WishList Member Alternatives
Wishlist Member based websites have a variety of options that will benefit your business especially if you maintain a drip delivered product or paid community, but the cost can be a bit daunting, especially if you’re just starting out. It’s important for you to know that there are free membership site alternatives and plugins that will work well for your needs.
WordPress is the standard platform for most Wishlist Member sites, whether they are paid or free. Within the various options you’ll find extensibility, flexibility, ease of use and various sets of features available for your use. Below are some free Wishlist alternatives and plugins that may benefit your company.
Memberwing is quite a good plugin, but it can be less intuitive than some of the paid alternatives. The free version will cover everything except payment integration. It’s a worthy tool if you’re just trying to protect content without incurring charges for it.
bbPress is made available from the WordPress creators, so you know it will be easy to use. It’s a forum type software, but with a bit of a twist. You can use bbPress to set up discussion forums within your site that is powered by WordPress.
BuddyPress was first developed in 2008, and it was released in 2009. It has certainly grown since that time, and has morphed into a more robust package. It’s dynamic and easy to extend in whatever way you might need.
Similar to WordPress, BuddyPress is an endeavor that is open sourced. Each aspect from its core code to themes, documentation and extensions for plugins were all built by the community of BuddyPress. The project benefits from anyone within it contributing knowledge, time and skill.
BuddyPress has many uses, including internal company communications, social networks for college campuses, a network focused on new products or a niche-based social network.
BuddyPress has many features that work right off the bat for your company. If you don’t wish to use them all, you can turn off any features you won’t be using by simply clicking a button. The theme will adapt to your choice of features to use and omit, by showing only those buttons, pages and menu items that you enabled.
The BuddyPress site was built on WordPress, and you can register to become a contributing member of their community. You can ask any questions you might have in their forum, and build a personal or company profile, allowing other BuddyPress contributors and developers to stay in contact. WordPress has become an integral part of web-based business, since it is used for many more purposes now than simply creating blogs.
BuddyPress plugins can display on your main page (or other pages) a structured category list, which you can customize for your own purposes. Plugins will also allow various authors to write and publish their articles without having access to the administration interface.
Some alternatives to Wishlist are paid plugins, that still offer excellent options for your company.
OptimizePress is an awesome, flexible WordPress plugin that allows you to not only host your membership site but also run your entire front-end sales process. From BEAUTIFUL squeeze page templates (that can be split-tested), sales letters, one-time offer pages (for upsells), blog capability, auto responder integration and the ability to ‘evergreen’ your entire launch process.
OptimizePress is literally plug and play – you can seamlessly sell and deliver your content automatically! Best of all, it’s only $97 which a pretty awesome deal considering all the functions and features the plugin allows you to have.
Magic Members has excellent customer support and a money back satisfaction guarantee. Users have found that it is much easier to configure on their own without help from WordPress developers, which would otherwise add extra cost to the process. Magic Members has Pay Per Post access, integrations for autoresponders, a variety of membership levels and custom widgets. Magic Members runs $97 for a 1-site license.
DAP or Digital Access Pass is a flexible membership solution for WordPress backed by passionate developers and a strong community. The feature set is rich, and it has great flexibility and power. It offers users content dripping capabilities, an affiliates management module and a robust email module. It’s not an actual WordPress plugin, though, although it can be operated from your WordPress dashboard. DAP is a little more pricey at $167 for a 1-site license.
WordPress Emember can power heavy membership sites with the size of a lightweight plugin. It is fairly basic in nature, but you can integrate it with other various products that will extend your functionality, allowing you to stream videos, protect your downloadable files and manage affiliates. Emember runs $49.95 for a lifetime license.
Anyways, hope this helps – I’ll be writing a more in-depth review as I continue to check out more free and paid WishList Alternatives.