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    WP-Members: Membership Framework

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    WP-Members™ is the original membership plugin for WordPress®. Perfect for newsletters, premium content sites, clubs/associations, and more!

    The plugin restricts selected WordPress® content to registered site members. WP-Members™ puts the registration process on the site front end so it is inline with your content rather than the native WP login page. WP-Members™ requires no modifications to your theme while remainging scalable for users who want to customize the look and feel, or want to restrict only some content. It is a great tool for sites offering premium content to subscribers, and is adaptable to a variety of applications.

    Simple to install and configure – yet customizable and scalable!


    • Block posts, pages, both, or none by default
    • Block individual posts/pages
    • User login, registration, and profile integrated into your theme
    • Sidebar login widget
    • Create custom registration and profile fields
    • Set which fields display and which are required
    • Notify admin of new user registrations
    • Hold new registrations for admin approval
    • Setting to automatically create post excerpts
    • More than 100 action and filter hooks for extensibility

    By default, WordPress® allows all content to be “open” and viewable by anyone and allows the site owner to restrict specific content if desired by setting a password for the post. WP-Members™ operates with the reverse assumption. It restricts all posts by default but allows the site owner to “unblock” content as desired. WP-Members™ also offers the ability to change these default plugin settings. For those that simply want to utilize the member management features and possibly restrict some content, the default setting can easily be toggled to block or unblock pages and/or posts by default. No matter what the default setting, individual posts or pages can be set to be blocked or unblocked at the article level, overriding the default setting.

    The plugin installs with additional registration fields including name, address, phone, and email. Using the WP-Members™ admin panel, you can also create your own custom registration fields and delete existing ones. Changing the field order is simple with a drag-and-drop interface. All of the registration process is inline with your theme and content rather than using the WordPress® login page. This offers you a premium content site with a professional and branded look and feel. It also provides an opportunity for the user to register without leaving the page to do so – less clicks = more conversions.

    There are also some special pages that can be created with simple shortcodes:

    • A User Profile page where registered members can edit their information and change/reset their password: [wpmem_profile]
    • A Registration page available for those that need a specific URL for registrations (such as email marketing or banner ad landing pages). Note: this is strictly optional as a registration form can also be included by default on blocked content pages: [wpmem_form register]
    • A Login page. This is also an optional page as the login form is included by default on blocked content. But if you need a specific login page, this can be created with a simple shortcode: [wpmem_form login]
    • And more shortcodes are available!

    The plugin runs on a framework with over 100 action and filter hooks so you can fully customize your implementation.

    In addition to all of the features above, the plugin can be extended with premium add-on modules available from the support site Members of have access to support, examples, tutorials, and code snippets that will help you extend and customize the base plugin using the plugin’s framework. Some of the add-ons have their own hooks and shortcodes to further extend the plugin’s extensibility. Visit the site for more info.

    What the plugin does not do

    WP-Members does not automatically hide absolutely everything from view. The default install of the plugin is designed to use “teaser” content to drive users to want to register. If you want certain content or menu elements completely hidden, there are ways to do that with some customization between your theme and the plugin, but it is not automatic.

    Statement regarding the name WP-Members™

    WP-Members™ is a trademark of

    There are a number of commercial vendors offering products called WP-Members™ or a derivative thereof. Most of these products are neither free, nor are all of them open source. The original plugin hosted here has been publicly available since 2006 and in no way associated with any of these vendors. Tagging your support request in the forums attaches it to this plugin. If you are seeking support for one of these commercial products, you should seek support from the vendor. If you got it from a site other than here then it isn’t WP-Members™.

    An official statement is available here.


    Premium priority support is available at the plugin’s site A site membership includes priority support, members-only forum access, plugin extensions, and a custom code snippet library. is the only site officially managed for this plugin’s support.

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