If you are thinking of launching a membership site, relax while taking a cup of coffee.(or beer). I have done the hard work for you and found Eight(8) of the Best WordPress membership plugins.

It is not a secret that membership sites are the most profitable

The number of membership plugins is increasing dramatically and the competition is optimum. Most businesses would like to start a membership site but do not know how to do it.

Before choosing any of this plugins, I have divided them to make the process of choosing the best one for your needs very easy. You will be able to choose which one will cater to all your needs.

Best WordPress Membership Plugins: Table of Contents

Before choosing Any plug-in, Measure Your Ideas.


All plugins are different and do not do the same functions. If you ask me what is best for you I cannot give you a straight answer. Does the plug-in really meet your needs?

I know most people would like to go for the cheapest plugin or even a FREE plugin if there was one to launch their product. Is your business not worth the price? If a plugin does not carry out your goal, there is no point of purchasing it. I better go for the most expensive but of the best quality.

We have made it simple for you to choose because the process can be overwhelming when you do not know where to start searching. At times you may even end up having the wrong option that you NEVER intended to.

How to choose a Membership Plugin the Perfect Way


In my list below, I have included the most common features that you need to look into before purchasing any plugin. Each plugin may be different and may not have the feature that you want for your membership site business. Below are the things that you will have to consider:

1. Membership Levels

At first, you may think that your idea is not working. Some may start with 1 or 2 memberships at most. My heroic Site has only two. As time goes by, you may think to develop and have more levels as your website grows. Don`t tell me that you will buy another membership plugin. Always think of the long-term potential of your site.

2. Restrict Downloadable Content

We are very clever. If your site does not restrict downloadable content, then you are a loser. People will pay you, join your program, download all the content and leave you. Some may even ask for a refund if you have one. What a mess!

3. Content Protection

Do not confuse this with restricting downloadable content. For example, if you have 2 memberships, one may be free while the other may be paid. You need to distinguish these two groups; they should get different content. Impho and wealthy affiliate does that. You have content for all members and content for premium members.(paying)

4. Affiliate Program Support

Although there are third-party plugins that may do this for you, why not find an all-inclusive for your membership site. If you do not have an affiliate program then you are leaving a lot of money on the table. The affiliate program will be a way to get new customers to your site.

5. Premium Support

How do you feel when you try to fix something for the day with no discovery? It is both tiresome and annoying. It is always not easy to set something that you are unfamiliar with. A community of experts may be needed beside you. That is where support comes in. If you have support may be through forums, email or support ticket, life will be easy.

6. Content Drip

Aren`t you tired of talking about content Tony? You may ask.
Content is always the king of a successful website. No matter how beautiful your site is, people need information, not your beauty. I found a site called Impho. That site does not give all the content during the first month. That is a brilliant idea. Do not give everything during the first day.

7. E-Commerce Features

Apart from selling membership, you may also sell digital products like e-books, courses or even physical products. Most plugins only allow digital products.

The Best WordPress Membership Plugins


We have now covered the most important features that you will need to consider for your site. I will also give you a breakdown of which options are available for which plugin. Your main goal is to get the best out of your membership site.

#1. MemberPress

MemberPress WordPress membership pluginMemberPress is easy to use membership plugin. You have the ability to sell memberships as well as digital products. One can also protect content and manage membership levels with this plugin.

What I like most is the ability of a customer to do what they like with their membership. A customer can edit, update or even cancel their membership with only one click.

There is also a new feature that sends automatic reminders to customers. For example, when a credit card is about to expire, the customer will be notified.

MemberPress Summary.
Price: $99/$199/Year/developer
Unlimited Membership Levels: YES
Restrict Downloads: YES
Content Protection: YES

Content Drip: YES
Affiliate Program: YES
Premium Support: 12 Months
eCommerce Features: NO

#2. Members Wing-x

MemberWing-X WordPress membership pluginWhat I like most about this plugin is the speed it takes to run a membership site. They have a program called “3 minutes to fast-start membership site” that makes the process really quick.

There is also an awesome feature with member wing-x. You can set specific content for certain membership levels. What is even more interesting, the content can be seen in excerpts with other members and search engines.(Teases others about the paid membership that they saw)

Member Wing X Summary.
Price: $89 / $129 / $199
Unlimited Membership Levels: YES
Content Protection: YES
Restrict Downloads: YES
Content Drip: YES
Affiliate Program: YES
Premium Support: 12 months
eCommerce Features: YES

#3. MemberMouse

MembersMouse WordPress membership pluginMembermouse may be different from most. It does not only have more advanced features but also has a recurring monthly payment. The price is also affordable to starters.

The training and support are also plentiful as there are 100`s of articles and 20+ videos. One has also the ability to sell trial memberships and accept international currencies.

Membermouse Summary
Price: $89 / $129 / $199
Unlimited Membership Levels: YES
Content Protection: YES
Restrict Downloads: YES
Content Drip: YES
Affiliate Program: YES
Premium Support: 12 months
eCommerce Features: YES

#4. Magic Members

With magic members, there is pay per post/ view. You can easily limit the # of times someone can view your post or page. You can sell reports which may force people to become members and eventually customers.
Magic Members membership pluginJust like many other plugins, you do not need to worry about people downloading your content at once.

Beyond the mentioned feature here are other unique features:

  • Support for Coupons.
  • Support for RSS Feed protection.
  • Support for custom fields during registration.
  • Support for reminder emails before expiration.
  • Auto-responder integration.

Magic Members Summary
Price: $97, $197, $207
Unlimited Membership Levels: YES
Content Protection: YES
Restrict Downloads: YES
Content Drip: YES
Affiliate Program: YES
Premium Support: 12 months
eCommerce Features: YES

#5. Restrict Content Pro

Restrict content Pro WordPress Membership pluginRestrict content Pro was released back in 2013 by Pippins Plugins to make things simpler.

Additional features are discounts, promotional codes, member management and full reporting on the happenings of your membership site. It has also the ability to show content in the excerpt. This makes part of the content visible(including search engines) which is a teaser to attract more paying members.
Restrict Content Pro Summary
Price: $42
Unlimited Membership Levels: YES
Content Protection: YES
Restrict Downloads: NO
Content Drip: NO
Affiliate Program: NO
# of Payment Gateways: 3
Premium Support: YES
eCommerce Features: NO

#6. Paid Memberships Pro

There is a Free version of this plugin but if it does not meet your needs, you may consider the pro version at a later time.Paid memberships pro membership plugin

Paid memberships pro has almost everything that a membership site needs.

Let`s have a look at other feature that you will find with this plugin.

  • Auto-responder integration. Eg MailChimp,infusionsoft and the likes.
  • Custom content for each membership level.
  • Easy to use.
  • Custom menus per membership.

A lot of care was taken developing this plugin. Jason(the creator) really knew the needs of developers.
Paid Memberships Pro Summary
Price: $42
Membership Levels: 4
Content Protection: Yes
Restrict Downloads: NO
Content Drip: Yes
Affiliate Program: Yes
# of Payment Gateways: 4
Premium Support: YES
eCommerce Features: Yes

#7. iThemes Exchange

iThemes Exchange WordPress membership pluginiThemes exchange was mainly meant for an eCommerce site. The basic plugin is also FREE just like paid memberships Pro while the paid plugin is $97.

There is one thing that I like about this plug-in…

It is light meaning that will not affect the speed of your website. Website speed determines the ranking of your site which directly affects the number of sales that you will make.

iThemes Exchange has also many payment gate-aways like PayPal, stripe, cyber source, and authorize.net. it has also MailChimp add-on and Membership add-on.

Price: $97
Unlimited Membership Levels: YES
Content Protection: YES
Restrict Downloads: YES
Content Drip: YES
Affiliate Program: NO
Premium Support: 1 Month
eCommerce Features: YES

#8. Cart66

Cart66 has all WooCommerce features. Cart66 has a trial offer for 14 days then $95/year afterward.

Cart66 other amazing features…cart66 WordPress membership plugin

Shipping support. If you are thinking about having a website where there will be shipping of physical products, Cart66 will work for you. The charge is based on the weight of your goods.(Doing it yourself can be expensive)

Buying of links. Do not try to over think how this works. You only send emails to your potential and current customers when they buy through your link.

Price: Free, $95
Unlimited Membership Levels: YES
Content Protection: YES
Restrict Downloads: YES
Content Drip: YES
Affiliate Program: NO
Premium Support: Yes
eCommerce Features: YES

One has also the ability to create coupon codes. This is a way to attract customers as well as retaining them.(You can make the trial Free or cheaper than the real price) For example, The Price of Wealthy affiliate premium is $47 while the first month is Only 19. 

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My Closing Comments


WordPress is still growing. As it grows, the number of developers also grows. This makes competition high. The number of membership plugins increases after every sunset.

Is competition good or bad?

MemberMouse, member wing-X, MembersPress and Magic Members are receiving high rating amongst users despite the competition.

To me,  competition is a good thing as it ensures ONLY the best products are the marketer. The best thing about competition is that every plugin is different from the other and adding new features as the market demands.

But the big question still remains…

Which is the best Membership plugin for my membership site? Let me be totally sincere with you. There is no best plug-in. It is like asking me,Which is the best car for me?“. To cut the story short, It depends on the features, complexity and the needs of your membership site.

Do you have a membership site or want to start one. Which features are more important to you? You can also share with us the plugin that you use.

I believe you found this article on the Best WordPress Membership Plugins helpful. If you have also any questions about membership plugins that we discussed, feel free to drop them in the comment thread.

The Sky is the Limit,
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  • Cheek Legend says:

    The long time goal for my website kampusville dot com is making it a place where students will interact with each other together with their professors so i have been thinking of which is the best membership plugin out there. i think this article has made my job much easier by giving me a review of some of the best membership plugins out there besides buddy press. thanks

    • Tony Omary says:

      Hey,

      Glad that my article helped. That is the main reason that this site was started. You can choose from the list depending on the need of your website.

      I wish you all the best with you CampusVille website where student will be interacting with lecturers.

      Cheers
      -Tony

  • Steve says:

    Great article. Someday I would like to do a membership site but I had not even thought about how one would be set up. Before reading your article, I didn’t even realize it could be done with a WordPress plugin. That is awesome, a plugin makes it easy.

    I also agree that something free is not always the best way to go for starting a business. But the most expensive is not always the highest quality. You need to research which is best for your business.

    • Tony Omary says:

      Hey Steve,

      Membership sites are one the most profitable ways to make money online. In fact, this is the primary source that product creators make money.

      It is easy to create a membership site.

      I also agree, expensive is not always the highest quality.

  • Roy says:

    Tony, this is a tremendous amount of detail and valuable information to help one make a decision about which membership plugin to purchase. The importance of making sure that you have a clear picture of what you need for your site cannot be over emphasized. I agree that it is a must if you want to ensure that you are purchasing the plugin with the best features to meet your needs. Thank you for providing these guidelines and presenting a great set of plugin options.

    • Tony Omary says:

      Most people start their membership sites without knowing what they’ll be providing. With this list and features, it will be easy for people to decide the type of membership plugin that will suit their needs.

  • Philip says:

    This is very interesting. i found some plug-ins here which could be very useful for my blog.

    What is your experience regarding out of date plug ins? I have had several occasion where a plug in used or paid for seized to be updated by the author and then stopped working with my wordpress.

    Is this a common occurrence?

    • Tony Omary says:

      Most paid plugins are updated often. If for any reason, it is not updated, you can take the competition. But some plugins still works fine even if they are not updated often.

      Only stay away if the plugin author does not offer support.

  • Nop says:

    Hi, what about insta-member and instabuilder ?

    • Tony Omary says:

      Instamember is not common among users, honestly, I cannot make any comments right now. Instabuilder on the other side is a landing page creator just like OptimizePress and Leadpages

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