Best WordPress Membership Plugins In 2016

We start with some sad news connected to a great member of the WordPress community, Bridget Willard who was recently on our podcast. We have been informed that Bridget’s husband of many years has unexpectedly passed away. She is in our thoughts.

A fund has been set up to help Bridget with a number of costs connected to medical and other expenses.

WordPress Membership Plugins

Best WordPress Membership Plugins 2016When it comes to WordPress and what the best membership plugins are in 2016 the choices can be slightly overwhelming. Also, you’ve got to have a clear understanding of what the essential functionality is that you need for your particular membership website.

Example: If you need a particular “Payment Gateway” to be supported, and your plugin doesn’t support it, this will be a major problem.  I had a client who was in the firearm selling and training business and because of this some of the payment gateway providers would not support her particular business.

Also, two key areas that some membership plugins don’t cover or have poor support for are multiple concurrent accounts, and upgrade/downgrade functionality.

There is also the whole area of combining your new membership website with eCommerce if you need this type of functionality.

However, don’t worry! We cover all the important questions in this episode of WP-Tonic and also give some recommendations for membership plugins we have used ourselves or have been highly recommended to us from the general WordPress community.

Key Points

1 – Ease of Use & Speed to Configure

2 – Multiple Concurrent Accounts

3 – Payment Gateway Support

4 – Dripped Content

5 – eCommerce Support

6 –  Upgrades / Downgrades

7 – Pro-rating & Pausing

8 – Other features that are nice-to-have

9 – Chris Lema Effect

Membership plugins

Paid Memberships Pro: Free or $197

MemberPress: Price $99 to $199 per year

Wishlist Member: Single site $197 or multi-site license $297

Digital Access Pass: One Site $167 $49.99

Membership plugins Plus eCommerce

Easy Digital Downloads: Free Combined With Restrict Content Pro $49.99

iThemes Exchange: pro-pack/ $197

WooCommerce Membership: from $149 to $299

WooCommerce Subscriptions: from $199 to $399!

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