April 23, 2019

How To Make A Membership Website With WordPress

By now, you probably know that WordPress is a powerful CMS that can be used to create any type of website. This includes membership sites which are becoming increasingly popular. They allow you to make money by allowing your visitors and readers to sign up for paid content, features or community. As such, membership sites are a great way to create a recurring income stream.
Thanks to tools like WordPress and numerous WordPress plugins, you can easily create a membership site or add membership functionality onto your existing website. In this tutorial, I am taking you behind the scenes to show you how to use Ultimate Membership Pro plugin to create a membership website with WordPress. I’ll also cover the plugin’s features and pricing.

What Does Ultimate Membership Pro Offer

Ultimate Membership Pro Plugin
The Ultimate Membership Pro plugin is a premium plugin that makes it easy to create a membership site with WordPress. It’s one of the most popular membership plugins for WordPress with more than 16,000 sales and 5-star ratings. It works with any WordPress theme and integrates with several popular plugins such as WooCommerce and BuddyPress. It also supports several popular payment gateways and has numerous addons that allow you to take your membership website to another level. Let’s take a look at the most important features below.

Membership Levels

The most important feature that the Ultimate Membership Pro offers are different membership levels. You can create free and paid membership levels as well as allow your members to sign up for a free trial of your membership. You can create as many different membership levels as you need so you can offer different features for each membership level. Membership levels can be set as a one-time payment or as a recurring monthly subscription.
Membership Levels with Ultimate Membership Pro Plugin
Another interesting feature when it comes to membership levels is the ability to drip out content which is handy if you want to offer courses to your members. You can also use content locking features to show a teaser of the content on the public-facing side of your website as a way of getting your readers interested in the membership option.

Member Profiles

Another important part of any membership website are member profiles. Luckily, the Ultimate Membership Pro plugin comes with all the necessary features that allow your members to create a beautiful profile. They can upload their profile photo and share information about themselves as well as control their membership plan. They can also see their entire transaction history as well as any gift codes that they have received or given to someone else.
What’s more, thanks to BuddyPress integration, you can list your members in a searchable member directory. Other members can find users based on specific criteria such as their gender, age, interests, and more.
Member Directory
Finally, they can easily access the help and support section if they need guidance or help with the content or features of your membership site.


The Ultimate Membership Pro plugin comes with several handy integrations. For starters, the plugin integrates with popular social media networks so you can easily enable social media login and allow your members to sign up and login using their existing social media accounts.
The plugin also integrates with popular email marketing providers such as MailChimp, Aweber, ActiveCampaign, ConstantContact, and others. This means you can easily add your members to your email list and continue nurturing them or invite them back to your website to check out new content inside their membership.
As mentioned earlier, the Ultimate Membership Pro plugin integrates with WooCommerce and BuddyPress as well as plugins like WP Social Login, myCRED for reward points, and Pushover notifications so your members can get instant notifications on their smartphone about new activity.

Payment Methods

When it comes to payment methods, the Ultimate Membership Pro plugin doesn’t disappoint. It integrates with PayPal and Stripe as well as Braintree, 2Checkout, Authorize.net, and more. As you can see, there is no shortage of options when it comes to being able to accept payments from your members.
You can also generate invoices and even set a subscription delay for different membership levels.

Addons and Extras

Lastly, let’s take a look at the available addons and extras that come with the Ultimate Membership Pro plugin. For starters, the plugin has a handy feature that allows you to monitor downloads from your website. This is useful if you offer downloadable materials to your members as you can see which downloads are the most popular ones. You can then better tailor the content to their interests.
Another standout feature is the ability to create printed membership cards for your members. This is a great way to make your members feel special. You can design different membership cards for different membership levels.
Ultimate Membership Pro plugin also integrates with Visual Composer and Elementor page builder which makes it easy to design pages for your membership site.
Other notable addons include the ability to generate invitation codes, detailed user reports, multisite subscriptions, URL redirects and locking, and more.


It’s worth mentioning that the plugin also includes a number of premade templates for pages such as the login and registration pages. However, you can easily create your own page templates with a page builder like Elementor and use shortcodes to display registration and login forms as well as pricing tables.


The Ultimate Membership Pro plugin is available from CodeCanyon for $49. This includes 6 months of support from the plugin author and future updates. You can also extend the duration of the support to 12 months for an additional one-time payment of $16.50.

Video Tutorial: How to Make a Membership Website With WordPress

Now that we’ve covered all the important features of the Ultimate Membership Pro plugin, it’s time to see it in action. Below, you will find a detailed walkthrough and tutorial that shows you how to setup your membership site using this plugin. For the purposes of this tutorial, I will be using the free Astra theme and an easy to use and free page build plugin, Elementor. I will also walk you through all the necessary steps; from choosing a hosting plan to creating your hosting account, installing WordPress, setting up the theme and the plugin as well as creating various membership levels.

Final Thoughts

Creating a membership site in WordPress is a great way to create a recurring income for your business. With the right tools, you can easily create it yourself without any coding knowledge. Use this post to learn how to use Ultimate Membership Pro plugin and create a powerful and engaging membership site with WordPress.

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