Creating a membership site is probably the BEST way to guarantee recurring revenue for your online business. Membership plugins for WordPress have been around for quite some time and they provide an incredibly robust membership site for a very affordable price.
Membership plugins allow users to gain access to restricted content by allowing them to register for your WordPress site. Members are typically charged a monthly fee with integrations with popular payment gateways such as Paypal or Stripe. These payment gateways charge a small percentage of each transaction and deposit money into your bank account every month!
The idea of memberships websites as a model to monetize online has been around for a VERY long time and still proves to be popular and lucrative for online entrepreneurs. Of course, there have been a lot of updates to the types of content they can provide. Behind the gates, you can provide your students with videos, downloadable content, exclusive live events, a membership forum, etc. I’ve noticed a lot of successful membership sites over fresh content every month.
These days, I see coaches and service providers using membership sites to scale their business by offering group programs. It’s a great way to deliver content over time to a select group of people. All of the membership plugins for WordPress that I review in this post allow you to release content over time (dripped content) which is actually perfect when you want to take people through a series of complex tasks all at the same time.
Now, there are A LOT of membership plugins for WordPress so I wanted to narrow down some options for you and compare the top 4.
To find my top 4, I went simply by popularity. The top Membership Plugins for WordPress came in as:
5 Year Trend
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1 Year Trend
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As you can see, the competition between membership plugins for WordPress is pretty neck and neck.
Really, all of these plugins offer much of the same core features (user management, payment processing, membership levels, drip content and reporting) so, most likely, your choice for membership plugin will come down to integrations, price or user experience.
So let’s learn more about these top 4 Membership Plugins for WordPress and see which one would suit you best!
MemberMouse WordPress Plugin
The MemberMouse membership plugin for WordPress allows you to sell products, subscriptions and memberships. Powerful features include 1-click upsells and advanced metrics to help with retention.
s2Member WordPress Plugin
You can easily take the s2Member membership plugin for a spin with their free download. Most of the functionality is controlled through page shortcodes. s2Member allows you to sell membership access for recurring revenue or get “Buy Now” access to specific posts/pages or digital downloads.
WishList member is an incredibly powerful membership plugin with TUNS of integrations for payment processors and email.
MemberPress WordPress membership plugin gives you the ability to sell memberships or access to digital products such as software and e-books.
Also included are custom are custom built forums and communities.
4 Membership Plugins for WordPress Comparison
|Payment Integration||PayPal, Authorize.net, Stripe and more||Paypal, Stripe, Authorize.net & Clickbank||PayPal, Stripe, Infusionsoft, ClickBank, Authorize.net, and more…||Paypal, Authorize.net, Stripe|
|Email Integration||MailChimp, aWeber, GetResponse,|
|MailChimp, aWeber & GetResponse|| |
aWeber, MailChimp, Constant Contact, GetResponse, Infusionsoft, ActiveCampaign,
|AWeber, MailChimp, MadMini, GetResponse|
|Affiliate Tracking||Yes + Integrates with iDev Affiliate, Affiliate WP||iDevAffiliate + ShareASale Integrations||Integrates with iDevAffiliate + Affiliate WP||Integrates with Affiliate Royale Plugin (their own plugin)|
|Membership Levels||Unlimited||4 (free version) or Unlimited (paid version)||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Forums||bbPress Integration||bbPress Integration||No Specific Integrations||bbPress + Others|
|Price||$19.95/month – $299/month||Free, $89/site or $189/multi-site||$197 / site||$99/year or $199/year|
In addition to the list of featured above, all of these membership site plugins provide core functionality such as: member management, reporting, and content restrictions.
What’s more, these membership plugins for WordPress are meant to work with any theme so your membership site can have the look and feel you desire!
Hopefully this will give you a good overview of what’s available to you!