26 Responses

  1. Mohsin
    Mohsin May 9, 2013 at 17:14 | | Reply

    A long time s2Member user and fan here, what I have liked most is the ease with which I could integrate it with the code of application themes with front end posting functionality.

  2. donnacha
    donnacha May 12, 2013 at 19:03 | | Reply

    Interesting subject but hard to tell which ones are best and for what reasons.

    Surely you should also mention Justin Tadlock’s Members plugin? I would guess that many of these paid plugins have taken at least some “inspiration” from Justin’s code, which is available freely in the WordPress.org repository.

    Having said that, it is well worth paying if a plugin gives specific advantages in getting your paid membership site up and running but, as I say, I wish it was easier to work out what the advantages of each one are.

    1. Brent
      Brent July 2, 2013 at 23:48 | | Reply

      Agreed, Justin’s Members plugin is excellent.

      Maybe too simple for commercial membership sites, but it does what it says on the tin and does it beautifully.

  3. Robert
    Robert May 16, 2013 at 08:27 | | Reply

    There is also WP-Emember from Tips and Tricks HQ, MemberMouse, and about a dozen more. Seems like everyone is getting in on the paid-content bandwagon. I’ve covered almost 30 or so on my site. Both hosted solutions using wordpress and non-hosted plugins.

  4. Jake
    Jake May 21, 2013 at 14:35 | | Reply

    I agree with Robert here, there are so many more out there even if this is a long list. I currently use MemberMouse on my sites and I completely love it. It is the most powerful membership software I have used (I haven’t used them all). I would be interested in seeing others that have compared these more than just a list of what they all do.

  5. Jeff
    Jeff May 31, 2013 at 01:28 | | Reply

    Since these are plugins, can I assume they will work with the Genesis Framework theme?

  6. Stella
    Stella June 18, 2013 at 23:49 | | Reply

    This article would actually be useful if you had a feature comparison table or if you asked the authors to send you a review copy of the plugins and then compared the features, user interface, price, ease of use etc. You could also comment on which cases each plug-in is most useful. Otherwise it’s just an article that promotes affiliate links with minimal value for the Reader. Jean, I read your blog quite often but you’re not going to go far with these tactics. Valuable content is an output of hard work not just a collection of promotional links. This is just a friendly message from a WordPress lover in Greece.

  7. Demetrius
    Demetrius July 9, 2013 at 05:47 | | Reply

    It was a great starting point for me! Sometimes, just the quick details are enough. .. you can do the digging from there! Thanks for doing some of the leg work for me.

  8. NdnaJnz
    NdnaJnz July 10, 2013 at 06:36 | | Reply

    Jean –

    Great write-up and very timely for my development requirements! Thanks!

    I am rebuilding a Web site (http://californiaconsultants.org) from scratch using WordPress. I am currently using the Tersus theme as it was recommended by a friend (not sure it was the right way to go. I was initially going to use the Genesis theme.) The Web site is for the IEEE – Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley of which I am a member. This is simply a group of (primarily) engineering consultants, meeting monthly in Santa Clara, and having profiles on a membership Web site. We do not sell any products, except membership is $50/year.

    Anyway, the purpose of our Web site is twofold: first, to allow company project managers (or anyone) search our site for the expertise they need for their project and find an appropriately-skilled consultant. We are not a broker; we do not charge anything extra. We are simply a database of consultants.

    At first, I thought I could just use WP’s built-in user levels to control access on the site but, that looks like it’s going to be quite complicated for what I need. We also have special access for our board of directors to do things like: add new members, print badges for meetings, print a membership roster, check for unpaid renewals, etc. The new site will also add a blog so I will need to set up a few user levels for that as well.

    After watching the video of setting up a site with MemberPress, I am quite impressed with its capabilities. But, I still am not certain I can make this work for what I need.

    Any insight or recommendations would be immensely appreciated.

    Thanks, and sorry for the long-winded message but, I wanted to paint a full picture of what I need.


    Jeff Safire
    Consultant, Shadow Cliffs Engineering
    Director, IEEE – CNSV

  9. Chad Butler
    Chad Butler September 23, 2013 at 17:29 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,
    Nice article and pretty well covered. However, I noticed that you didn’t include WP-Members in your your selections? This plugin has been in the wordpress.org plugin nearly since its inception and has about 350k downloads and ranks fairly high in the repository when sorted by popularity. http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-members/

  10. oscar582234
    oscar582234 February 14, 2014 at 18:13 | | Reply

    Hi Jean and all,
    Firstly its such a great work that you re trying to help out people here. Secondly I have this question: I m gonna build a casting agency site with WP, so film producers can search actors online. So obviously actors should be basic member first to my site, then if they want to create their profiles (upload photos and info about them) they need to be paid member using paypal payment gateway. 3 user levels:
    1.NonMembers public: Can view few random actors’ 1 thumb photo and just the name of his/her on homepage, can not do actor search.
    2.Paid Members (actors): Filled a short form then paid on paypal or paid on paypal first then Filled a long form to be member of the site and uploaded photos to create profile,
    3.Producer members: They dont need to pay but admin needs to manually authorise them, so they can browse and fully search all actors, and can see everything on their profiles.
    I only need paypal payment. No credit cards or check or etc.
    So please tell me which membership plugin would suit me best?

  11. Bob Tolbert
    Bob Tolbert April 6, 2014 at 04:16 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    Though your review is from 2013 I was wondering if you are still using Wishlist Member.

    My team has developed a plugin that automates the registration process so when members return from the shopping cart they are automatically registered and logged-in to the site.

    We are selling this plugin for over a year now and we would love to hear your thoughts about it.

    We’re adding new features to it all the time according to customers’ feedbacks.

    You can find more information about it in our online store:


    Best regards,

    Bob Tolbert

    Developers Department Manager


  12. Lincoln Islam
    Lincoln Islam May 26, 2014 at 17:15 | | Reply

    Wp-member is a fake company & plugin i bought their plugin & asked for little support no reply & when i had to change the site from demo server to client server my plugin was locked by license & tried several times to connect for support but they never replied. So seems like once they have got your payment they will never reply or ans you. I would suggest everyone please dont buy wp-member unless you wanna get into trouble with your clients deadline.

  13. James
    James July 16, 2015 at 12:11 | | Reply

    Hello Jean and all,

    Every comment is very helpful, Wow, I got the lot of thinks from there.However, I want to add something, and recently I just released the membership plugin in the wordpress repository who is called “rs-members”. Before developing I just studied existence all membership wordpress plugin.I got many problems from the those.As a result; I just tried to include many useful features.Without programming skill any guys can easily maintain this plugin.Guys you can visit my “rs-members” from wordpress repository.


    Thank you gentleman For patiently reading.

  14. Munny RezaNazmoon Munny
    Munny RezaNazmoon Munny November 23, 2015 at 14:23 | | Reply

    As usual another great post I found from related post. from you. I used S2member before, but it not so easy to use, specially for beginner and non-technical person like me. Just few days ago I changed membership system from my site using “Moz Membership” which is available at: http://thememoz.com/product/moz-membership/

    I hope people whoever will read this post from related post or from google will get this membership plugin very useful as mine.

  15. Ankur
    Ankur November 4, 2016 at 15:02 | | Reply

    Hey Jean,

    Very useful information and nice comparison about membership plugins. Please consider new and very powerful membership plugin ARMember too.



  16. Almin Valyani
    Almin Valyani November 6, 2017 at 01:45 | | Reply

    A long time ARMember user and fan here, what I have liked most is the ease with which I could integrate it with the code of application themes with front end posting functionality.

  17. john depth
    john depth November 10, 2017 at 00:46 | | Reply

    Extremely valuable data and pleasant examination of enrollment modules. It would be ideal if you consider new and capable participation module ARMember as well.

  18. Damon Moats
    Damon Moats August 19, 2018 at 23:51 | | Reply

    Thanks, Its a very good list of WordPress Membership Plugins, here’s another 2018’s free and Premium WordPress Membership Plugins list at: https://www.wpblog.com/best-free-premium-wordpress-membership-plugins/ Sharing here because I found it very useful. I hope others will like it too. thanks

  19. UserPlace
    UserPlace October 29, 2018 at 00:36 | | Reply

    Thanks for this write-up!
    Great list. Awesome post!
    I used UserPlace – A complete Free WordPress Membership Plugin. Excellent plugin with great documentation, It is very nice and simply superb. It has easy settings to understand. And many free features. Great WordPress Membership Plugin. Best FREE membership plugin!

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