David Mainayar on | 3 min read
MemberPress is among the most popular and intuitive WordPress membership plugins. It's a premium plugin but affordably priced.
++ Intuitive set-up: easily add membership plans and automatically configure pricing, login, account, and thank you pages
++ Content control options: restrict access to certain types of content and configure content dripping with ease
++ Integrations: integrates with Zapier, Affiliate Royale, MailChimp, LearnDash, and AWS
++ Sell courses: supports selling courses
-- Limited payment options: only supports the most popular payment gateways
-- Integrations: many would like to see still more integrations (the eternal gripe of the WordPress community)
-- Pricing: starting from $129 / year for the Basic plan and $249 / year for the Plus plan.
Brought to you by the same team that is behind Easy Digital Downloads and AffiliateWP, this plugin makes a powerful claim for the membership plugin throne.
++ Intuitive set-up: seamless integration with your WordPress dashboard
++ Built-in integrations and compatibility: many of your favorite plugins, including Stripe, PayPal, MailChimp, MailPoet, etc. come built-in; Easy Digital Downloads compatibility
++ Excellent support: free documentation and professional support that
++ Extensive payment gateway options: besides Stripe, PayPal, Braintree, it supports 2Checkout, PayPal Website Payments Pro, PayPal Express, and Stripe Checkout
-- Integrations: many would like to see still more integrations, especially as relates to email service providers
-- Pricing: $99 with 12 addons and single site license, $149 for 5 sites, and $249 for all addons and unlimited sites; there is also a $499 lifetime plan.
LearnDash is very flexible and, like most of the other options on this list, fairly intuitive.
++ Intuitive set-up: easy enough to set up and introducing content is even simpler
++ Built-in integrations: many of your favorite plugins, including Stripe, PayPal, MailChimp, MailPoet, etc. come built-in
++ Sell courses: best plugin on this list for selling courses
-- Lacks certain membership features: for sites that are not interested in selling courses, LearnDash may not be all that useful for you
-- Pricing: Starting from $159 for a single site license with 1 year of support and updates.
Teachable is an all-in-one online course builder, enabling you to create a membership website complete with a discussion forum, email marketing, and analytics all managed with one dashboard.
++ Intuitive set-up: no technical skills needed to get set up, and built-in tools like video and PDF creation abound
++ Content control options: although not as varied as MemberPress, drip content is supported
++ Engagement features: forums, quizzes, contact forms, certificates, and more can be used to boost engagement
-- Not a WordPress plugin: Teachable has to be integrated by adding links, a sub-domain, or Zapier
-- More expensive: basic plan starts at $39 / month, professional $99 / month, and business $499 / month.
S2Member is the most popular free WordPress membership plugin, but a premium version is available as well. It has a loyal, long-running userbase.
++ Free: the base plugin is free, allowing you to give it a try and see if it is right for you
++ Content control options: although not as varied as MemberPress, drip content is supported but only with the premium membership
++ Built-in integrations: works with MailChimp, bbPress, and BuddyPress
++ Solid support: extensive documentation and pro users get email-based support
-- Not a user-friendly set-up: less intuitive set-up than the other options on this list
-- Limited payment options: free version only supports PayPal, but the premium version supports Stripe and Authorize.net
-- Pricing: The base plugin is free, then Pro version for a single site license costs $89 USD. For unlimited sites pro version costs $189 USD.
MemberPress is the best option overall, given its features, support, and documentation. If you want to prioritize simplicity and ease of use, then Restrict Content Pro is a solid option guaranteed by a great team. If you want to sell courses, then LearnDash is the best option.