with other plugin. I never need to contact their Customer Service. Because I have zero problem using it.


    I use s2Member and set up my site over 4 years ago. It might not be intuitive, but it is extremely flexible. But again, it fits MY needs. Each membership plugin/platform will suit some people and not others. At least s2Member has a free version so you can check it and set it all up without paying. Only if you want some advanced features, you can go Pro, and then, it is only a one-time fee, NOT a monthly/yearly payment.


    I use Infusionsoft with AccessAlly (Membership Plugin), but again I am using Infusionsoft for all my automation, so I needed a solution that connected my Infusionsoft to my WordPress.


    Best WordPress Membership Plugin

    I think it all depends on what you need. There are plenty of good options, but if they don’t have a feature you want then they’re not going to be good for your site.

    We use MemberPress for Member Site Academy and it does the job well for us. But for client sites we used whichever option was best for that particular sites needs.

    There isn’t a perfect option, but there are a number of good ones so I wouldn’t agree with saying they all suck at all.

    If you want flexibility, as you suggest, then Digital Access Pass is the way to go…login/log out buttons, editable registration forms, editable check out pages, add to cart button or buy now, change colors and even edit css to dashboard, very flexible if that’s what you are looking for…

    Member365 also rocks.

    MemberPress is very good, and solid code base. Updating the templates is a bit of a PIA, but you can do it well if you know what you’re doing, and it’s great that they live outside the core.

    I am a big fan of Memberium. Allows me to give conditional access, automate everything, integrates with most plugins, great support and can be used with a few automation softwares

    When people say “Hey guys, what’s the best membership plugin for my website?” – there really isn’t an answer to this without going through some discovery, and knowing all the requirements etc etc, and what the scale looks like to you. How about this ……. if you asked me “Hey Dave, what’s the best screwdriver in the world?”, I would totally hand you a Robertson screw driver. But what if you needed it for a Philips screw ? I’d still think my Robertson is the best! But it would be useless to you.


    What is “best” depends on what the requirements are, and doesn’t really have anything to do with theme. If you want additional plugin suggestions try this group, a Google search will bring up articles comparing the features of different membership plugins, or try this group.

    I have tried many membership plugins and they all work just fine. There are so many free and paid ones I suggest find the one that has the features you need (most cover all the basic) and try it. Nice thing about free plugins they cost you nothing to try them.

    MemberPress is great and it’s even better if you get it from No Hassle Websites as they provide you with a fully built membership site for US$99 which includes the cost of the plugin. It’s fantastic value and the support is excellent too.


    I 100% agree depends what you are wanting to use it for. I am building three different membership style sites and they are all going to have different plugins/solutions. MemberPress is easy to use but has it’s faults and they never seem to release updates… I tried out WooMemberships and it’s all kinds of awful and their helpdesk are appalling. Currently working with MemberMouse on a build and very impressed – but if your site is simple you probably don’t need the level of functionality they offer. At the moment I’m using woocommerce membership but not that happy with it really . When someone joins as a member I want new members to be pending at first , because I want to manually approve . Sounds weird I know but my client wants to keep total control on who joins


    Wishlist Member Review:

    We are using WishlistMember, not hating it, not loving it. got it in the recent coupon from Appsumo, so inclined to use it. our membership is not English speaking, so we are facing some basic issues with their payment integrations. also, not a small number of people got messed up with the registration form, causing incomplete registration. we are doing more customer support than we expected (but blessed as people are eager enough to join so they communicate that to us). all in all it has GREAT integration but it still feels like something that came out of the early 2000s.
    WishlistMember Plugin Pricing


    Which Membership Plugin is Best for Your WordPress Site?

    We use Memberpress. Yes, their support is email only but I have found that only one time was an issue a fault of theirs. Usually, the routine is that they help me figure out who the culprit really is, and nowadays that my skill set has improved, I am able to find the problem before they get to respond -and it’s not their fault. The only time they had something to do with the issue, Stripe had updated something and Memberpress needed to push an update. I didn’t get the update fast enough and payments were failing – Memberpress responded after that incident by having their plug-in update automatically (maybe a year ago). I had 500 errors a month ago or so and it turned out that my server and a plug-in that was supposed to speed up my site by working with the JavaScript was interfering with the JavaScript that was needed to run Memberpress. Feel free to PM me or Google how to look at Java errors with the developer tools in Chrome. I suspect that’s you’re the issue.
    MemeberPress Pricing


    Just purchased Restrict Content Pro lifetime plan. I also downloaded Easy Digital Downloads. I have been using Woocommerce and Delightful Downloads with Memberpress Basic.
    I’m going to get rid of Memberpress and Delightful Downloads but now I’m questioning whether not I should also just get rid of Woocommerce and run all of my products which are all downloads through easy digital downloads instead of having two separate things.
    At some point in the future, I may want to sell physical products but I am not doing that currently.
    I am offering a few free products (with registration to capture email) and a few paid products, all downloads.
    What combination do you use? I would really love some input on this.
    PS: MemberPress is awesome but it doesn’t integrate with Woocommerce unless I go up one level (Plus) so buying the lifetime plan of Restrict Content Pro will pay for itself in two years and since it is the ultimate plan I get all the bells and whistles. I am embedding a Restrict Content Pro Tutorial From Youtube which teaches How to Build a Membership Site with Restrict Content Pro.
    Get Restrict Content Pro LTD


    Paid Membership Pro allows you to load up your user and order data from CSV. There’s a free version so you could try it on a test site. I would recommend paying for support if you decide to use it. They are pretty helpful and you get a fair amount of support included.
    I integrate paid memberships pro with MailChimp. This is available if you have the paid version of MailChimp which allows multiple audiences. You do need to make sure you have permission to mail these ex-members.

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