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 Restrict Content Pro 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.
Restrict Content Pro offers 1, 5, unlimited licenses and unlimited licenses + Add-Ons. The price range is $42 to $155.
Wishlist Member offers some important features that are lack in Restrict Content Pro, such as: having the ability to create bundles, set a login redirection and allow social login.
Though with Wishlist Member you will a 3rd-party plugin to create the social login, but the other features are built-in.
Another thing you should know is that the bundling feature with Wishlist Member is also 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.
With both Wishlist Member and Restrict Content Pro you can set trial periods and offer coupons. For creating coupons using Wishlist you will need to purchase Wishlist Coupon 2.0 add-on ($30) that was developed by the Wishlist team themselves.
If you want to offer upsells or set one-time offers, it is currently not possible with Restrict Content Pro, and with Wishlist Member it depends on the shopping cart you are using, for example: if you are using Clickbank, Wishlist supports their Pitch Plus feature.
Both Wishlist and Restrict Content Pro support the creation of free and paid memberships, and the ability to display “teaser” content for non-members (this is the content above the “read more” tag, all content after it will be protected for members only).
Content dripping is available only with Wishlist Member, but it is not built-in, you will need to purchase an add-on (developed by Wishlist Products) – Wishlist Content Scheduler ($40).
If you also want to secure your RSS feed, you can do that with Wishlist Member plugin. It is not available in Restrict Content Pro.
Pay-per-post is available with Wishlist Member, pay-per-view is not available in both Wishlist and Restrict Content Pro.
Shopping Carts Integrations:
Though Wishlist Member offers a large number of integrations, it really depends on which shopping cart you are using, as Restrict Content Pro integrates with BrainTree (paid add-on) and Wishlist does not.
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.
Restrict Content Pro has a built-in integration with PayPal Standard only. You can purchase other shopping carts integration add-ons for: Stripe, PayPal Pro and PayPal Express and BrainTree. Each costs between $20 to $67, depending on the number of licenses you choose.
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.
Restrict Content Pro integrates with MailChimp only (a free add-on).
One advantage of Restrict Content Pro is the ability to integrate it with the most popular forum plugins: BuddyPress and bbPress, that Wishlist does not integrate with.
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 provide good documentation with tutorials and training and both have API support that allows you to extend the plugin and customize it to your needs.
Wishlist Member is a very popular plugin that is around for about 5 years, it has been tremendously improved over time and had lots of updates and new features.
Each plugin you choose to go with will be a good choice for sure.