Paid Memberships Pro vs.Restrict Content Pro

Paid Memberships Pro vs.Restrict Content Pro

Are you looking for an enhanced membership platform for your WordPress website?

In this post we give you a complete comparison of Paid Memberships Pro and Restrict Content Pro, including: important membership features and protection settings, possible integrations and more.

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Membership Features

These are the main membership features available with Restrict Content Pro:

Members Management – With Restrict Content Pro you get a complete overview of all your members, including: active, expired, cancelled, pending members etc. You can also see in one glance their membership level, expiration date and even edit their details from the members’ management area as can be seen in the screenshot below:

Restrict Content Pro Members Management

Restrict Content Pro Members Management

Membership Expiration – You can set an expiration date and limit the subscription to a specific membership level

Unlimited Membership Levels – You can create unlimited number of both free and paid memberships

Unlimited Subscription Packages – You can create unlimited number of subscriptions, whether its free, paid or trial.

These are the core membership features included in Paid Memberships Pro:

Unlimited Membership Levels – PMP gives you the ability to grant access to unlimited number of membership levels, both free and paid memberships. PMP allows your to structure your membership site in any way you want, from hierarchical model (for example: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced) to topic-oriented model.

Manage Your Members – edit membership levels, change their expiration date etc.

Expiration Dates – Set an expiration date for membership levels

Login Redirection – Set the login redirection page

Members Export – Export members to a CSV file or view them in one table

Members Reports and Stats – PMP allows you to get complete reports and statistics about your members, including: number of visits, views and logins for each member as can be seen in the screenshot below:

PMP Members Reports and Stats

PMP Members Reports and Stats

Content Restriction

In this section you will find out the possible protection options for each membership plugin.

These are the main protection settings available with Restrict Content Pro:

Complete Content Restriction – You can restrict the entire post, page and custom post type by simply selecting the “Restrict This Content” option in the meta box.

Partial Content Protection – You can protect only portions of the content using smart shortcodes

“Teaser” Content – You can allow non members to view the excerpts’ content, which is also called the “teaser” content. This is the content that comes before the “more” tag that can be added to every post and page.

Hide excerpts from RSS Feeds – You can prevent the excerpts to show up in your RSS feeds.

Here is a screenshot with the content restriction options:

Restrict Content Pro Content Restriction

Restrict Content Pro Content Restriction

These are the main protection settings available within Paid Memberships Pro:

Total Content Protection – You can set any post or page to be hidden from non-members completely, so only logged-in users will be able to view it.  This can be easily accomplished by entering the desired post / page and checking the membership level in the meta box “Require Membership” as seen in the below screenshot:

Paid Memberships Pro Total Content Protection

Paid Memberships Pro Total Content Protection

Teaser Content – You can display “teaser” content to non-members by using WordPress “Read More” tag, so all content above the tag (the excerpt) will be visible to non-members, but all the content after the tag will be visible to members only (the single post).

Content Dripping – You can drip feed your content to members over the course of their membership by serializing the content to be delivered every X number of days after their registration to the membership site. The dripping is done using a free plugin “Series” that can be downloaded in this link.

Payment Models

Applying different payment tactics such as offering free trials, upsells etc. is highly important to maintain a viable business and it can tremendously effect your overall revenues.

Restrict Content Pro offers the following payment models:

Discount Coupons – You can offer promotional discount coupons, create unlimited coupons in flat rate / percentage based discounts, and you can also get a complete overview of all coupons in one place, as can be seen in the below screenshot:

Restrict Content Pro Coupons

Restrict Content Pro Coupons

Trial Periods – You can easily offer trial periods as can be seen in the below screenshot:

Restrict Content Pro Trial Periods

Restrict Content Pro Trial Periods

Paid Memberships Pro offers the following payment models:

Custom Trial Periods – Free trials, custom-length trials, “Introductory” pricing.

Upsells and One-Time Offers

Recurring Subscriptions – Daily, weekly, monthly and annually.

Shopping Carts Integration

Restrict Content Pro allows integration with PayPal Standard, and it offers other payment gateway add-ons, including:

  • PayPal Express
  • PayPal Pro
  • Stripe
  • Braintree

Paid Memberships Pro integrates with all the above, and also with several other popular payment gateways. These are all the gateways PMP integrates with:

  • Stripe
  • Authorize.net
  • PayPal Standard
  • PayPal Express and PayPal Pro
  • Braintree
  • CyberSource
  • 2CheckOut

General Information

Restrict Content Pro is a paid membership plugin developed by the well respected Pippin Williamson who is also behind the excellent Easy Digital Downloads and AffiliateWP platforms, so you can rest assure that Restrict Content Pro is a top and well coded membership platform as well.

Restrict Content Pro can be purchased for a single website ($42), 2-5 websites ($86), unlimited number of websites ($132) and it can also be purchased with all the available add-ons for unlimited sites at $155 (most recommended). You can see all add-ons on Restrict Content Pro product page (scroll down).

Paid Memberships Pro is a free membership platform, if you also watn access to support, premium content, videos and members-only forums you will need to upgrade to the PMPro membership that is priced at $97.

PMP is also a great membership plugin, so if you are still not sure which plugin to choose, whether Restrict Content Pro or any other plugin, you can download Paid Memberships Pro and start playing with it. The plugin is quite simple to understand and may suite your needs.

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