9 Best WordPress Membership Plugins (Free & Paid)

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How many online memberships and subscriptions – paid and unpaid – do you think you might have? A dozen? Thirty? More than 100?

Members-only areas are becoming increasingly popular on the web, and can prove invaluable for businesses and bloggers looking to generate more income online, gather more information about their readers, or provide a more valuable experience for their existing customers.

NB: Want to create a client area rather than members area? Check out our post, Client Area Plugins for Your WordPress Website.

Why Create a Members-Only Area?

There are a number of reasons for wanting to create a members-only area on your website or blog. If you’re creating a business website, you might want to offer a value-add to your existing customers and clients by keeping premium content on your website – such as video tutorials – for their eyes only in an extranet which only they can access.

If your website caters to members of a club, sporting group, alumni class or similar organisation, keeping content restricted to members maintains exclusivity. Incidentally Themerex has a great selection of extranet (and intranet) themes to choose from.

On the other hand, if you have an existing website or blog you’re looking to monetise, creating a paid membership option and offering premium content and private member forums to paying subscribers is a popular means of making some serious cash from your online project.

The premium content you offer may be in the form of videos, downloads, presentations, podcasts, documents or eBooks – which you may release teaser content and snippets of as a means of encouraging unpaid members to sign up.

Of course, encouraging your readers to become members might have nothing to do with money at all. If you want to boost your subscriber list and gather more information about your users for product research or development, or for future sales leads, offering free membership is also an excellent option.

Following are the best premium and free WordPress membership plugins to add a membership component to your WordPress website…

Premium Membership Plugins

WishList Member

WishList Member

WishList Member is used by more than 50,000 online communities and membership sites around the world, and has the power to transform any existing WordPress website or blog into a powerful membership site.

Key features include:

  • Simple installation and member management
  • Unlimited membership levels and flexible membership options
  • Sequential content delivery, enabling you to automatically upgrade members from a free trial to the next membership option
  • Content control, including the ability to create modular memberships and give content access to segmented membership levels
  • Shopping cart integration with ecommerce systems including ClickBank, PayPal, InfusionSoft and more.

Addition features include subscription length control, partial and sneak peek content display and teasers, custom error messages, secure RSS feeds, login redirection and more.

The WishList Member WordPress membership plugin is available for a one-off payment, at a cost of $97 for a single site license, or $297 for a multi-site license.

MemberMouse

MemberMouse

Member Mouse WordPress membership plugin enables you to sell products, subscriptions and memberships, set up password protected members areas, manage customers and track metrics, automate customer service, and more.

Key features include:

  • Payment integration with powerful ecommerce platforms including Stripe, Braintree, PayPal, Authorize.net and more
  • International currency integration and overdue payment handling
  • Email integration with MailChimp, AWeber, iContact and GetResponse
  • Group functionality, allowing one member to pay and secure a certain number of spots, such as for consultants and agencies
  • Customer account self-service, so members can update their information

Additional features include 1-click upsells to maximise revenue, trial offers and coupons, gifting functionality, time release and drip-feed content management, extensive shortcode library for dynamic site functionality without complex coding.

MemberMouse is available monthly subscription cost basis, starting from $19.95 per month for their Starter package (for up to 1000 members). There are a number of subscription plans available, right through to their Professional package for unlimited members at a cost of $599 per month.

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Magic Members

Magic Members

With a focus on simplicity and intuitiveness, Magic Members WordPress membership plugin enables you to use your existing content to build a membership site.

Key features include:

  • Payment gateway integrations with PayPal, eWay, Stripe, and more
  • Pay per post access, which offers the flexibility to allow free subscriptions to purchase content on a per-post basis
  • AutoResponder integration with MailChimp, iContact, AWeber and more
  • Download manager, which protects downloads from being accessed by unauthorized users, and provides the ability to assign different permission levels to different subscribers
  • Sequential course delivery system, which is particularly useful if your members are being served course content on a drip-feed basis (weekly or monthly).
  • Category protection, allowing you to assign membership access to particular categories

Additional features include easy set up and installation, simple member management, custom post type support, coupon creation and management, subscription length control, forum integrations, custom widgets, flexible membership options, partial content display for teasers, and S3 Amazon support.

Magic Members plugin is available for a one-off payment, starting from $97 for a single user. Other options include a 3-user plan for $197, and unlimited users for $207.

Restrict Content Pro

Restrict Content Pro

Restrict Content Pro is a complete membership and premium content manager plugin for WordPress, allowing you to create an unlimited number of memberships levels, including free, trial and premium.

Key features include:

  • Member and subscription management
  • Payment tracking
  • The ability to offer discounts with a complete discount code system
  • Members-only content options
  • Unlimited subscription packages

Restrict Content Pro includes support for Stripe, PayPal, and Braintree, for simple integrated payment options, as well as earnings and sign up analytics.

Restrict Content Pro is available with single-site, multi-site and unlimited site access, starting from $42. Specific Restrict Content Plugins are subject to a yearly license for support and updates.

Free WordPress Membership Plugins

There are many tools available via the WordPress plugin directory to help you create restricted member access, and registration and login pages. These are five of the top free member-access / WordPress membership plugins currently available.

s2Member

s2Member

s2Member is a WordPress membership plugin integrating with PayPal, to offer access to designated member-only content, posts and pages to paid members.

s2Member supports up to four primary membership levels, as well as custom capabilities to create membership packages. This plugin has an average user rating of 4.4/5 stars and has been downloaded more than 469,000 times.

Maven Member

Maven Member

Maven Member allows you to protect and restrict access to pages, posts and categories on your WordPress website, as well as create your own custom registration form, and customise templates for login and registration.

This plugin has an average user rating of 4/5 stars and has been downloaded more than 12,000 times.

WP-Members

WP-Members

WP-Members is a powerful membership management plugin, working to restrict content access to registered users. You can also create some special pages with simple shortcodes, including a user profile page, registration page, and login page.

This plugin has an average user rating of 4.2/5 stars, and has been downloaded more than 322,000 times.

WordPress Access Control

WordPress Access Control

WordPress Access Control allows you to restrict pages, posts, custom post types and more to members, as well as customise search pages to hide restricted posts or pages from search results to non-logged in members.

This plugin has an average user rating of 4.5/5 stars and has been downloaded more than 49,000 times.

Member Access

Member Access

Member Access allows you to make individual posts and pages on your WordPress website accessible only to logged-in members. This WP members-only plugin has an average user rating of 4.3/5 stars, and has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.

Final Thoughts

Do you currently offer members-only pages and content on your WordPress website or blog? What WordPress membership plugin or tool do you use?

Nikki is a professional freelance writer and story teller with a passion for the web and technology. She writes for WP Dev Shed and amongst a roster of other clients.

234 thoughts on “9 Best WordPress Membership Plugins (Free & Paid)

  1. Darrell says:

    Great set of posts and comments here thank you. I am also running a not for profit community site with about 50 members. I want them to be able to log in and access some members-only material as well as create / change their own member profile pages (which they can make public if they wish). Any ideas which plugin would be the best.

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Darrell, I think any of the plugins covered above would cover the basic requirements of membership management and access to members only content. You could then try something like the Profile CCT plugin to let users manage their profile information.

  2. CSinclaire says:

    Hello, Charles. I just stumbled across your page re “members only” sections in WordPress and appreciate all the info. But hope you don’t mind my asking directly, as there are so many posts here to wade through. I am looking for a plug-in for a “members-only” option for our site. We are about to switch templates, may start using a framework (e.g., Genesis or Headway), or possibly a visual editor (e.g., Divi Builder). I don’t know yet how these plug-ins will integrate, but assuming they would, what I hope to accomplish is to create a members-only area where members can download a PDF of our paid-members-only magazine and also access to a small storefront of branded items. Again, not sure if the storefront will integrate; still working on that. But I’m wondering if any of these members-only plugins can also facilitate managing a membership database. I would assume they’d have to be able to do SOMETHING along these lines, to store names/passwords, etc. Are there any further features involved that would also be of assistance to our membership chairman? I am open to looking at free or paid plugins, but we are a nonprofit, so free or cheap is best, LOL! Any help is appreciated!

    1. Charles says:

      Hi @CSinclaire, I think any of the plugins above will achieve what you need and should work with a shopping cart, though you’d be best checking this with the developers to be 100% sure (i’ve not actually tried it myself). Even the premium plugins are not very expensive so I’ve be inclined to go with one of those. The plugins handle membership subscriptions and page access levels for members only content so they should work just fine with pretty much any theme and/or a page builder which will handle the content.

  3. lance1572 says:

    I was wondering if any of these plugins allow for catered content per member? Say for instance, I signup and maybe choose a few options for particular content I would like to see. When I log in I see the content that pertains to the options I chose. Also, do any of the plugins allow for customization of the users see when they login. They won’t see the actual WordPress backend correct?

    Thanks for the great post!!

    Lance

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Lance, these plugins control what content the user has access too on the site, so members don’t get to see your backend. The way these plugins work is to create membership levels or types, which then govern what content the member sees, but these are not unique to each user, they are only unique to the user type or level. To deliver truly unique content for each member based on options they choose might require some custom coding.

  4. Lisa says:

    Hi Charles

    I am setting up a site for scholarship Alumni and I want to have a protected page with all of the Alumna’s contact details on it. But I also want the Alumni to be able to update their contact details themselves. Any ideas?

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Lisa, that’s a tough one. You might be able to use WP Contacts to manage Alumni details, along with any of the membership plugins to handle access. But I suspect that you will need some custom coding to enable front end management of contact details by the members/alumni themselves…and controlling who can edit what might be tricky.

  5. imelda lee says:

    hi charles,

    i already use wp-members on my sites and it work greats.. but now i got some post that really hidden from guest and also search engine .. In category page, home page etc the post should not be available even the post title should be hidden .. i can’t achieve this with wp-members because wp-members only protect the content but guest still can read the post title ( in homepage for example ) .. do you have any idea which plugins will work for me ?

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Imelda, I would try any of the premium membership plugins listed above. They will definitely enable you to do this.

  6. denis says:

    Charles
    I’m building a website for authorized client employee access to be used for activity logging. The trick is access is restricted to pre-authorization with unique passwords – no self registration. Upon first access, forced pswd change. New entrants added via csv upload – incremental.
    Other capabilites, like client access and edit for employee support would be helpful, but the core needs are the thing.

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Denis, I think you could achieve your core requirements using one of the membership plugins mentioned above combined with the Force Password Change plugin. You don’t have to have a registration form, instead creating all user accounts via the admin and providing details to new employees. The Force Password Change plugin will handle that aspect. I know Magic Members offers a CSV import feature for new accounts so that might be a good one to look at. Hope that helps.

      1. denis says:

        Charles, thank you

        1. Charles says:

          You’re welcome. I’d be very interested to hear how you get on with this.

  7. Susan says:

    Thank you so much. I am new at this and had no idea. I will check it out. You have great info!

  8. Susan says:

    Hi Charles,
    Have read through some but not all of the comments and questions. This one may be there and I didn’t see it so I apologize in advance if it is. I have a WP website for a non profit. We would like to have one page that trainers (we work with horses) can log into for training info etc. What would be the best plugin for that? I am new to the website stuff so am just learning as well. Thank you so much.

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Susan, you can actually password protect individual pages using built in WordPress password feature. Here’s a how-to: http://webtrainingwheels.com/creating-password-protected-pages-areas-wordpress/ – the only reason you might use one of these plugins is if you need more advanced member-level access controls. If you just want a simple password that all trainers can use to access common content then the built in feature should suffice.

  9. Grace says:

    Hi Charles, just discovered your website and already addicted. I’m more than impressed by your level of knowledge AND generosity, answering everyone’s question.

    I feel sorry to add one more…. But here it is : I’m building a new website (on a budget) for a friend/client. Being a former athlete, he sells Sport Camps & after school physical education for kids (+ clothes). I’ve added Woocommerce to his WP website so there is already a “My Account” area (for the payer/parents).

    But he also wants the kids to be able to log in within the website (or a subdomain) to access their own special content : their statistics, results, photos, but also “good points” for things like attendance, listening, showing team spirit, taking part in a tournament and so on.
    They could then redeem their points within the products and services range of the website, by getting discount on more products/services. (It could simply be : having 100 points give them a coupon code, so not the hardest part)

    I’m just not sure if BuddyPress would allow him to give individual feeback to each kid, or which free plugin within this list or your client area list would do this? And if I do need to set up a subdomain?

    Thanks in advance for your time

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Grace, sorry for the slow response. I’ve been offline for a few days over the Christmas/New Year period…it’s summer holidays down here in NZ.

      Your project sounds like an interesting one. I think you are on the right track with BuddyPress, but based on your description of requirements I think you are going to need some custom development to achieve all those things. Stats for each kid, along with photos, results and earned points need to be stored in a database and while you might find some BuddyPress extensions to do some of these things (or something close) I don’t think you will find anything off-the-shelf which will do it all. Even if you find extensions to cover the main functionality you’ll need to customize templates to bring it all together.

      My recommendation would be to find a local WP developer and together work out exactly what will be required and the best way to achieve this. I’m sorry I can’t help with any specific plugin recommendations, I just can’t think of any that will achieve just what you are looking for.

  10. Drew says:

    First of all, kudos to you Charles! One of the beautiful things about the internet is the sharing of knowledge and you’ve done a fabulous job. And the thread has lasted over a year!

    No questions here…just praise!

    1. Charles says:

      Thanks Drew 🙂

  11. Dawn says:

    I need to set up a member’s site…. multi-faceted. Functionality needed: sign up for member level or just purchase one-off access to pages, drip capable…protected.

    I want a fully-hosted solution (like CustomerHub would be – but without the requirement of Infusionsoft) that is customizable. Any recommendations?

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Dawn, I’m not aware of any fully hosted options. Do you want a fully hosted option because you don’t want to deal with installation and configuration etc? Perhaps you could find a friendly local WordPress developer who was prepared to set up and host your site, and maintain it for a monthly fee.

  12. Jay says:

    Hi,

    Great post, thanks for taking the time to put it together.

    Wonder if you could assist. I’m looking to be able to put a membership plugin to our website but wanted the ability rather than having the members to go to a hidden part of our site, for our consultants to be able to put projects into their account instead. ie: They login to their account and in the messages (labeled projects) we would put new projects for them uniquely with photos, site plans etc..

    Any feedback would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Jay, take a look at our post on client area plugins, I think they might address the use case you describe: https://wpdevshed.com/client-area-plugins-for-your-wordpress-website/ – I’m not sure though what kind of functionality you need to for the upload of project information. You might need to combine one of these plugins with something like Gravity Forms.

  13. Sandy says:

    I am going to develop a new WordPress site for this basic website shown above. I will need a plugin as you described here but I am not sure which plugin you think would work best.

    What is needed is an online newspaper in pdfs available for only paid members to access by purchasing a 6mth or 1 year subscription.

    So the site would need the restricted content and a login area once someone did purchase this.

    To throw a curve in this, the business would also like an area for someone who just wants to purchase a delivered “real” paper to their mailbox by purchasing a 6mth or 1 year delivered plan. I figured this could just be a separate store section on the site where people could buy this.

    I really appreciate your directions/thoughts. Even a suggestion of the simple theme to get would be appreciated.

    Those are the only areas this business wants on the site.

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Sandy, I think any of the premium plugin above would do the trick. You simply want to restrict access to the PDFs to paid subscribers and all these plugins will handle this. That said, based on your requirements, I think Member Mouse might be a good choice. They make it easy to add custom fields to signup so you can capture a delivery address for the physical delivery subscription, as well as some nice features to prevent login sharing and gifting subscriptions.

      Theme wise, the plugins should work with just about any theme so you can just design your own or choose one that suits the aesthetic you’re after.

  14. Dawn says:

    Thanks for the great article, Charles! What a wealth of information you have to share. I am an admitted WordPress novice, and have what I think seems like a steep request from a client. They want to have just one section of their WordPress website be a “Toolbox” section that is for members only. Membership is simply signing up (no donation/payment required).

    Here are some of their requests:
    1) Login with email+password or social credentials (Google, Facebook).
    2) “Toolbox” is a separate section of the site that can only be accessed with login
    3) Fine having a login page but ideally want a pop-up that asks people to sign-up / login
    4) Ability to flag content as “Favorite” and see list of “My Favorite” content
    5) Ability to “Like” content items
    6) Nice to have – Ability to display a content box with headlines/images from private section as a teaser to get people to click and get the “Sign-up to get this”
    7) Members Only section will include content types of text pages and images mostly, and also documents, video and audio.

    They do NOT need discussion boards, comments, or other user generated content submissions.

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Dawn, that is a steep request. I can’t think of any one plugin that will deliver all that.

      If you want the ability to have users reg/login with social accounts then you could look at these plugins. That should be relatively simple.

      There is only one plugin I’m familiar with that enables the favoriting of posts and a way to display a users list of favorites, WP Favorite Posts. I’ve not actually used it myself in a project so you’ll need to have a look and see if it will do what you need.

  15. Rasa says:

    Hi Charles, Thank you for your informative article. I´m looking for a membership login option that allows connection to payments through paypal. Also, I offer different online courses, so I´m looking for an option that allows restricted Access to each member based on the course boughtand not everything that is on the membership site. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Rasa, I think any of the paid options covered above would work. They all have PayPal integration and allow you to set different membership levels which can provide access to different content on your site. In your case this means different courses which can each have their own pages on the site. These plugins broadly work in a similar way, but you should check out the site for each to see the details and make a choice based on the closest fit. The plugin developers will be able to answer any specific questions you have.

  16. Jodie says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for writing this post and continuing to dole out your knowledge + expertise and answer questions. I’m impressed super impressed and grateful!

    So here is my question…

    I’m doing a wordpress site for a client who has developed a train-the-trainer type learning program and she would like to sell a 1 year subscription to access the ecourse/membership area of her site that would access to the program and course materials. The ideal scenario would be that the user would purchase a license key that would grant them access to the ecourse/membership area of the site.

    Do you know if any of the premium options you list provide this? We are trying to avoid users being able to share their login info.

    I’ve looked into using a combination of LicenseEngine and Wishlist Member but am curious if you know of other options where this capability is already baked in?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Jodie, I gather that your client is selling a software application rather than just the course material (hence the need for the license keys). If this is the case then I’d take a look at Easy Digital Downloads which provides the licensing functionality, and also has a content restriction extension so you can create pages with special (course) content that only license key holders can access…so it combines the membership and license key functions in the way I understand you need. Does that help?

      1. Jodie says:

        Yes, that does help, Charles. I hadn’t even considered Easy Digital Downloads for this as I wasn’t aware of the content restriction extension. Looking into it as an option right now. Thanks for your help.

  17. Grant says:

    Hey, I’m looking at making a site with a public front (home/about us/contact) and then 2 levels of private content, based on user1 (customer portal (no need for selling, just need information available to them)) and then user 2 (staff portal per say).
    There would be no sign up needed as memberships would be handed out.
    -Grant

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Grant, you could probably make do with one of the free membership plugins. Worth trying to see if they meet your needs.

  18. JT says:

    Charles,

    I am looking for a theme, plug-in or directory to allow me to do the following: 1) rate a restaurant. 2) rate the individual waiter, 3) Share my favorite with friends, 4) Allow my friend to contact the restaurant 5) Allow the restaurant and waiter to follow up with the new customer.

    Any thoughts?

    Thank You

    1. Charles says:

      Hi JT, so I gather you want to build a site that does this yes? That’s quite a list of requirements, I’m not aware of anything off the shelf that does all that. My initial thought is to look at the various local directory themes which typically allow you to rate and review businesses (restaurants in your case). I’m not sure they also allow you to rate waiters also, but they might be a starting point on which to add functionality.

  19. Emma says:

    Hi Charles, we have just created a sub domian website off of our main website for purely wholesale would any of these plugins work to limit access to only the people i wish to see the prices? ie my stockists. I am trying to streamline the process for both partys.

    My Idea is to have a clickable link from main site to wholesale site but access only for certain members (stockists) hope this makes sense. can you help?

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Emma, yes, any of these plugins should work just fine in this use case. I would probably start with WP Members which is free and see if that does what you need. If you need more features then you can try one of the premium plugins.

  20. Thanks for the great article. I have a question – if you are creating a members only area of your wordpress website, are all your visitors to that restricted content going to need wordpress accounts? Can you create log in credentials with a different database?

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Jennifer, the membership plugins handle all the user management for you and provide registration forms and login pages for members. They do typically build on the core WordPress user management functions, but members don’t get access to the WP Admin of course. Does that answer your question?

  21. Cammy says:

    Hi again Charles, having done a fair bit of research thanks to your blog, I’m thinking wishlist is the best option for me.

    Many thanks for your informative post. It been a huge help.

    Can I ask you another question about wishlist as I cannot find it out anywhere. Will it allow me to set up “products” to sell or will I have to install a plug in similar to WP ecommerce and does it have the capability to allow me to accept credit card payments on my site with the plug in alone, provided my site has an SSL certificate? Or will I also need some other plug in on top also?
    Cheers

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Cammy, Wishlist (and the other membership plugins) effectively allow you to sell access to content on your site. They let you set up different levels of membership so differing levels of access. Wishlist (like the others) does have credit card processing functionality as well for selling paid memberships. So if your product is information based (a video course for example), then it is all you need. If you product is a digital download of some kind then I would probably go with something like Easy Digital Downloads. If you are selling physical products and you want a regular shopping cart experience then you ought to look at WooCommerce.

  22. Mark says:

    Hi Charles,
    I have created a video course for learning business English. I would like to sell access to view it on my website, but to take payment by a low-cost payment method (off the website or on the website but not paypal due to fees).
    Is s2 member the best solution, and does it capture the key customer info? Could I easily have a 3rd party salesperson use the site to complete a sale in an easy way with a plugin such as s2?
    Thanks,
    Mark

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Mark, I think any of the premium plugins above would do the trick. You’ll want to go premium to get the broader range of payment system integrations to avoid PayPal. I don’t see why a 3rd party sales person couldn’t use the plat form to sign people up, and all the premium options let you configure what custom information is required.

  23. Ola says:

    Hi Charles,

    Great job and well done answering all these Qs many months after the post.

    I would like to restrict content of one page on my website to a mature (read married) audience.

    I would also like to redirect people to my mailchimp sign up form via the rejection message.
    Is there anyway I can verify that the people are married upon subscription?

    Also is it possible to generate unique log in details per registered subscriber.

    What do you recommend. Preferably free.

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Ola, I’m not sure how to answer this one. There is no automated way you can verify for sure that a subscriber is married or not. You can only ask and trust that they will give you an honest answer, so I’m not sure it is even worth asking the question because anyone who wants access will just say they are married even if they are not. Or am I missing something?

  24. Tess says:

    Hi Charles,
    Awesome post and kudos for your answers to all questions and comments!

    I have a question:

    I’m creating a membership site that will send out posts to members via RSS (probably) that will cover a particular event. Once the event is over, I’d like that post to be made public (so non members can see previous content).

    Do you know if any of these plugins would work for this?

    Thanks for some awesome posts. I’ve definitely bookmarked. Like the Client Area post too 🙂

    Cheers

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Tess, off the top of my head I know for sure Magic Members provides good RSS access controls but I’m sure the other premium plugins do too. In terms of public access of content after a particular date I think the easiest solution (that all plugins will handle) is to simply change the access level of the content after the event. In other words I don’t think this needs to be a special function as you can easily change the accessibility of any content at any time. Does that make sense?

  25. frankie says:

    Do any of your plugins restrict public access to PDFs that are linked to on members-only pages i.e. if a non-member was to paste the PDF URL into their browser could your plugin re-direct them back to the login page? We have sensitive information within the PDFs so they must not be seen by non-members.

    1. Charles says:

      HI Frankie, just to be clear, these are not our plugins, we’ve just written about some plugins developed by others. I think you’ll find that all the premium plugins do offer this level of content protection as this is a common requirement.

  26. Cammy says:

    Hi, Charles, firstly, many thanks for the post, been a great read.

    What I’m hoping to achieve is to offer products/services for purchase on my friends website and when customers buy said product they will be granted rights to a membership area/page/downloads section. This section will offer video content, podcast downloads etc etc..

    From looking at the Wishlist demo it seems this will enable me to do this but as I’m building this for a friend for almost no cash, my budget is limited.

    Will any of the free plugins offer the same level of options for me to achieve what I’m trying to do?

    Many thanks
    Cammy

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Cammy, some of the free plugins offer the basic features you are looking for, but honestly if you are building something for a commercial enterprise I would advise you go with one of the commercial options. In the big scheme of things they are not expensive and all offer a great deal more functionality and flexibility than any of the free options.

  27. I’ll take a look, thanks Charles. 🙂

  28. Hi Charles

    I’m building a website for a client that wants a members only section behind which only her customers can access photo galleries and downloadable files.

    Each customer needs their own log in to access the section, which would contain a number of pages. I want to avoid them having to log in each time they move to a new members only page, so WordPress’s native option is a no-go.

    There is no requirement for payment options either.

    Which of the above plug-ins would work best for this do you think?

    Many thanks for the post and your anticipated answer!

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Ben, hard to say for sure without knowing more about the use case of course, but my gut feeling is that one of the plugins we covered in our post on client area plugins would be best, perhaps WP Customer Area. It’s free so a good place to start!

  29. Mickey says:

    Hi Charles,

    Im selling a product as a yearly subscription, Can you suggest a plugin wherein, users can log-in and view how many months they still have left on their subscription and maybe add a few interactive contents on that user account page.

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Mickey, I think your best bet is one of the premium plugins above. I’m not sure if that they have this feature out of the box, but it doesn’t sound like it would be that difficult to implement even if it required a little custom development. I recommend you reach out to the developers first and see if their plugin can do this out of the box.

  30. Dan Thomas says:

    Hi Charles, Thank you for so much valuable information. I moderate a website that requires a Member’s Only section to provide information to paid members who are in good standing of the parent organization. All remaining content outside of the MO section on our website is fine for public viewing and interaction. I need to be able to use the pre-existing (individual) member numbers, which have been generated by the parent organization, to provide individual access to paid members. I have a list of those individual member numbers to upload into a repository or (?), so that each member can use their personal member number to access the MO section of our website. This is important because many of our members transfer in or out of our region. Furthermore, using personal member numbers dramatically reduces the chance that a member might share their personal number with anyone else. This serves to keep our MO content out of the public domain. Thanks for your help. Dan

    1. Charles says:

      Hi Dan, I’m not sure that any of the plugins we looked at would support this model with IDs generated by a third party system. I suggest you contact the plugin authors directly to see if they can help, but be aware it might require some custom coding. If you are already resigned to having custom work done then you could try Codeable as a cost effective way to hire a developer for a project like this.

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