5 WordPress Membership Plugins You Can Consider



I must be one of the first to come up with this list. But my ezine readers are the ones who got them first (from DIYMiniSite.com, OptinDesign.com and MiniSiteGallery.com members). A few of my readers have republised the list at forums, and some went on a journey to look them up and research them.

And recently, I asked my ezine subscribers whether I should repost my ezines in this blog. And most of them said yes. In case you are wondering, I asked them about that because I want to share the best with my ezine subscribers. But at the same time, republishing my ezine content is a good way to create content for my blog. I think I write to my ezine readers more than I write my blog.

OK, so this is the first post from my previous ezine… almost exactly.

Alright, I have been looking at the ways you can build a membership site with WordPress. And I found these five WordPress plugins you can consider. I haven’t really check them out though but I think any of these are worth considering.

It seems that each of them are backed with a really hardworking, passionate people. And I suppose they are supported well. That’s what you need when you are considering a new product that no one has created in the past.

I consider WordPress membership plugins are a new thing. There was one by WPBoard.com (or Gootix.com) last time. But I don’t see it being used anymore. Plus, the website is not even online anymore.

But anyway, you can consider these five… (not in any preferrence order)

wp-Member
http://www.wp-member.com

Your Members
http://www.newmedias.co.uk/wordpress-membership/

MemberWing
http://www.memberwing.com

Member WishList
http://member.wpwishlist.com/

SUMA Plugin
http://www.sumaplugin.com

Normally, when you see any discussion at forums or blogs about WordPress membership solutions, you will some, if not all of these plugin developers fighting for attention. That’s a good thing, right?

Well, I suppose each of them has their own pros and cons (disclaimer: haven’t personally tested them). But from the looks of it, I will tell you this:

wp-Member is very low in price to start with. It supports Paypal, and saying that they are working on Authorize.NET. You can create unlimited subscriptions groups.

Your Member also works with Paypal. And one of a great feature they highlight is being able to call 3rd-party scripts like posting new emails to an autoresponder or maybe for affiliate programs. Their blog has extensive info on further integration and customization. Also has a Download Manager for files.

MemberWing offers a free non-automated version to get you started. But their Premium Editions offers integration to Paypal IPN, PayDotCom and e-Junkie. This also means you can get affiliates to promote your site with PayDotCom and e-Junkie. And with e-Junkie, you can accept 2CheckOut.

WishList Member integrates with Paypal, ClickBank and 1ShoppingCart. And with 1ShoppingCart, you can get your membership site to work with a whole lot more payment options, as long as 1ShoppingCart supports it for recurring.

SUMA plugin works with Website Paypal Pro (only I think). And for that, you will need SSL (or the https). In case you don’t know this yet, Website Paypal Pro is a way for you to accept credit cards using the Paypal infrastructure. This is different from the normal Paypal Button or Paypal Express.

By the way, there’s another one that I found.

WP-Membership
http://www.wp-membership.com

Sadly, it doesn’t have much info to even consider it.

You know what I want to see. I wish there are more examples of membership sites built with these plugins. Maybe they can have a clients showcase or something.

If you have any experience with any of these solutions, please share. Drop some comments.

UPDATE 21 August 2009: I don’t when I first found out about Digital Access Pass. At one time, I think I even said to myself, “I know there’s this new membership software but I forgot what it is” And here’s Ravi Jayagopal leaving us a comment down there. Now, I don’t really know how DAP works, but I don’t think it’s WordPress plugin. However, Ravi claims that DAP integrates well with WordPress. So if you guys are shopping around, go check it out http://digitalaccesspass.com/

 

14 Responses to “5 WordPress Membership Plugins You Can Consider”

  1. rudytarigan said:

    good info

  2. Adrian Lee said:

    This is interesting. But what would you recommend to create a membership? Do you know of any that is simple to setup, low priced or free, and easy to use?

  3. Anirudh K Mahant said:

    MEMBERWING PLUGIN does not do what they promise!

    Seriously, If youre looking to buy a plugin for membership blogs this plugin does only the half of what they say on their site.

    I purchased this plugin at $99 a few days ago, and here is what I discovered. I needed a plugin for membership blog and like everyone else I was blind sighted by the promises that I saw on this plugin website about USER SUBSCRIPTION AUTOMATION. Now they are dependent on PayPal for this feature. So, here is what they replied to me on my request:

    There are 3 ways to have person register with membership site:
    1. Send him to http://www.YOUR-SITE-NAME.com/wp-login.php to register as “subscriber”
    2. With memberwing – without charging him any fees: follow these instructions:
    http://www.memberwing.com/memberwing-plugin/how-to-add-free-members-to-membership-site-without-payment/
    3. With MemberWing by creating “join” page, creating “subscribe” button via paypal, pasting paypal “subscribe” button into “join” page and following instructions here:
    http://www.memberwing.com/software/wordpress-membership-site-plugin-memberwing/memberwing-user-guide/

    I choose the 3rd option and did everything by books but heres what I found when testing it! When users Subscribe and checkout on PayPal its MANDATORY that they create a PayPal account unless they have one, fair enough and understood because PayPal is responsible for managing user subscriptions so it needs to keep a record of user information their subscription date etc. Seriously No offense, but I think this process should have been integrated into the plugin itself, which is not the case and here’s what I get in another reply from my support request:

    Hello,
    You are correct in your estimation that some users would not like to join Paypal to join membership site.
    It could be too much hassles for people and lost sales for membership site business owners.

    I would rather not get into full blown e-commerce shopping cart development but use existing services.
    One of the viable alternative to Paypal is 2checkout.com. They do support recurring payments and seems to allow API for integration with other scripts.

    I will look into integrating 2CO in memberwing as next enhancement.

    Thank you for your detailed concern!

    Gleb

    Pretty comforting thought, now I have client who needs this system up and running before this guy pulls off his sleeves and finishes up with the 2checkout.com integration. Screw them! I can’t wait for that long and neither does my client, so here’s what I did I purchased another plugin hopefully which has all the promises they make!

    IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO BUY THIS ILL-COOKED PLUGIN THEN DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. STAY AWAY AND TRY ANOTHER PLUGIN. THESE GUYS ARE PROBABLY LAZY AND NAIVE SINCE THEY HAVE TO DEPEND ON PAYPAL FOR SUCH FEATURES

  4. Kidino said:

    Now, I have no preference in any membership site solution. I am not from MemberWing or from any of those membership site plugin listed up there.

    But reading your comment, something bothers me…

    Were you unsure about how to charge the customers?

    Definitely you will need some way to accept payments, unless you are creating a free membership site. If you want a free membership site, you should’ve gone with option #2. And I don’t know any software developer that has that built-in. You will always need something like Paypal or 2CheckOut or an Internet merchant account or something. The software company will always have integration solutions though… but they are not the bank or the financial institution that can easily take money from you credit card or bank account.

    If you want something like that, then find a financial institution that creates membership site solution… or at least, I think they are some hosted solutions that can accept payments on your behalf. Go Google…

    So in this case, I think you should’ve decided on what payment solution to use and find a script/plugin that supports them. It clearly says they support PayDotCom, e-Junkie and Paypal. I don’t see anything else mentioned on their website… and if you are unsure, you could’ve asked them beforehand. They didn’t say they support 2Checkout. They didn’t say they support merchant accounts or Authorize.NET.

    The thing that bothers me the most though is this … you claim that they didn’t deliver their promise. From you case, I don’t see that…

  5. Back With Your Ex said:

    Though it seems MemberWing has no support for autoresponders like aWeber or GetResponse Plus. I’ve emailed them and awaiting their answer.

    WishList offers autoresponder integration… a big plus.

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  7. Ravi Jayagopal said:

    Hi,

    I’m the developer of a Membership Plugin for WordPress, at http://DigitalAccessPass.com .

    Something really worth considering before you decide on any one membership software.

    Note for blog owner: If you would like to include my software in your list above, I can make you an affiliate, and you can use your affiliate link.

    Thanks!

    - Ravi Jayagopal

  8. Bob The Teacher - Digital Access Pass User said:

    I’m a happy DAP user, and I think the big difference about DAP is it can work in or out of WordPress, but acts like a plugin with it’s dashboard integrated inside the WP admin.

    It has a built in affiliate tracker, and provides for multiple products, protects content (both pages and posts, plus other pages on the same domain outside of WordPress – this is a feature I really love).

    Most importantly I think, as we give Ravi suggestions for new features, he is able to integrate the good ones quickly.

    Bob Jenkins

    p.s. you can read my Digital Access Pass review on my blog.

  9. Kidino said:

    Thanks Bob, that was an insightful review. Sure makes me think about DAP.

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  11. Steven May said:

    Suma customer support was hopeless and I felt like I had been taken for a ride. I’ve since switched to WP-member and it’s a much better application.

  12. Brian Clifton said:

    I have tried in vain to use Suma. It *looks* like a decent product with an impressive feature list, but getting it to work was just too damn difficult.

    Essentially there is no user-community around the product, and documentation is thin on the ground – particularly for working examples.

    Therefore, the only way to get help is to contact the developer (Brenton Camac) directly. Clearly he is a one-man band and cannot cope, so requests simply go unanswered.

    I tried for many months to get the product to work (issues with our PHP installation) and even persevered with customisation, but to no avail. I finally gave up bashing my head against a brick wall and I am in the process of evaluating WishList Member…

    Brian

  13. Glenn Pegden said:

    Thanks for mentioning Your Members. I’m not here to tell you how good it is (even though it is good, but then I was a YM user who liked the way they worked so much, I applied for and got a job with them), but you may like to you it now has it’s own website at http://www.yourmembers.co.uk rather that the rather outdated NewMedias site which you link to.

    http://www.yourmembers.co.uk

  14. Ecommerce web developer said:

    Thanks for information, its helpful for new web developers.

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