Top 13 Content Protection Plugins for WordPress Membership Websites

Wordpress Content Locking Plugins

Content is what keeps the web alive, day by day hundreds of thousands of individual content pieces make their way into the webs atmosphere, some good, some bad; depending on the intention that the author of the particular content is trying to convey. While many would agree that finding good content is becoming increasingly difficult, what it comes down to is finding one reliable source of content, or an author of content, that delivers the kind of insights and resources that you are looking for.

Sites that protect their content have become much more popular in the recent years, not only because it helps to weed out low quality users, but also because it helps to unite together people who truly share the same ideas and insights about the particular field you are consuming content for. The highly reputable media publisher Inc. has also taken the approach of protecting its content from visitors who haven’t signed in to the service, making the community slightly more exclusive, and in many ways protecting itself against plagiarism and spammers.

And the types of content protection that WordPress offers are in the plenty. We have membership type plugins that help to build a bridge between registered user content, and content for those who haven’t registered. And then we have simple protection plugins that allow you to restrict content for visitors unless they complete an action; liking your Facebook page, or sharing your site on social media and such. Some plugins even offer the ability to lock content for a certain amount of time. Lets take a closer look at the variety of content protection plugins.

MemberPress

WordPress Membership Plugin Membership Software MemberPress

Any blogger and webmaster looking for a reliable membership plugin solution for WordPress, MemberPress has proven itself many times over to be a thought leader when it comes to delivering the kind of platform that can help bloggers create membership sites with exclusive and flexible features. MemberPress offers its users a solid membership platform that integrates features like content control (you decide who can see and browse content), the ability to sell your products and accept direct payments on your website pages, a subscription management module that lets you build multiple levels of subscriptions and build a community that way, even a community forum platform that will help to organize all of your members in one place without the extra hassle of having to configure an external forum platform to work with your membership platform.

WP Courseware

WP Courseware WordPress Learning Management System

When we think content protection, we might think of things like locking our users out, but sometimes it’s the basic understanding that works the best. With WP Courseware, you can easily transform your existing WordPress website into a full-blown online course platform. WP Courseware allows you to easily protect your course content by enabling an online learning platform that offers you to create pages for online courses, quizzes, surveys, member pages, and much more. Appealing modules include things like the ability to automatically generate a course completion certificate for those students who have finished the courses they have enrolled in. It’s a truly flexible courseware platform that will change the way you teach to your members forever.

WooCommerce Memberships

WooCommerce Memberships WooThemes

WooCommerce Memberships is not just another plugin for restricting your site’s content: it’s an easy-to-use, site-wide membership solution that brings your content, shop, and memberships together. You can setup the plugin to allow you to sell individual memberships, or you can enable a module that will let other members of the site (and yourself) to gift memberships to their friends, family and co-workers.

There’s also a very extensive ‘drip’ module, a way to schedule your premium content to be accessible at certain times for a certain group of members. Such a module enables for a lot of creative opportunities in terms of product releases, and product add-ons. You can even setup the plugin to offer premium (exclusive) products to members only, allowing you to create somewhat of a special club out of your online business.

s2Member

s2Member(R) A powerful free membership plugin for WordPress(R)

s2Member stands out with an incredibly extensive list of capabilities and features that you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you’re looking to protect individual posts and pages, or even specific URLs of your site — s2Member can take care of it all for you within a few simple clicks; on top of that, you can even protect certain parts of your content within an actual content post and/or page. s2Member is not just for protecting your content either, the whole platform offers a truly remarkable membership-site solution; easy payment gateway integration and unlimited subscription levels mean that you are in control of how your community grows and which direction it takes.

PaidMembershipsPro

WordPress Membership Plugin Get Paid with Paid Memberships Pro

So far in our roundup of the best protection plugins for WordPress, PaidMembershipsPro is to stand out by being the most lightweight, and perhaps the most easy to use membership / content protection platform so far. With PaidMembershipsPro you can easily add extra features to your WordPress site by enabling several membership levels, and being in full control over how each membership level sees your content and in what way. It comes with an built-in community forum feature, and everything has been optimized for best search engine performance.

UltimateMember

Free Community User Profile WordPress Plugin Ultimate Member

Tens of thousands of WordPress bloggers have found the UltimateMember plugin to be their solution towards creating a membership site with features like content protection, front-end user management, members database and specific features like forms builder, custom field extensions, an ability to send out member specific emails, and of course a fully mobile responsive code base that would ensure the site looks equally good on any device out there, be it table, be it mobile, or be it traditional desktop. Custom extensions like social login, real-time user updates, user-to-user reviews, eCommerce integration and captcha capabilities have been some of the major attractions for webmasters to settle with UltimateMember as their number one choice in membership platforms for WordPress.

EDD Members

EDD Members Foxland

Edd Members is add-on plugin for Easy Digital Downloads. It gives you power to set content private and build membership site in no time. The admin of the site, by using this plugin, can easily enable for any kind of public or private content to become exclusive for a certain type of sites membership. Each post (database entry) can be treated exclusively, so it’s very easy to make twenty different posts private, while making all others publicly accessible for everyone.

Restrict Content Pro

Home Restrict Content Pro

Restrict Content Pro has evolved as a content protection platform, with full dedication towards helping WordPress bloggers to make their content privately accessible to members of the site that have become subscribers. And thanks to the success of this particular plugin — it’s been built by Pippin Williamson, the same guy who built Easy Digital Downloads — the community has enabled for Restrict Content Pro to have an extension (add-on) functionality that supports add-ons like affiliate marketing feature, job submission board, multiple popular email marketing platform integration (MailChimp and Campaign Monitor to name a few), and features like the bbPress forum community.

Simple Membership

WordPress > Simple Membership << WordPress Plugins

Here we are moving into a territory of free content protection plugins that provide easy to use methods for keeping your content private when necessary. The Simple Membership plugin is a lightweight membership plugin that will work with your favorite WordPress themes out of the box, and provide you with cool features like media content protection, an ability to tease your visitors with content snippets to help them become full-on site members, to have all comments left on content protected posts to be protected as well, and a full-fledged membership platform that will let you have full access over the member levels of your site and how they interact with content.

Password Protected

WordPress > Password Protected << WordPress Plugins

In some situations, we don’t need to have a membership platform, all we really need is a way to make sure that our content stays private and only a select few can be able to gain access to it, and with such a thought in mind, the best solution to use would be the Password Protected plugin, a simple WordPress plugin that will let you set up a site-wide password that will be required any time any of the sites pages are being accessed. Certainly a very raw content protection solution!

OnePress Social Locker

WordPress > OnePress Social Locker << WordPress Plugins

Here we are entering in the more modern content lock space, the OnePress plugin offers a social lock feature that will ask of your visitors to share a particular piece of content before it is being displayed to them. This does help to increase your social share count by a significant margin, but there have been stories — in select markets — where people don’t find such ‘tricks’ to be very appealing at all. With Social Locker, you can lock anything in your content and automatically unlock it after a visitor has shared your page. All you need to do is select the part of your content you want to lock, click a button and you’re done! It’s a free pay-to-view content locker, and definitely is worth experiment with to play with traffic and social recognition.

Content Protect by Time Lock

WordPress > Content Protect By Time Lock << WordPress Plugins

Time Lock has built a plugin that will allow you to protect your content from anonymous visitors for a set amount of time, whether it’s one hour, two hours, or two weeks — Time Lock will make sure that the members of your site are first to see the content, so as to enable a more community oriented aspect.

Foruma04 Site Lock

WordPress > Formula04 Site Lock << WordPress Plugins

Foruma04 has built a similar plugin to what OnePress is trying to do with their password protect the site feature, but where as OnePress would password protect the whole site, Foruma04 focuses on password protecting individual pages. You can protect your whole site, but also have the option to whitelist certain pages of the site.

4 thoughts on “Top 13 Content Protection Plugins for WordPress Membership Websites”

  1. Hi, great post. Can I ask one question? If things are hidden can the content be seen via the code. Let me explain, I’m a designer and I want a portfolio site however some work is sensitive. So if I have a private area I can give prospective clients a login, can anyone else see what’s hidden in code view? Hope you can help. Thanks

  2. Hello, I’m not sure what kind of content protection I need and was hoping for some insight? I’m building a surface textile design site and need content protection for the exclusive rights part of my website, where members would need to be vetted to view my designs. I am using other Woo Commerce products on my site but Simple Membership is a lot cheaper. What would you recommend?

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