When building a membership site, there are many free and paid WordPress membership plugins out there that one can use.

In this article we will cover some of the best plugins that you can consider using to build your membership site.

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Restrict Content Pro

Ultimate Member

Paid Memberships Pro

WooCommerce Memberships



Memberpress is a robust and easy to use membership plugin that helps you build WordPress membership sites.

The plugin allows you to grant and restrict content within your site based on the membership levels.

Using the plugin, it is also possible to categorize members into groups thereby creating an upgrade path.

MemberPress however only provides support for  PayPal, Stripe, and Authorize.net payment gateways.

In regards to pricing, MemberPress has three pricing plans which include:

1. Basic: $279 per year, for a single site

2. Plus: $449 per year, for up to 2 sites

3. Pro: $599 per year, for up to 5 sites

Restrict Content Pro

Restrict Content Pro plugin allows you to restrict content and provide valued access to members.

The plugin provides an easy to use interface making it easy to set up and provide premium content to your subscribers.

Restrict Content Pro provides plenty of payment integration options which include Stripe, Authorize.net, 2Checkout, Braintree, PayPal, and PayPal Standard and Express. 

The plugin pricing plans include:

1. Personal: $129 for the first year

2. Plus: $219 for the first year

3. Professional: $349 for the first year

4. WordPress Web Designer’s Toolkit: $749 for the first year

 Ultimate Member

Ultimate member plugin provides a number of features amongst them being letting you configure what changes users can make to their profiles.

The plugin also enables you to restrict content to members only. Some of the other features include:

  • User login and registration
  • Conditional nav menus
  • Member directories
  • Custom user roles

    Ultimate Member is a free plugin but also has paid option plans. These include:

1. Extension Pass: $249/year

2. Extensions + Theme Pass: $299/year

Paid Memberships Pro

Paid Memberships Pro is a memberships plugin that allows you to create membership levels that help in member management.

The plugin also stands out in that it gives a chance to restricted content to rank in Search Engine Result Pages. It renders an excerpt of restricted content to non-members.

With the help of the membership levels, you are in a position to determine what content members can access within your website.

Paid Memberships Pro plugin integrates with a number of payment Gateways, amongst them Authorize.net, Stripe, PayFast, PayPal, Braintree and CyberSource.

The plugin is free and fully open source but also has paid option plans. These include:

Plus: $297 per year

Unlimited: $597 per year

WooCommerce Memberships

The WooCommerce Memberships plugin is an easy to use membership solution that helps in restricting your site’s content. The plugin however relies on the WooCommerce plugin.

WooCommerce Memberships plugin provides a high level of flexibility in a store, in that membership plans are configured independently from the products within the store.

If you wish to have a connection between your products within the store and membership plans, then this is achievable by assigning the respective product(s) to the membership plan(s).

 The plugin is currently priced at $199 for the first year.


There are many more membership plugins that one can consider in order to setup a Membership site. Identifying your Website goal(s) will help you in identifying the plugin that would be most suitable for you.

If you are looking for simplicity, Restrict Content Pro plugin is the way to go. Nonetheless, MemberPress stands out in these plugins and we recommend considering it due to its robust features and good documentation.

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Comments to: 5 Best Member Site Plugins You Can Use to build your Membership Site
  • January 7, 2022

    These are amazing tools. I tried the woo-commerce plugin, it created an amazing subscription button.


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