Top 14 WordPress Membership Plugins Explained

Premium and free WordPress membership plugins enable WP blog owners to convert their site into content rich membership websites. Member plugins for WordPress vary from the simple free WP plugin with minimal support to professional WP membership solutions with integrated payment gateways and bundles of features.

Below we’ve identified some of the best premium membership plugins as well as a couple free WP membership plugin alternatives. We’ve also included a comparison chart for you to easily compare WordPress membership plugins according to price, features, and support. Should you need any other excellent WP plugins to improve your site, take a look at our premium WordPress plugins review list.

Premium WordPress Membership Plugins

WishList Member – An exceptional WP membership plugin that comes in two different licenses (single, unlimited sites) and a 30-day money back guarantee. Notable features include a shopping cart, multiple payment gateways, custom login pages, the ability to display partial content for different member levels, and more. One year of unlimited customer support is provided through a support ticket system, video tutorials, and numerous instructional guides.

WordPress eMember – Client support for this WP membership plugin is served via a support forums and tutorials. It’s currently only available in a single site license but your purchase includes free lifetime updates and unlimited support instances. Stand out features include the ability to restrict posts and pages per member level, category based access restriction, and a complete member management area.

Magic Members – This WP membership plugin offers lots of features to build your own custom made membership website using WordPress. Such features include sequential content delivery (i.e. drip feed, post/page delay), protected RSS feeds, the ability to create an unlimited number of member levels, coupon creation, and much more. The plugin varies in price according to the number of sites you need to install it on but it includes a 30 day no risk guarantee. Free support for the plugin is provided for one year with each purchase and it can be accessed via support tickets, video tutorials, and various documentation guides.

CMS Members – This is a premium WordPress membership site plugin that’s compatible with BuddyPress and WP MU. Features include partial content display, the ability to control content access per member level, restriction of posts and pages per membership level, a built-in newsletter, and the seamless integration with popular autoresponders like Aweber. The plugin is available in multiple languages and support is offered via instruction guides and a user support forum.

s2Member Pro – The professional version of the popular s2Member plugin for WordPress. s2Member Pro offers extra features not available in the free version. These include PayPal Website Payments Pro integration, custom PayPal form generators and checkout pages, plus tools for importing and exporting user information. Two licensing options are available: single ($69) and unlimited website installations ($129). Your premium s2Member WordPress plugin comes with unlimited support and updates for life.

WP-Member – Available licenses for this WordPress membership site plugin include a single site license and a developer license. The inclusion of support and plugin updates varies according to which license you buy and support is provided via a ticketing system. It offers example benefits like a quick and easy installation, content protection, the ability to display content teasers, and much more.

MemberWing – A WordPress membership site plugin that provides some unique features not seen frequently in similar WP membership plugins. Such things include content theft protection that can identify who is attempting to steal your articles and Google’s First Click Free feature for optimizing search traffic for your member based website. Three licenses are offered; a free non-commercial license, the Professional One (single site), and the Professional Unlimited (unlimited number of sites). Customer support is provided via a user forum.

Amember Pro – Despite its comparatively high sale price, this is one of the most popular and well known WordPress membership plugins. Many great features like content drip, the ability to alter member subscription lengths, protected downloads, multiple language support, integration with Simple:Press and vBulletin, plus a built-in mass mailer will appeal to many membership site owners. Amember Professional comes with a 30-day no risk money back guarantee, 6 months of free updates, and unlimited customer support that provided through a ticketing system.

Your Members – A premium WordPress membership plugin that includes features such as sequential content delivery, RSS tokens to protect your feeds, the ability to create coupons and discount offers/sales, a la carte pay per post access, and partial text display capabilities. Support for the Your Members WP plugin is served via a support forum and the plugin can be purchase with a single site license or a developer license.

Digital Access Pass – DAP offers an extensive amount of features and tools to turn your plain old WP blog into a full blown WordPress membership site. It even integrates with popular WordPress based forums like bbPress, Simple:Press, and WP-Forum. Purchase of a license for this plugin includes a 30-day money back guarantee as well as a robust support environment for which to provide guidance in the event you require troubleshooting assistance.

Suma – This is a basic WordPress membership site plugin that offers a few extension modules to add on extra functionality that you may want. While the basic version is fairly cheap it doesn’t offer any ability to receive payments from customers. Thus, if you intend on charging clients, you’ll need to upgrade and purchase the payments module that compliments this plugin. Support for this WP plugin is processed via support tickets only.

WP-Membership – Another no-frills type of WordPress membership site plugin that includes the essential features like the ability to create membership levels and login redirection. However, it does integrate with multiple payment gateways and allows the admin to restrict access to post and pages per member level too. Plugin updates are unlimited for the single site license when purchased and unlimited support requests are addressed via a community forum.

Free WordPress Membership Plugins

s2Member – This is a free WordPress membership plugin that is also compatible with BuddyPress and WordPress MU (WP MU). It offers admins the ability to create up to four membership levels, delay post/page content, restrict access to different member levels per post/page as well as limit access via categories and tags to certain members. Support for this plugin is only offered through the plugin’s homepage in the form of comments.

Members – Another free WordPress membership plugin that was created to allow WP admins to create a private membership site. Unfortunately this one lacks many features compared to s2Member or the other premium WordPress membership plugins. It’s still in its infancy of development offering a roles based member management interface with no payment integration. Despite that the plugin is freely available to download, the author charges for a yearly reoccurring fee to access the support forum.


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