Monetizing your site is a goal for many website owners. If you have content and products that an audience will value, selling a premium subscription-based membership for your site is a time-tested solution. Doing this with static HTML or other CMS solutions can be difficult to implement and manage, however with WordPress, it all becomes much easier with the use of plugins. Here are a few options that we believe will work well for you and take the guesswork out of setting up your service.
MemberMouse is a powerful WordPress plugin that offers a huge number of features. A good choice if you sell products, subscriptions, or memberships; it also allows you to offer 1-click upsells and downsells, manage customers, automate customer service, and gives you many tools to help retain customers. MemberMouse also offers outstanding support automation that takes over a lot of the work you might otherwise have to do. Users can update profiles, billing info, email, passwords, etc- giving them true self-service and letting you spend more time on your business.
MemberPress is another great plugin that allows you to create memberships for your WordPress website. What is important to note is the flexibility of MemberPress. It is set up out of the box to accept payments from PayPal, Authorize.Net, and Stripe, some of the biggest names in the game. And it is completely compatible with AWeber, MailChimp, Affiliate Royale, Get Response, Amazon Web Services, Blubrry, Mad Mimi, and Avalara.
WP Membership is purchasable through Codecanyon.net, so that speaks highly to the quality of this plugin. This one is really robust out of the box with a subscription service that allows upgrades/downgrades and ability to cancel as well as accepting PayPal and Strip. It is also set up out of the box for several membership types including, free account, one-time payment, recurring payment, free trial, and paid trial. WP Membership also comes with a ready-made pricing table template to give a profession look for your sales, as well as providing customers with private or public profiles.
Another plugin through Codecanyon.net, Ultimate Membership Pro is a very strong plugin for subscription websites. This one relies heavily on its ability to lock down pages by user role, either on a template basis, or page by page. It also comes with the ability to create custom menus based on membership levels- so no extra plugins needed. This plugin comes ready to integrate with 9 different email marketing platforms. Another great bonus is the inclusion of the premium plugin Visual Composer included for free. As for registration, you can set up unlimited custom fields so that you can truly make this installation your own.
Wishlist Member prides itself on a very easy to use interface that offers a surprisingly robust suite of tools. Wishlist gives a huge amount of control over user management, as well as the ability to create an unlimited array of membership levels, so you aren’t limited by a pre-determined set of user roles. As for integration, Wishlist Member works with pretty much anything you can imagine out of the box including several payment options, email marketing sites, remote meeting solutions and e-commerce.
Magic Members is a pretty large-scale solution that offers big solutions with an easy to use interface. Along with everything you expect to get from a membership plugin, you can expect a lot of support for this one. You will get access to training videos as well as detailed support guides and at least 1 year of free updates. Another great turnkey option with some install selections is the ability to join their affiliate program and receive discounts.
If you are looking for a membership plugin solution that is focused on revenue generation, Paid Memberships Pro certainly fits the bill. This plugin offers a lot of extras at a flexible pricing point that includes free. Membership includes community forums, developer chats and a free Memberlite them that is custom built to take advantage of all of the features of Paid Membership Pro. This includes an impressive 42 add-ons available as well as advanced code recipes to take your site to the next level.
WooCommerce is the premiere eCommerce solution for WordPress and this plugin capitalizes on its abilities. WooCommerce comes with a lot of features and add-on abilities, however, community and memberships are not one of its strong points out of the box. ‘WooCommerce memberships’ offers the ability to sell memberships via WooCommerce. It comes integrated with several plugins like ‘Subscriptions’, ‘Bookings’ and ‘Groups’, some of the most commonly used plugins. This one comes from the best resource for WooCommerce add-ons, WooThemes.com
Restrict Content Pro focuses heavily on the, as the name implies, restricting content as a membership site. You won’t find many community-based features as with certain other plugins. But as a plugin that offers the ability to provide subscription-based premium content, Restrict Content Pro does so at a more budget friendly price.
While WooCommerce is the most widely used WordPress eCommerce solution, it is by no means the only option out there. Cart66 offers a more robust out-of-the-box solution that doesn’t depend upon add-ons and additional plugins to work as a full suite. This includes features for selling membership and subscription services. However, this comes at the price of not being able to pick and choose what features to add on. Of course, you can keep a cleaner installation with fewer plugins to manage. So you need to weigh what is more important to you.