Looking for the best membership plugin for your WordPress website, but don’t know which one to choose?
As more and more membership plugins are developed, it becomes more difficult to know which plugin is the one that will apply to all your specifications.
Both Wishlist Member and MemberPress are paid membership plugins.
Wishlist Member offers a single license ($97) and unlimited licenses ($297), both include support and access to documentation and video tutorials.
MemberPress offers a single licence ($99) and unlimited licenses ($199), both also include a license for Affiliate Royale, a premium affiliate plugin developed by the same company as MemberPress.
Both plugins supports unlimited membership levels, members management, controlling the subscription length, and set login redirection.
Features that are available in Wishlist but are not available in MemberPress are: the ability to create bundles and to allow social login.
The social login is not a built-in feature and it is possible only by purchasing a 3rd-party plugin (costs between $25 to $97 / year).
Regarding the bundling feature, though it is possible to create bundles, it is quite limited. You can create bundles using the Sequential Upgrade feature, however, you cannot create complex bundles, for example: if you want create several bundles from the same membership levels. You can, however, do that using a 3rd-party plugin called Wishlist Bundles.
Members export option is possible with Wishlist and is limited with MemberPress as with the second one it is only possible to export active / inactive users.
Trial periods are supported by both Wishlist and MemberPress.
Upsells, one-time offers and discount coupons are supported by MemberPress.
With Wishlist Member you will need to use an add-on for creating coupons (Wishlist Coupon 2.0 – $30) and upsells / one-time offers are supported depending on the shopping cart you are using.
Both Wishlist Member and MemberPress support these protection settings: Free and paid memberships, total content protection, pay-per-post and teaser content display.
“Teaser content” is the content displayed above the “read more” tag and can be seen my non-members, all content after the “read more” tag is protected for members only.
Content dripping feature is a built-in feature in MemberPress and can be added to Wishlist Member using an add-on called – Wishlist Content Scheduler ($40).
The ability to secure your RSS feed is available in Wishlist only, pay-per-view is not available in both.
Shopping Carts Integrations:
Though Wishlist Member offers a larger number of integrations in comparison to MemberPress, it really depends on which shopping cart you are using.
These are the most popular shopping carts that integrate with Wishlist Member (partial list): ClickBank, PayPal Standard and PayPal Pro, Authorize.net, InfusionSoft, Stripe, 1ShoppingCart, JVZoo, 2CheckOut and SamCart.
You can also automate the registration process of almost any shopping cart integration you want using a 3rd-party plugin called Wishlist Auto Registration.
MemberPress offers integrations with: PayPal Express Checkout, Stripe and Authorize.net (the last one is available in the unlimited licenses package only – $199).
You will also find that Wishlist includes a lot more integrations with autoresponders services:
Autoresponders that integrate with Wishlist Member (partial list): GetResponse, Aweber, MailChimp, Constant Contact, iContact, Mad Mimi and OntraPort.
MemberPress supports GetResponse, Aweber and MailChimp autoresponders.
One advantage of MemberPress is the ability to integrate it with the most popular forum plugins: BuddyPress, bbPress and Mingle Forum that Wishlist does not integrate with.
Both plugins integrate with SimplePress.
Which Plugin Is Better?
It’s difficult to answer this question as there it really depends on the features and integrations you need.
The one that provides you with all the features you need is the right plugin for you.
Both plugins offer documentation and tutorials. API support is available only in Wishlist Member and it is important if you want to have the ability to extend the plugin and customize it to your needs.