10 Membership WordPress Plugins

April 13, 2021

By Taryn Hefner

Taryn runs Marketing at Join It and is a lover of all things data! You can frequently find her experimenting in the kitchen, absorbed in a book, or brushing up on her Python coding skills.

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If you already have a website built on WordPress and you want to start accepting memberships, gating some content, and taking payments, you don’t have to pay for a full software suite! Many different membership plugins are available for WordPress sites that work with different themes, content, and membership styles. 

Feeling overwhelmed by all the options available? Here are ten of our favorites to consider.  

aMember pro: Accept payments, manage profiles, send out newsletters, and more with aMember Professional. This paid tool is a PHP script users can install to individual websites, which means users have a ton of freedom to customize the tool.

Learndash: Technically, LearnDash is a learning platform, but can also be used for membership management! LearnDash offers discussion forums, content delivery, subscriptions, and group access. 

Memberpress: This WordPress plugin says it has a “ridiculously easy setup” while still allowing users to restrict access to pages, posts, whole categories, and other file types on your website. Memberpress also offers community forums, coupon codes, affiliate programs, and works with any existing WordPress theme. 

MemberMouse: As an enterprise-level membership solution for WordPress users, this service promises responsive customer support, integrates with services like Stripe and MailChimp, and offers a 14-day free trial to new customers. 

Optin Monster: This lead generation software offers features like floating bars, scroll boxes, geolocation targeting, gamified wheels, and lightbox popups so users can customize the conversion optimization to specific websites. For membership websites that have a robust CRO plan, this could be a great addition to the toolkit. 

Paid Memberships Pro: Restrict content, offer each member a unique page for more personalized communication, create directories and profiles, and even sync membership levels with WordPress Roles for administrators with this freemium tool. 

Restrict Content Pro: This one is a paid tool with four tiers of service, each that increases in price after the first year (aside from their Ultimate plan, which is a one-time payment). Restrict Content Pro works on both WordPress.com and WordPress.org accounts, offers customer dashboards, multiple membership levels, and prorated upgrades and downgrades. 

S2member: This free plugin allows users to restrict access to full pages or even portions of content within pages, themes, or posts. It also allows users to protect downloadable assets by downloading locally or saving through AWS. 

Teachable: Teachable is actually a learning management system like LearnDash. It allows users to link existing websites to Teachable, integrates with Calendly, and allows users to offer coupons and advanced pricing options. Though it’s not a traditional membership management service, it does offer a pro editor to incorporate more multimedia into your members-only content. 

WooCommerce Memberships: If you’re already using WooCommerce to sell physical or digital items, this could be a great option to manage your memberships. Plan out your content restriction, include free trials, import or export a member list, and manage your member communications all within the tool. 

Still looking for something more robust? Try Join It free for 14 days and get an easy-to-use system that’s packed with features for an affordable price.