5 Best WordPress Membership Plugins Compared (2018)

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Are you looking for a plugin to build a “membership” website with WordPress? In this article, we list the most popular and best membership plugins.

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A “membership website” is a website where visitors can only see certain content if they are members. Often, you have to pay for a membership. It is therefore important that you not only have a protected environment for members but that your website can also accept payments. There are many different membership plugins for WordPress. In this article, we will discuss five and we will list the advantages and disadvantages of each plugin.

1: MemberPress

The MemberPress plugin is one of the best and most popular plugins for building a Membership website. Moreover, this is one of the easiest plugins to use. You do not need much technical knowledge to work with MemberPress.

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The big advantage of MemberPress is, therefore, how easy it is to set up the plugin. In addition, MemberPress offers the possibility for “content dripping”. This means that your members only get to see certain content after a certain time. This way you can motivate them to stay longer, because not all content is available at once. Another advantage is that the price of MemberPress is reasonable: from $ 99 per year.

A disadvantage of MemberPress is that only three payment gateways are supported. PayPal and Stripe are standard in the package, you get Authorize.net from the Developer package ($ 199 per year). Unfortunately, providers such as Mollie are not supported. Fortunately, with Stripe, you can in principle offer iDeal payments.

2: Restrict Content Pro

Also, Restrict Content Pro is a very popular plugin for selling memberships. Like MemberPress, Restrict Content Pro is fairly easy to use. It is not very difficult to use this plugin to build a website on which you can sell memberships.

A big advantage is that  Restrict Content Pro has built in many integrations as standard, such as Stripe, PayPal and MailChimp. The payment providers that are supported by default are PayPal, Stripe and Braintree. You can add other gateways by purchasing an extension. Restrict Content Pro also works well with Easy Digital Downloads .

In terms of prices, Restrict Content Pro also looks like MemberPress. From $ 99 per year, you can already use the plugin. The more extensive “subscriptions” are immediately more expensive.

3: Paid Memberships Pro

Paid Memberships Pro should not be missing our list. The nice thing about this plugin is that a free version is available. Of course, this free version is quite limited, but it’s nice to try out the (free) plugin before you pay for the Pro version.

Many payment providers are supported, such as PayPal, Stripe, 2Checkout and more. There are also many different extensions available, both free and paid.

A disadvantage of Paid Memberships Pro is that it can sometimes be quite complicated to work with. In addition, the paid packages are quite expensive: it starts only from $ 297 per year. This is a lot more expensive than the other membership plugins.

4: LearnDash

Also, Learn Dash is a popular option for building a membership site. Just like MemberPress and Restrict Content Pro it is easy to use. You can easily hide or restrict certain content on your website to (paying) members. You can also sell online courses with LearnDash . Just like MemberPress, you can use content dripping : making certain content visible only when someone is a long enough member. You can also link LearnDash to WooCommerce , bbPress and Slack.

LearnDash costs $ 159 per year for one website. LearnDash mainly focuses on selling courses, and is therefore less suitable for other types of Membership sites.

5: S2Member

S2Member  is a free membership plugin. There is also a Pro version available for $ 89 (one website) or $ 189 (unlimited). The free version is quite limited, but it is (just like with Paid Memberships Pro) a handy way to discover if you like the plugin.

The free version only supports PayPal for payments. The Pro version also supports Stripe and Authorize.net. The Pro version of S2Member also includes a “content dripping” option.

Unfortunately, S2Member is a lot less friendly to use than the aforementioned plugins. That is also a bit to the slightly outdated website of the plugin.

Conclusion

We see MemberPress and Restrict Content Pro as the best options for a Membership website. LearnDash is also a very good plugin, but especially if you want to sell online courses with WordPress.

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