MemberPress is an impressive tool that allows you to turn your WordPress site into a full-fledged membership site. This premium plugin is an ideal choice for those who want to create a successful online membership business. But is it the right solution for you?

In this article, we will consider the features offered by MemberPress, one of the best WordPress membership plugins. Then, we’ll look at the basics of how to set up this premium plugin and turn your WordPress site into a usable membership site. So let’s get started…

Features of Member News

Member publishing house

Member publishing house is a premium WordPress plugin that works with any WordPress theme. Its main feature is that it allows you to convert your website into a membership website. By hiding content and setting up membership subscriptions, you can charge your visitors to visit your posts and pages.

Easy to set up

MemberPress is intuitive. This makes setup and use quick and easy. Quickly create affiliate programs and subscription forms, integrate with payment gateways of your choice, add signup and login links to your site menus, make attractive comparison tables, and more.

Suitable for beginners and developers

Out of the box, MemberPress is easy to set up and perfect for beginners. However, MemberPress also includes a large number of actions and filters. This makes it a great option for advanced users who want to customize their membership site to their exact specifications.

Affiliate Program

MemberPress gives you complete control over your membership program. Choose a price per membership, add billing preferences, and create a trial period, just to name a few options. Then create rules to hide content and allow certain content to be shown in specific affiliate programs.

Seamless payment gateway integration

MemberPress accepts payments by integrating with all the big ones payment gateway provider. Choose from Paypal Standard, Pro or Express Checkout, Stripe, or Offline Payments. You can also add multiple payment gateways if you wish.

complete documentation

The documentation provided by MemberPress is extensive, combining explanatory text and videos. So if you get stuck, you can quickly find your way back.

Extra features

MemberPress has a range of other impressive features and functions. These include:

  • beautiful pricing table
  • Email integration with all major marketing providers
  • Integration with BuddyPress
  • Content drops
  • coupon
  • Member management
  • analysis report

As you can see, MemberPress offers an impressive list of features. Now, we’ll take a look at how to get started with the MemberPress plugin so you can turn your WordPress site into a successful membership site…

How to Install the MemberPress WordPress Plugin

To get started buying the MemberPress plugin from the MemberPress website. Then, from your MemberPress account, simply download the plugin to your computer.

Get member news

Open your WordPress site and select “Plugins > Add New”.

Add new plugin

Click “Upload Plugin > Choose File” and select the MemberPress plugin from your saved file. Click Install Plugin > Activate. You will now find “MemberPress” added to your WordPress dashboard menu.

Member News Menu

Choose MemberPress > Activate. This will take you to the “Activation Page” where you will need to add your activation key. Then select “Activate License Key”.

Member Press License

Your MemberPress plugin is now installed and activated.

Configure the MemberPress plugin

The next step is to configure your MemberPress plugin. Select “MemberPress > Options” in your WordPress menu. Here, you can configure the plugin to meet the needs of your WordPress membership site.

Options tab

There are many tabs on the Options page. Let’s take a look at some of the most important…


Under “Pages” you can customize your basic member news page. The “Reserved Page” is an essential page and must be set. These include the Thank You page, the Login page, and the Account page.


If you want MemberPress to automatically create pages for you, you can select “Automatically create new pages”. Otherwise, you can design and select your own page to use from the drop-down menu.

page 2

After making the necessary changes, select Update Options.



The Account area allows you to customize your membership information. Here you can choose the options you want for your user account. You can also add a welcome message for members, which will appear at the top of their account page.



The Fields tab allows you to create custom fields for registration forms and account pages. Collect information about your members, including their names, addresses, emails, birthdays, and more.



The Payments tab is where you can add a payment gateway of your choice. As mentioned earlier, MemberPress can integrate with numerous payment providers. Just click the “+” icon and specify the payment gateway you want to add to the membership site.


You can send several types of emails to your members. Select the “Email” tab. Then just choose the email type that suits your WordPress site.


Click Edit to customize each email. Then send a test email to check that each email type is suitable and of high quality. Here you can also choose the type of emails you want your administrator to receive.

Once you’ve configured the Options, you can start setting up the rest of your MemberPress site.

Set up a membership program

Establish Affiliate Program On your website, select “MemberPress > Memberships” from the WordPress menu. Click Add New at the top of the page. Then give your affiliate program a name (here I call it Premium).

Add a new premium member

Under “Membership Terms” on the right side of the page, you can choose the price of your plan, whether it’s a one-time or recurring payment, the option to add a trial period, and more.

Membership Terms

Further down the page, you can customize the Membership Options section. Here you can change the text on the sign up button, add a custom thank you message, set rules for who can access the loyalty program, and more.

Membership Options

Once you’re happy with the settings, publish the membership page. Then log out of your WordPress account to view this page, or open it incognito. You will now see the default membership registration form for the membership program you just created.

registration form

If you want to change your membership page, you can use any page template available in your theme. Simply select the “Custom Page Template” located on the right side of the editor in the membership page you are working on.

After creating your first affiliate program, you can simply click “Add New” to continue adding more. Use the shortcode under Membership Options to add the signup form to any page or publish it on your WordPress site.

Create rules for your affiliate program

After creating the different plans you need for your membership site, you need to make rules for each plan. Setting up rules allows you to hide content from non-subscribers and choose what types of content are available on each plan.

To get started, choose MemberPress > Rules from the WordPress menu. Then select Add New. The Add New Rule page will now be displayed.

new rules

Under “Rule Options”, you can choose what content you want to protect from non-paying members. Here you can hide all content, different posts, pages, content categories or tags, or choose from many other options.

Rule options

You can then grant access to this content to members who have purchased specific plans. Click Save Rules, then create as many rules as needed to suit your different plan types.

Add a registration link to your website’s menu

Once you are done with all the affiliate programs, you should add a sign up link in your website’s menu so your visitors can easily become subscribers.

Select Appearance > Menus in the WordPress menu, or open Customizer > Menus on the front end of your website. Here, you’ll notice that there is now a “Membership” option. Select your plan and click Add to Menu. You can change the Navigation Labels if you wish, then select Save Menu.


Your menu will now show links to your different affiliate programs.

Add a login link to your membership site’s menu

login link

To add a login link to the menu of a membership site, MemberPress recommends downloading a free WordPress plugin BAW login-logout.

log in log out menu

Install this plugin on your WordPress site and open Appearance > Menu. You will now find “Login/Logout Links v1.3.3” added to your menu items. Select Login/Logout, and then select Add to Menu > Save Menu.

log in log out

Click on MemberPress > Options from the WordPress menu. Click the Accounts tab, and under Login and logout, select Force WordPress to use the MemberPress login page.

Force WordPress

This will ensure that WordPress opens the BAW plugin member login page. Members can now log into their account on your website and access their premium content purchases.

Final Thoughts on Member News

This premium plugin offers an (almost) endless list of features, making it ideal for any kind of membership site. In this article, we’ve only covered the basics of getting started with MemberPress. However, by simply following the steps above, you can create an effective membership site that will hide content from non-subscribers, enable visitors to sign up for a membership program, and generate revenue for your WordPress site.

Once you’ve completed the first few stages to set up a membership site, you can create attractive comparison tables, add coupons, track transactions and subscriptions, set up membership programs, monitor analytics, and more. So, if you’re looking to create a successful membership plugin, MemberPress is likely the WordPress plugin for your project.

Does MemberPress sound like the best membership plugin for you? Please share your thoughts in the comments below…