WishList Member is a plug-in that allows you to add a membership area to your blog or WordPress-based website.
The plug-in, which can be licensed for single or multiple sites, protects certain parts of the site to prevent users that do not have the required level of access from reading them.
This can be used in several ways, not just for the “classical” membership site where users pay a monthly fee. It can also be used as an on-line store, by putting products, eg. e-books, into their own membership levels. Rather than receive a simple download link by e-mail, buyers get access to the part of the site where the download resides.
It can also be used for list-building, by putting free downloads into a level. The users sign up for the site to receive the download and become members in the process, making it easier for them to sign up for other products or level later.
However it is important to know that WishList Member only provides the protection and user management parts of the system. You still need a payment method and possibly a mailing list system. If you are setting up your first ever membership site, then this can seem a bit daunting, because you have to get everything working together. But if you already have one or two of those in place, then it’s great that you only have to integrate them into your new membership site.
WishList Member has integration options for PayPal, 1ShoppingCart, ClickBank, Infusionsoft, AWeber, MailChimp, GetResponse and a few others as well. And unlike some membership systems these integrations are already part of the main package.
On the WordPress side, there are no special requirements on the part of the WordPress theme, although you will have to set up some pages within your site for some of the functions, such as a page for users who try to read a post that they don’t have access to.