If you have a website with lots of valuable content, turning it into a membership-based site can make it a very lucrative business for you. There are loads of use-cases for membership plugins, and there are quite a number of such plugins as well.
Here are the best ones we’ve found:
It will give you the ability to confidently create, manage and analyse membership subscriptions and digital products. In addition to these powerful abilities, MemberPress will allow you to grant and revoke access to posts, pages, categories, tags, feeds, communities and digital files based on what products your users have purchased or subscribed to.
With MemberPress you’ll be able to create powerful and compelling WordPress membership sites that leverage all of the tremendous features of WordPress and WordPress plugins including content management, forums and social communities.
Pricing: $99/year (Business Edition) | $199/year (Developer Edition)
WishList Member™ is a powerful, yet easy to use membership solution that can turn any WordPress blog into a full-blown membership site.
Just unzip and upload the plugin, and within minutes you’ll have your own membership site up and running, complete with protected, members-only content, integrated payments, member management, and so much more.
Pricing: $197 (Single-Site License) | $297 (Multi-Site License)
Restrict Content Pro is a complete membership and premium content manager plugin for WordPress. Create an unlimited number of memberships levels, including free, trial and premium.
Manage member’s and their subscriptions, track payments, offer discounts with a complete discount code system, and provide premium, members-only content to your subscribers.
Pricing: $42/year (Single-Site License) | $86/year (5-Site License) | $132/year (Unlimited Sites)
s2Member is a plugin for professional WordPress membership management, integrating seamlessly with user roles & capabilities for WordPress.
Protect your content – pages, posts, tags, categories, URIs, URI word fragments, URI replacement codes for BuddyPress, specific post/page “Buy Now” access, and even portions of content within posts, pages, themes and plugins – all easily configurable & highly extensible.
You can even protect downloadable files, stream audio and/or video, and store files either locally or using s2Member’s integration with Amazon S3/CloudFront.
Pricing: $89 (Single-Site License) | $189(Unlimited Site License)
Paid Member Subscriptions is a powerful, yet really easy to setup & use membership plugin for WordPress and WooCommerce.
You can easily create an unlimited number of hierarchical subscription plans, restrict or drip content based on active subscription, as well as accept payments using the most popular gateways, like Stripe, PayPal Standard, PayPal Pro & Express.
Paid Member Subscriptions integrates nicely with WooCommerce allowing you to restrict product viewing or purchase to non-members, as well as set up discounted prices to members.
While the main plugin is free, the premium version comes with a wide range of advanced add-ons, so you can use only what’s needed for your situation. Among them are Invoices, Content dripping, Discount codes, Email reminders, Global content restriction or Pay what you want pricing.
Set up unlimited membership levels and provide restricted access to pages, posts, categories, videos, forums, downloads, support, single “a la carte” page access, and more. Paid Memberships Pro is flexible enough to fit the needs of almost all online and offline businesses. It works great out of the box, but is easy for developers to customize to fit your needs.
Paid Memberships Pro is the community solution for adding paid memberships to your WordPress site. PMPro is 100% GPL. All code, including add-ons, is available for free from the WordPress repository or from their site. The version in the WordPress repository is the full version of the plugin with no restrictions or additional licenses required.
Pricing: Free | $97 (PMPro Core) | $197 (PMPro Plus)
DAP is a premium WordPress membership platform to create a fully automated, “buyers only” site with one-time payments, recurring subscriptions or no payments at all (free members).
DAP has a built-in ContentResponder (to drip content), email autoresponder and a broadcast system, shopping cart with coupons, dime-sales and 1-click upsells and an affiliate program that instantly turns your members into your own private salesforce.
Pricing: $167 (One-site) | $297 (Unlimited Sites) | $497 (Membership Site In A Box) | $39.99/month (Part of WickedCoolClub Platinum)
MemberMouse is an easy to use WordPress membership plugin that allows you to sell products, subscriptions and memberships, setup a password protected member’s area, offer 1-click upsells and downsells, manage customers, automate customer service, track critical retention metrics and more.
No matter where you’re starting from, MemberMouse has the power you need to maximize revenue and get your business running like a well-oiled machine.
Pricing: $19.95/month (Starter) | $99/month (Advanced) | $299/month (Premium)
The Membership add-on for iThemes Exchange is a WordPress membership plugin that allows you to sell membership access to your WordPress site with iThemes Exchange.
Membership sites are all about access—and the member experience. As with all things Exchange, the main priority with the Membership Add-on is keeping it simple.
Pricing: $97 (2 Sites) | $150 (Unlimited Sites) | $197 (Pro Pack – All iThemes Exchange Add-ons)
PrivateContent takes advantage of the wordpress structure to let you create unlimited lists of users and restrict your website contents. To keep the integrity of the wordpress users, they are stored in a separated database.
If with wordpress you have a small number of roles, here you make the rules. Having the ability to create user categories your customization capabilities are virtually unlimited. Each user can be assigned to one or more categories giving you the maximum flexibility possible.
The plugin has got also some extra features to help you manage users with ease, such as category filter, data sorting and an internal search. Gives you also the ability of deactivate users, to keep them in the database but deactivating their accesses to restrict contents.
Pricing: $19 (Regular License) | $95 (Extended License)
WP-Members is a membership plugin for WordPress – perfect for newsletters, premium content sites, and more. The plugin restricts selected WordPress content to registered site members.
WP-Members puts the registration process on the site front end so it is inline with your content (and thus your branded theme) instead of the native WP login page. It works with no modifications to your theme, but it is scalable for users that want to customize the look and feel, or want to restrict only some content. It’s a great tool for sites offering premium content to subscribers, and is adaptable to a variety of applications.
So, what’s your favourite membership plugin for WordPress?