5 Best WordPress Membership Plugins for 2021


5 Best WordPress Membership Plugins for 2021
5 Best WordPress Membership Plugins for 2021

Choosing the right membership plugin is critical to your online business, because a better platform means more opportunities for growth.

A large number of WordPress membership plugins exist on the market, but not all options have the specific features needed to create a membership site. Some plugins are suitable for selling subscriptions on an individual level, while others offer diverse membership and subscription management features.

You also have to figure out which payment gateways will be used, accepting only credit cards, or using PayPal, or supporting both? Your membership plugin should have the preferred payment gateway built in (or supported through the plugin).

Requirements to launch a WordPress membership site

Member sites will take up a lot of server resources and choosing the wrong web host could be detrimental to your overall performance. Therefore, the first thing you need to do is to choose the best WordPress hosting service that you can afford.

If you have a limited budget, then start with SiteGround or BlueHost, their premium plans come with SSL certificates and you need services such as securely collecting money, dedicated IPs, support lines, etc.

If the budget is not an issue and you want the best performance, the fastest speed, we recommend using a dedicated WordPress server such as Kinsta or WP Engine.

In addition, you have to choose basic business plugins such as OptinMonster, which helps you capture leads and grow your email subscription list. Next, let's take a look at some of the best WordPress membership plugins.

MemberPress

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MemberPress is one of the most popular membership plugins, not only great for beginners but also powerful, such as the built-in content reprieve: by providing content regularly and in small amounts to attract loyal readers subscribers for a long time.

Advantages

  1. Easy to set up: automatically set up pricing, login, account and thank you pages for users, and adding membership plans is simple
  2. Content access control: you can restrict access to any content, including articles, pages, categories, tags, files, etc.
  3. Content mitigation: shows restricted content to members after a certain period of time, a useful feature for selling online courses or learning materials
  4. Integrations: Integrates with a number of popular email services including AWeber, MailChimp, GetResponse, MadMimi, and also integrates with Amazon Web Services and BluBrry for podcast hosting
  5. Payment gateways: Support for PayPal and Stripe, with Authorize.Net added to the Developer Program
  6. Disadvantages
  7. Limited payment options: Only the three most popular payment gateways are supported, which is a bit of a challenge for those living in areas not supported by these payment gateways
  8. Limited integration: In order to effectively run a membership site, this plugin provides sufficient support for a variety of popular services, but it still ignores some cold services

LearnDash

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LearnDash is a super flexible and easy to use LMS (Learning Management System) plugin with a premium membership module and lots of integration options, making it a perfect solution if you want to sell online courses on a paid membership site.

Advantages

  1. Easy to install: setting options and adding content is simple, and advanced tools make it easy to organize member content into levels and groups
  2. Content access control: easily hide any content and restrict it to different member groups
  3. Sell Courses: Allows you to create and sell online courses, plus has an advanced module to manage learning materials better than other membership plugins
  4. Content slowdown: powerful content slowdown feature that allows you to roll out new content to users periodically or upon completion of specific phases
  5. Built-in community features: comes with some useful tools for creating attractive member sites, including online quizzes, user badges, course forums, level certificates, user profiles, and more
  6. Integrations and payments: offering a wealth of integration options and payment gateways, you can even connect it to MemberPress, WooCommerce, bbPress, Slack and more
  7. Disadvantages
  8. Lack of some membership features: If you are trying to build a membership site that does not sell courses, some features of LearnDash may not be useful to you

Teachable

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Teachable is an all-inclusive online course editor that packages a membership site, LMS (Learning Management System), discussion forums, email marketing, data analysis and more in one package.

Advantages

  1. Easy to use: Very easy to set up and no technical experience is required. Creating member content is also easy and includes some useful tools to quickly create and upload videos, text, PDFs and more
  2. Content slowdown: Flexible content slowdown feature that allows you to roll out content based on a user's learning progress or subscription level
  3. Built-in engagement features: provide forums, quizzes, certificates, contact forms and more to increase user engagement and build a strong online community
  4. Disadvantages
  5. Not a WordPress plugin: Teachable does not work as a WP plugin, instead, you can integrate it into your WP site by adding a link or subdomain
  6. Expensive: feature-rich, but more expensive than other membership plugins

Restrict Content Pro

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Restrict Content Pro is one of the easiest to use and most powerful membership plugins, and the development team behind it has created some other popular plugins such as Easy Digital Downloads and AffiliateWP.

Advantages

  1. Easy to use: Perfectly integrated with the WordPress user interface, so you can easily figure out how to use it
  2. Built-in integration: Unlike other plugins, Restrict Content Pro comes with a built-in free integration option that works with Stripe, PayPal, MailChimp, MailPoet, and many other services
  3. Payment gateways: Free components include Stripe, PayPal and Braintree, other supported gateways include 2Checkout, PayPal Website Payments Pro, PayPal Express, Stripe Checkout
  4. Works with Easy Digital Downloads: If you are running Easy Digital Downloads to sell digital products, then this plugin will be the perfect match!
  5. Excellent customer support: extensive free documentation is available and you can get professional technical support quickly via email
  6. Disadvantages
  7. Fewer integration options: Fewer integrations with third-party services (e.g., email service providers) than some other membership plugins

S2Member

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S2Member is a popular WordPress membership plugin that has been around for a long time and has a dedicated user base.

Advantages

  1. Free to use: The free version offers some basic features that anyone can download and try out, although it is limited in terms of functionality and support, but it gives you a good starting point
  2. Content mitigation: Pro version with content mitigation
  3. Payment gateway: The free version only supports PayPal, the professional version also supports Stripe and Authorize.
  4. Integration options: can be used with MailChimp, bbPress, BuddyPress
  5. Documentation and Support: With an extensive knowledge base, Pro users also get email-based support
  6. Disadvantages
  7. Not so easy to use: S2Member is more difficult to use than other membership plugins
  8. Free version limitations: The free version only supports PayPal payments, has only 4 membership levels, and no content mitigation

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Conclusion

The only question is, which side are you going to pick?

Let me know in the comments.

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