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20+ WordPress Plugins for your Membership Site

Do you want your own membership site?

Post Updated today (16th Feb 2010). Here are some WordPress Plugins that I found that might be useful if you are setting up your own community/directory/membership site or just want to have some protected pages/posts for special users. They are not in any particular order, for example, my fave is the one at the end. Each have their own features/benefits and price-points that will suit different budgets and uses.


The new free wordpress membership plugin – MemberWing allows to convert your existing blog into membership site without any changes or re-designs.

By inserting small text marker “{+++}” inside any article (old or new) – the content of it will become “protected” and available only to registered premium members. Simply put – anything that was before the marker – is visible for everyone – so put your teasers here. Anything after the “{+++}” marker will only be visible to users who are “Gold” or “Platinum” members. This is great feature that allows search engines to index and rank free text “teasers” part of your blog/website.

Once activated, plugin created 4 separate group members – Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. So you may (if wanted to) have 4 classes of contents and charge fees accordingly to access each class of contents. The way you mark contents of your articles for each group is the same simple one – via markers that separate free teasers from premium “juicy” part. {+} – Bronze members, {++} – Bronze and Silver members, {+++} – Bronze, Silver and Gold members, etc..

Membership plugin MemberWing supports latest version of self-hosted WordPress 2.6+ and works on any hosted account that allows wordpress installations.

There are 3 payment options, Free, $149.95 (Pro), and $295 (unlimited) – the free plugin doesn’t support Gradual Content delivery, affiliate management, intelligent mixing of different levels of content, aweber integration, recurring payments, etc, and it also has a link-back to the main site.

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EasyPayPal allows you to make money from your WordPress site by collecting a subscription payment from your users.

1) Hide text from non-subscribers with [pay][/pay] tags. Use “teasers” in your posts.
2) Create instant PayPal buttons in any post with simple [paybutton] tags.
3) Charge fees for content authoring, triggered from the post editor page. Perfect for job boards.
4) Create custom subscription pages with multiple subscription options.
5) Create pay-per-view post text. Hide text and links behind ‘Buy Now’ buttons.

The plugin is free, but there is no longer any ‘support’, it’s offered ‘as-is’.

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WP Members

WP-Members is a plugin to restrict WP content to be viewable by registered site members. It is designed to work “out-of-the-box” with no modifications to your theme, but also to be scalable for those that want to customize the look and feel, or want to restrict only some content. The plugin adds fields to the registration process to include name, address, phone, and email.

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This is the membership plugin (also a system) that Michel Fortin uses on his blog after his readers recommended it to him when he was looking.

It’s $179.95, and it works with nearly every CMS & forum software out there, including WordPress, Drupal, e107, Joomla, Moodle, Phpfox, Xoops, etc, and can integrate all the popular autoresponder systems. You can download a 30 day trial here.

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Article Directory

The primary task of this plugin is deduce on the main page (or any another) the structured list of categories, which can be easily customized with CSS, how it’s made now on Articlesss.com web-site. In addition, with the plugin implemented several changes in the administrative interface that using it was more rational and convenient for both authors and for the administrator.

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Business Directory

The Business Directory plugin for WordPress is an easy way to host a free directory page for your readers, affiliates, advertisers, community or club members. Invite them to submit a simple advertisement listing for themselves on your blog.

Listings include company name, a short description, and contact information including a live URL. The plugin includes an admin tab that allows you to approve of listings before they appear live on the site. You can also edit and delete listings.

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WordPress Subscription Management and Billing plugin (Suma)

Suma is plug-in component for the WordPress publishing system.  It provides Subscription Management and Billing functionality which transforms WordPress into a pay-to-view, subscription-based content publishing platform.

With Suma, an administrator can restrict access to a WordPress website’s pages, posts and comments to paid subscribers only.  Non-subscribers see only the title, or excerpt of the post depending on the administrator’s preference.

It is $199 and provides a free 14 day trial.

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TDO Mini Forms

This plugin allows you to add a form to your website that allows your readers (including non-registered) to submit posts.

TDO Mini Forms has been used to turn WordPress into a Forum and a Contact Manager. This plugin allows you to add a form to your website that allows non-registered users and/or subscribers (configurable) to submit posts. The posts are kept in “draft” until an admin can publish them (also configurable).

The plugin provides an extensive moderation view so administrators and editors can see posts awaiting approval and publish or delete them. Administrators can also ban specific users and IPs from using the form. Administrators can also “Trust” specific users. This means that when they use the form, their posts are automatically published. This does not give them any other rights or permissions using the WordPress software, it only affects usage of the form. This applies to user and IP bans as well. There is even an option to automatically trust users after so many approved submissions. (It should be noted that submissions from users that can already publish using the normal WordPress UI, will be automatically published.)

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Members Only

Members Only is a WordPress plugin that allows you to make your blog only viewable to visitors that are logged in. If a visitor is not logged in, they will be redirected either to the WordPress login page or a page of your choice. Once logged in they can be redirected back to the page that they originally requested. You can also protect your feeds whilst allowing registered user access to them by using Feed Keys.

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Feed Key

Feed Key adds a 32bit (or 40bit) key for each of your users, creating a unique feed url for every registered on user the site. This allows you to restrict you feeds to registered users only. Works with the above Members Only Plugin.

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Your Members

Your Members is a feature packed Membership Management Plugin allowing anyone to turn a WordPress Blog into a fully functioning members site which can accept payments through Paypal. It costs $50.

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Your Members


Profiler is a plugin for generating and displaying profiles for the registered users on a WordPress site. It is intended to be a “set it and forget it” plugin. You do not have to have any programming knowledge to use this plugin.

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Whisper is a unique WordPress plugin that allows your blog’s registered users to leave “whisper”-type comments to Admin or other registered users. Only the intended person (and Admin) can see the whisper. This plugin is useful for those bloggers who do not wish to leave their email addresses on their blogs but wish to have their readers leave private comments. Whisper is fully customizable via it’s own admin option page.

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User Photo

Allows a user to associate a profile photo with their account through their “Your Profile” page. Admins may add a user profile photo by accessing the “Edit User” page. Uploaded images are resized to fit the dimensions specified on the options page; a thumbnail image correspondingly is also generated. User photos may be displayed within a post or a comment to help identify the author.

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Shows how many users are online, if they are logged in – it shows their Username. Create a page that also shows the referring url, which page they are browsing, etc. It even shows the bots that are browsing your blog.

Click on my image below to go to my Users Online page and see what information it says about you.

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Email Users

A plugin for wordpress which allows you to send an email to the registered blog users. Users can send personal emails to each other. Power users can email groups of users and even notify group of users of posts.

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Aleph implements profiles, paginated and customizable user lists, and some characteristics of social networks, like friends and sets. It supports localization and pretty permalinks. Suggestions, bug reports and fixes (specially security & bug fixes) are welcomed. PHP 5 is required.
User Lists

Using Aleph, users become a important part of WordPress. If you run a site with WordPress, probably some users are authors, some are contributors, and most of them are only suscribers. With Aleph each user has his own profile, even if there are no public posts by that user.

Also, it is possible to browse in “user lists” (named “User Views” in the plugin). There is one user list included in Aleph: the “all registered users” view. You can easily define other views through the hooks used in the plugin or through view registration. Now it is possible to filter authors (users with at least one public post) and by some meta key.

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CHAT Users and Design Integrated (BoWoB)

They have both a WordPress and a Drupal version.

Free Chat for your website, integrated with your system users and design.

  • Chat integrated in your website.
  • Design theme integrated.
  • User accounts integrated.
  • Language integrated.
  • Public and private communication.
  • Administration Panel (kick, ban, …).

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This is a simple plugin to allow for access-restricted posting, allowing bloggers to discuss sensitive subjects without Google or the world finding the post.

Users may be members of multiple groups. Multiple groups and multiple individual users may be allowed to view each post. Overlaps are ignored — if the user is a member of any group that is allowed to view the post, that user will be able to view it.

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Create unlimited membership levels and select which post, page and category can be viewed by each membership level. Select one or multiple membership levels per post, page & category and wp-Member will automatically manage users subscriptions, payments, and access rights. This one costs around $27 per year per site and has a 1 week free trial. Lots of features – too many to list here.

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WP Members Site Plugin

This is a brand new WordPress membership plugin (released this month), and costs $47:
* The ability to charge one-time or recurring monthly fees.
* The ability to set your membership price.
* Full integration with the WordPress User management system.
* The ability to tag text to make portions of posts and pages visible to non-paying members as teaser text.
* A payment page that you can redirect user to from teaser pages, the generic registration page, or by sending the actual page link.

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