Adding membership capabilities to your WordPress website allows you to serve users in a variety of ways better. For example, having a member account can make tasks like adding and replying to comments more straightforward. Site owners can use memberships to keep sensitive content out of public view or even monetize content.
Here are some free plugins you can use to bring memberships to your WordPress website. Some cater to niche uses, while others aim to provide a full suite of functionality.
User Access Manager
User Access Manager provides an easy way to set permissions on your website’s content. Create a user group based on WordPress Roles & Capabilities and use the handy checkboxes to assign pages, categories, or individual posts to that group. Users and content may also be assigned to more than one group.
With Simple Membership, you’ll be able to configure unlimited free and paid membership levels. Paid memberships can be set to automatically renew via PayPal and Stripe.
Also of note, website owners can take fine-grain control by manually approving new members and selecting which content to protect on a per-post basis. Google reCAPTCHA compatibility is there to help cut down on spam registrations.
Members is a complete solution for user and content control. You can edit and create new user roles, assign multiple roles to users and adjust content permissions – all in a slick GUI.
Paid Memberships Pro
Get your WordPress membership site off to a quick start with Paid Memberships Pro. The core plugin offers plenty of ways to wall off your content and create multiple membership levels.
You can also extend features by using the available free and premium add-on plugins. They cover everything from WooCommerce integration, email marketing, to membership approval. This is a solid solution for creating a highly-customized membership experience.
WP Members: Membership Framework
WP Members allows users to register, login, and edit their accounts on the front end of your site – keeping them away from your WordPress dashboard.
Registrations can be held for admin approval, adding an extra layer of security. The ability to set content permissions is also included.
Peter’s Login Redirect
Peter’s Login Redirect lets you create login/logout/registration redirects for users by roles, capabilities, or specific individuals. Very handy for those times when you want users to see specific content after they perform a member-related action.
Remove Dashboard Access
Many times, site owners don’t want lower-level users to have access to the WordPress dashboard. Remove Dashboard Access can be used to redirect users with specific roles or capabilities to another URL and keep them away from the dashboard.
User Submitted Posts
User Submitted Posts allows users to create content on the front end of your site. They can even upload images. Admins can set the status of submitted posts to draft, published, or set to auto-publish after that user has a specific number of previously approved posts. There are lots of options to set things up to fit your needs.
Membership & Content Restriction – Paid Member Subscriptions
Sell memberships on your site with Membership & Content Restriction. You can create multiple levels of memberships, each with its own pricing.
The plugin also includes member management and content restrictions. Lots of commercial add-ons are available to enable more functionality.
Designed for creating advanced user community sites, Ultimate Member features front-end registration/login/profiles, the ability to create a custom registration form, and content restriction.
You can also conditionally display menus, customize email templates and display a member directory. There are several add-ons available to enable WooCommerce integration, private messaging, and more.
Membership has its Benefits
The needs of membership sites can be unique. Each has its own goals, challenges, and desired functionality. Fortunately, there are WordPress plugins available for just about every type of membership site imaginable.
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