Paid Memberships Pro Plugin Review

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Paid Memberships Pro is a free WordPress membership plugin that allows you to sell memberships and manage a complete membership system by providing restricted access to members-only content.There are a lot of good membership plugins out there so It always comes down to what you value the most in a membership plugin. One great thing about Paid Memberships Pro is that it’s absolutely free for you to use. On top of that you get all the basic and essential components of a membership system.

Paid Memberships Pro plugin has been out there for a long time. So it’s code is pretty stable compared to other membership plugins. As the plugin was designed to provide additional functionality via extensions you don’t really need to worry about the stability of the core plugin at this time or in the near future.

Here is the current stats of this plugin:

Active Installs: 50,000

Compatible up to: The latest version of WordPress

Requires: WordPress 3.5 or higher

Supported Payment Gateways

  1. Stripe
  2. Authorize.net Automated Recurring Billing (ARB)
  3. PayPal (Standard, Express, Website Payments Pro and Payflow Pro)
  4. Braintree
  5. CyberSource
  6. 2Checkout

Free Addons

  1. Aweber Integration: This addon integrates with Aweber by adding members to lists based on their membership level.
  2. bbPress Integration: This addon integrates with bbPress by restricting forum content based on membership level.
  3. Constant Contact Integration: This addon integrates with Constant Contact by adding members to lists based on their membership level.
  4. Email Templates Admin Editor: This addon allows you edit/modify membership email from your admin dashboard.
  5. Hide Admin Bar from Non-Admins: This addon limits access to the dashboard and the admin bar so only the admin can view it.
  6. Infusionsoft Integration: This addon integrates with Infusionsoft by adding members to lists based on their membership level.
  7. KISSmetrics Integration: This addon connects your website to KISSmetrics to help you track user data.
  8. MailChimp Integration: This addon integrates with MailChimp by adding members to lists based on their membership level.
  9. MailPoet Integration: This addon shows a checkbox on the checkout page so users can subscribe to your MailPoet newsletters.
  10. Register Helper: This addon allows you to collect additional meta data from membership checkout and user profiles.
  11. WooCommerce Integration: This addon integrates with WooCommerce by allowing you to sell memberships as products.

PMPro Plus Addons

  1. Member Admin: This addon allows you to add an eligible manager for creating user, configuring membership settings and orders.
  2. PayPal Express Checkout: This addon adds PayPal Express Checkout as a payment option.
  3. Purchase Access: This addon allow you to sell access to individual pages for a flat fee. This is useful if you want to allow multiple membership levels per user.
  4. Advanced Level Shortcode: This addon allow you customize the membership level page with different shortcode attributes.
  5. Lightweight Affiliate Tracking: Create affiliate accounts and track checkouts by affiliates.
  6. Better Login, View & Visit Report: Add reporting functionality to your membership report screen which shows the stats for login, view and visit.
  7. Name & Address Capture: This addon allows you to capture the name and address for free membership levels or offsite payment gateways.
  8. Check Payment level: This addon adds various customizations when a user pays for a membership by check.
  9. Custom Level Cost Text: Customize the level cost text generated by Paid Memberships Pro plugin.
  10. Custom Post Types Membership Access: This addon adds a “require membership” checkbox to all custom post types and automatically redirect non-members to selected pages.
  11. Developer’s Toolkit: This addon adds tools for development sites that are using Paid Memberships Pro plugin.
  12. Disable All Emails: This addon allows you to disable all or specific emails sent by Paid Memberships Pro plugin.
  13. Donations: This addon allows users to enter a donation amount during checkout.
  14. Email Confirmation: When this addon is enabled, a confirmation link will be sent to the user via email in order to verify their membership.

Price Comparison

Free PMPro Core PMPro Plus
Costs $97.00/year $197.00/year
Documentation Yes Yes Yes
Member Support Forums No Yes Yes
Developer Chats No Yes Yes
Community Forums No Yes Yes
Memberlite Theme No No Yes
Premium Addon Downloads No No Yes
1-Click Add On Installs No No Yes
1-Click Add On Updates No No Yes
Advanced Code Recipes No No Yes
Webinars No No Yes

Paid Memberships Pro Dashboard

Here is a quick overview of Paid Memberships Pro dashboard:

Membership Level Configuration/Setup

In Paid Memberships Pro you have the flexibility of creating unlimited memberships level (Free or Paid) on daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. For a subscription type setup you can also configure free trial or custom length trial.

Paid Memberships Pro membership level configuration menu

Membership Content Restrictions

When you are publishing a page you can select which membership level is required to view the content on this page.

Paid Memberships Pro content restrictions menu

You also have the option to partially protect content using a shortcode.

Members List

You can easily view all of your members from your dashboard.

Paid Memberships Pro members list menu

Paid Memberships Pro controls each member via WordPress user account. This helps you view, filter and search members in a familiar interface.

Membership Discount

Paid Memberships Pro allows you to set specific rules to offer membership discount.

membership discount menu in the Paid Memberships Pro plugin

Membership Sales/Revenue

Paid Memberships Pro provides real time reports of your sales, visits, logins, signups, cancellations etc.

real time reports or stats in the Paid Memberships Pro plugin menu

Advanced Membership Settings

You can customize various membership messages/texts in the advanced settings.

Paid Memberships Pro advanced settings

Sell Memberships

You can offer both free and premium memberships on your site using shortcodes.

Paid Memberships Pro membership selection page

Membership Account Management

You can manage membership account by showing/hiding certain sections.

Paid Memberships Pro membership account page

Affiliate Plugin Integration

Paid Memberships Pro can be integrated with major affiliate plugins to set up an affiliate management system on your site.

Download Paid Memberships Pro

You can download Paid Memberships Pro from the plugins repository.

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