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September 2012 Handout: Links to Membership Plugins

Things change rapidly in the WordPress world. The content in this post is more than a year old and may no longer represent best practices.

Membership Plugins

  • S2Member (Free and paid. Very popular. Integrates with bbPress and BuddyPress. Has an API. If you want to build membership sites as part of your business, you should get to know this.)
  • WishList Member (One of the more popular solutions, and fairly intuitive to set up. Has an API. Prospects are likely to ask for it. Anca warns about the quality of its code, however.)
  • Digital Access Pass (Integrates with vBulletin forums, should you be mad enough to use them. Also acts as a shopping cart and autoresponder.)
  • WP eMember
  • Membership (Free and paid versions from WPMU Dev)
  • MemberMouse (Your $97/month includes “strategic support & advice to best utilize the MemberMouse platform to maximize your profits.” Integrates with Lime Light CRM.)
  • WP-Member
  • WP-Members™ (Free. Claims to be the first membership plugin built for WordPress.)
  • MemberWing X (Infinite levels of membership, just in case you need them.)
  • MagicMembers
  • Easy Member Pro
  • aMember Pro (Not a WordPress plugin but a tool that integrates with WordPress. Popular enough that it’s worth getting familiar with if you want to build membership sites for clients.)
  • iMember 360 (Only for use with Infusionsoft CRM. Relies on shortcodes. Doesn’t have an API. Slows down site performance. Costs $370/year.)
  • Paid Memberships Pro
  • Premise (A Copyblogger product, originally developed for creating landing pages, now with membership included. Not completely intuitive to set up. Has vBulletin integration but doesn’t mention bbPress or BuddyPress. Lifetime license for use on unlimited sites.)

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Anca mentioned Participants Database as a tool for managing a large database of “offline” members. Imports from and exports to CSV. Creates a new table in your WP database to store all its field values.

We also discussed the versatility of Gravity Forms. Anca demonstrated the way it uses conditionals to show new form fields based on which items the user has selected above. If you wanted to create an online registration form for your organization, this would be a great tool to use.

September 2012 Slides: Membership Sites on WordPress

Things change rapidly in the WordPress world. The content in this post is more than a year old and may no longer represent best practices.

Check any of the WordPress job boards and you’ll see requests for membership sites–from people who are expecting to pay, since they plan to make money. That must be why there are so many commercial membership plugins for WordPress, though you can do fairly well with the free S2 Member Framework, as long as you and your members are happy using PayPal.

Membership plugins assume that you want to restrict access to your content, and probably charge for that access. If you have a membership-based organization but aren’t providing a special section of the website for members, then you might be able to use a different plugin, or just a PayPal subscription button, or Gravity Forms to handle your membership registration form. Anca Mosoiu talked a bit about the plugin Participants Database for those who want to keep track of their offline members inside WordPress.