Two handfuls of WordPress membership plugins that you can use to turn your free website into a paid membership product
If you’re running a website on WordPress, you probably know that it’s not meant to be run as a membership website. However, being as flexible as WordPress is, you’ll find many publishers who have turned it into a full-fledged membership or subscription site.
WordPress membership plugins are essential in saving both money in time when building a membership website. Here are some of the top ten that get a lot of buzz and compliments.
W3 Total Cache is an excellent plugin that can be used by any WordPress site, not just membership sites. However it’s worth mentioning because membership websites tend to be heavier on content and this plugin will help your pages load faster by saving static versions of your site to 99% of your users, which are mostly people who are “new” to your site or not logged in.
WordPress Editorial Calendar is an excellent plugin for managing content. If you’re serving your new membership content through WordPress posts, then this plugin will help you visually look at a calendar and add or organize new posts (or articles, issues, etc.).
S2 Member is one of the only free WordPress membership plugins. It integrates with PayPal and allows you to create several different membership levels. An upgrade to S2 Member Pro allows you to use a Paypal Pro.
Mingle will help you build a social network using WordPress, but will also allow you to turn it into a membership website where users will pay on a monthly basis.
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WordPress Directory is a solid premium WordPress membership plugin that will let you create your own online directory site. If you’re looking to create a membership site that creates revenue through paid posts on their site, this plugin will allow you to charge people in order to post in your directory.
WP JobAds is a similar plugin that will help you build an online job listings site.
There are TONS of WordPress membership plugins out there to look at. If you have any to share or that you can vouch for, let us know in the comments!