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WordPress Wednesday: 5 Free Membership Plugins

Posted on 3.24.2015

It is not uncommon for content publishers to require website visitors to sign up and become members before allowing access to content.

The challenge, however, is in finding technology that will enable website owners to restrict access to content on their site. Fortunately for WordPress users, there are a variety of membership plugins – both free and paid – that enable site owners to manage who has access to content on their site.

Read below to discover five free membership plugins that can help WordPress users better manage  the people visiting their site and viewing their content:


1. WP-Members

Stars: 4.6
Downloads: 60,000+

The WP-Members plugin provides users with a membership management framework that restricts content to registered users. The plugin is perfect for newsletters and premium content sites according to its description. Moreover, the plugin works with no modifications to a user’s theme and is scalable for users that want to customize the look and feel or want to restrict only some content. The plugin offers the ability for users to block posts and pages as well as notifies admins of new user registrations.


2. Simple Membership

Stars: 4.5
Downloads: 4,000+

The Simple Membership plugin enables users to restrict certain content for website members. Users can configure the plugin to have free and/or paid memberships on their site, with paid membership payments going through PayPal. When editing a post or page, users have the ability to protect that content for members only. The plugin works with any WordPress theme, enables users to protect photo galleries, shows teaser content to visitors, offers the ability to manually approve members and more.


3. Ultimate Member

Stars: 4.9
Downloads: 3,000+

The Ultimate Member plugin helps users create online communities and user profiles on their WordPress sites. The plugin enables visitors to sign up to become a member of a site from the front-end, as well as offers custom form fields, a drag-and-drop form builder, custom email templates, content restriction and more. Plus, users can extend the functionality of the plugin with a variety of premium extensions from the developer.


4. Memberful WP

Stars: 5
Downloads: 700+

The Memberful WP plugin enables users to sell memberships and restrict access to content. Memberful is a service for selling subscriptions with Stripe. Through the app, users can automatically sync their Memberful member data with WordPress, create a paywall, restrict access to content and more.


5. Dovetail

Stars: 5
Downloads: 30+

While not as well-known as the aforementioned plugins, Dovetail enables users to add basic membership tools to their WordPress site. The plugin doesn’t offer any payment gateways yet, but it does work well with other plugins, such as Theme My Login and Gravity Forms. Moreover, users can restrict access for content directly from the editing screen.


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