I lot of great membership (paid subscription) website plugins exist for WordPress. Unfortunately not everyone can afford to throw $30 here, and $350 there to buy the plugins they “think” they will need.
You can’t test most paid plugins before buying which makes starting up with paid resources a significant risk for your budget. I myself have regretted purchasing plugins thinking I’d have a system which does everything I want (the truth is no plugin, theme, or system does everything you want. There will always be a need to custom program further advancements in your system — which is why I try to make a profit with no initial cash investment (except perhaps for advertising my sales system after it’s been setup).
There are a variety of free membership / content restriction / “private content” plugins but none of them provide ALL the things which I as a marketer would want for an Ideal sales system. My attempt in this article is to test the features of each free membership site plugin I can find and figure out which free plugin offers the best core features.
Note: It’s likely that we will be using a combination of plugins to provide a more “marketing friendly” membership site experience. Not all plugins work well together, so we will be looking at:
- Which free membership site plugin provide satisfactory “first sales and profit at no investment” functionality for my envisioned “consulting service membership”.
- Including Multiple Membership Levels: 1 free, and at least one paid.
- Subscriber synchronization to WP user roles and <MailChimp free email marketing>.
- Public free, logged-in free, and members only content access.
Free Plugins Allowing You to Receive Payments for Restricted Access Content
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Restrict Content Ability
Receive Payments for Access to Restricted Content
|Free Logged-in User Access Able||Multiple Levels (Including different paid access levels)||Single Page (Product) Restriction|
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Press Permit –