Just a few years again, I wrote a brief guide on methods to put collectively a membership web site utilizing WordPress and totally different membership website plugins.
Just lately, a consumer requested me about defending a dialogue web site. I believed I might have a look at WP-Members by RocketGeek once more. It was the “cheapie” membership possibility I explored within the guide.
The Good Information
WP-Members continues to be being developed and supported. It is extraordinarily straightforward to put in and arrange. And, it is nonetheless one of many least costly choices on the market doing job.
As a matter of reality, the free model of the plugin permits you to arrange a number of membership ranges. It even allows you to arrange a specific degree as a default, into which it places all new registrants. Admins have the choice of manually transferring members into a distinct membership degree (or “product” because the docs name it) behind the scenes.
The choices for setup are minimal, however highly effective. The primary possibility is to guard both posts or pages. I’ve solely had one consumer decide into defending posts from non-members. Most membership websites I’ve constructed for purchasers have a number of complete pages of content material they want to defend. In case your weblog/posts web page is one thing you need hidden, I discover it simpler to guard the entire thing. If in case you have information you need to cover from non-members, put it on a protected web page. You’ll be able to even hyperlink to that protected web page from a publish, and folks following the hyperlink might be prompted to register for the protected content material.
One other good factor – your paid plugin (and any paid extras) are good on as much as three totally different websites! So your per-site value for all of the goodies drops to round $42.
There’s additionally an intensive set of documentation on organising and configuring the plugin. However maintain that thought for a pair minutes…
The Not-As-Good Information
If you wish to promote entry to your content material, the free model of WP-Members is not going to do it. Neither is the plain paid plugin. You will have to get one among two choices – each at an extra cost. The excellent news is that each of those add-ons include the WP-Members Professional bundle, which matches for a really cheap $125. As I mentioned above, even this Professional bundle prices lower than different paid membership website plugins on the market.
However, one other downer – the 2 choices for amassing cost are both for PayPal (for which you will have an account – ideally a enterprise account), or an possibility that permits you to promote your membership ranges by means of Woo Commerce, which is one other plugin for WordPress. Which is to say, if you need one other choice to take bank cards by means of another gateway, you will want Woo Commerce and one other attachment.
Keep in mind after I talked about documentation a minute in the past? There’s additionally a help discussion board, which is sweet. Nonetheless, it is solely accessible to individuals who have paid for the plugin. That is what the $59 annual price is for – help through the discussion board.
If it’s worthwhile to arrange a easy membership website based mostly on WordPress, after which get on with the enterprise of operating your website, then I might extremely suggest the free model WP-Members. When you can determine methods to run the again finish of a WordPress website, you’ll be able to most likely get this operating with little or no drawback. If you wish to take cash for membership content material, and you’ve got a PayPal enterprise account, then getting the WP-Members Professional bundle could be a good suggestion (though it will have greater than you want).
Nonetheless, if you need a number of membership ranges, and also you need to have the membership plugin deal with taking funds by means of your alternative of gateways, you are going to need a extra complicated – and costlier – answer.