WooCommerce Memberships: Sometimes you save the best for last
For weeks people have been asking if I was going to review WooCommerce Memberships. The answer was a loud, “Yes!” But I had plans. Because you don't just throw in a review like this in the middle of the series. You bring it out towards the end, so people who have been reviewing and reading can see for themselves how awesome it is.
[tweet “WooCommerce Memberships is incredibly powerful and easy to use.”]
In case you missed it, here are all the other reviews to date.
- Membership 2 Pro – 3.0
- WP eMember – 3.3
- WP-Members – 2.3
- Restrict Content Pro – 3.3
- FastMember – 3.6
- Memberful – 2.9
- InstaMember – 3.6
- Members – 2.5
- WP Membership – 2.3
- Cart66 Cloud – 4.1
- Private Content – 1.9
- Zippy Courses – 3.6
- Ultimate Member – 1.7
- Easy Quick Member – 0.4
- WooCommerce Membership (Envato) – 2.0
- MemberWing-X – 3.0
- Simple Membership Plugin – 2.0
- Page Security and Membership – 2.0
- S2Member Pro – 2.3
- Digital Access Pass (DAP) – 3.3
- Magic Members – 2.9
- Wishlist Member – 2.4
- Rainmaker Platform – 3.9
- WP eCommerce w/ Membership Add On – 2.8
- Memberium – 4.0
- Paid Memberships Pro – 2.8
So for review #28, we're looking at one of my favorite plugins – even though it's only been around for a bit: WooCommerce Memberships.
Memberships Does A Lot
Let's jump in to the good stuff right away. First let me tell you all the normal things it does:
- It protects pages
- It protects posts
- It protects custom post types
- It protects categories
- It supports dripped content (delayed access to content)
- It supports PayPal, Stripe and all the other payment gateways that WooCommerce supports
- It integrates with Subscriptions.
Let me stop there for a second. I say this on the video below, but let me emphasize this.
[tweet “No one has done more subscription work in WordPress than Prospress.”]
I don't think there is anyone that has spent the time to do subscription management better than Prospress. They have dug deep to understand upgrades, downgrades, pausing and re-starting subscriptions. This is no small task and is a highly complicated domain of expertise to develop. And they have done it.
Their Subscriptions extension makes WooCommerce and WooCommerce Memberships worth using – simply because of the power their subscription engine brings to the table.
So the integration between Memberships and Subscriptions also means:
- It supports recurring subscriptions
- It supports pausing a membership plan
- It supports re-starting a membership plan
- It supports user-driven upgrades
- It supports user-driven downgrades
At this point, you should be wondering if there's anything it doesn't do, right?
But we haven't gotten to what the plugin extension does best…
What Memberships Does Best
Let me show you. This video will highlight the fact that Memberships is better than any other membership plugin that is trying to do more than just content protection.
[tweet “Memberships is better than anything else if you're trying to do more than content protection.”]
What do I mean by that? Simply, that when I wrote about building a platform, I highlighted the need to support eCommerce activity.
People who are members also want to go to events, buy t-shirts, and more. Check out this screen for member discounts.
I wrote about all of these needs in my platform series:
- Part One: You need more than just a website
- Part Two: You need to start with a plan
- Part Three: You need to pick the base of plugins you’ll use
- Part Four: Building an Author Site with iThemes Exchange
- Part Five: Building a Band or Musician’s Site with Easy Digital Downloads
- Part Six: Why most membership plugins won’t work
- Part Seven: Is Rainmaker the right platform for me?
Memberships delivers on this promise brilliantly. But don't take my word. Watch it below (if you don't see the video – this is the URL).
Scoring WooCommerce Memberships
So let's get to it. The score you've been waiting to see.
- Ease of Use – 5
- Payment Gateway Support – 5
- eCommerce Support – 5*
- Drip Support – 5
- Concurrent Accounts – 5
- Pro-rating Charges – 5*
- Upgrades / Downgrades – 5*
- Speed of setting it up – 5
The WooCommerce Memberships Score: 5.0
Oh my goodness. Maybe I should have left this one to the final review. Pretty sure the last two will score high, but maybe not this high.
* To score this well, you must use WooCommerce, which is a prerequisite, and also Subscriptions.