6 WordPress Membership Plugins and Unique Premium Features
WordPress membership plugins are notorious for looking great in theory, but not standing up to practical application on your website. There are a number of different reasons for this ranging from user-related problems to fundamentally poor coding. At the same time, the best WordPress membership plugins can be very powerful. The key is making sure that your expectations align with what the plugins offer.
As a general rule, membership plugins fall into the rare category of “premium plugins only”. This is because if you try to create a piecemeal solution from free plugins, you are setting yourself up for a lot of technical problems along the way. In the end, paying for a premium plugin, along with the updates, will save you more than enough time to justify the expense. Additionally, there have been a number of advanced features that have become standardized among the premium options. This means that you need to choose the plugin that best suits your needs. Here is a quick introduction to 6 of the most popular premium WordPress membership plugins and a unique feature that each of them has to offer.
1. Magic Members
If you have to point to a single standout feature of Magic Members, it would probably be the flexible membership options. This goes much farther than just being able to set up multiple membership tiers (although you can do that too). You can simultaneously set up pay per post access to individual content and downloads as well as create as many different membership tiers that you want. Plus, there are a number of additional features that add to the flexibility including sequential course delivery to protect your content, variable subscription length, and the ability to protect content on either a per post or per category basis.
2. Wishlist Member
Wishlist Member is another very popular premium membership plugin for WordPress. If there is one thing that stands out, it is probably the additional graphics and membership models training that you will receive. It is important to note that you can only access this with a Multi-Site License.
MemberWing has become popular primarily because it also created the WordPress Membership University. A lot of the features tend to be fairly standard for a premium membership plugin, however it includes more training in terms of creating a membership site. It includes both basic and advanced configurations of the software itself, plus WordPress, payment processors, SEO, and autoresponders.
4. Digital Access Pass
Digital Access Pass is considered by most people to be a fairly average premium WordPress membership plugin. The standout feature is only useful for people who are using Amazon S3 storage. It is known as the S3 Media Vault and it fixes the biggest potential security threats created by storing your site with Amazon S3.
WP eMember is a solid option. It does seem to lack some of the advanced features that have become standard with many other elite options, however if you are already using other products by the same author then integration will be a snap. This is especially true if you are looking for a membership plugin that will integrate with WP eStore.
6. S2Member Pro
S2Member is actually a free plugin, however it does have a Pro add on version. The only big difference between the two is that the Pro add on will give you access to a number of additional payment processors and a few more management tools. Poor support service is commonly reported on the net.