WordPress Simple Membership Plugin


WordPress Simple Membership Plugin shows you how to easily create a membership website and add various membership levels using this plugin.

Last Updated: September 30, 2019

Latest News: I update the information below.


Simple Membership plugin is a simple powerful membership plugin. There are few settings to configure and set up the plugin. The developers keep adding more features from time to time. There are free and paid add-ons you can use to add more usability and functionality to the plugin.

The developers keep adding more free and paid add-ons from the request made by users. This is an advantage for the user.

This plugin will keep on growing but the main focus will be to keep it simple for users. It also has a great support staff available who are constantly answering the questions asked in the forum.

WordPress Simple Membership Plugin

The following list of tutorials will guide you and help you set up your membership site. There is also a troubleshooting post to help you with some of the issues you might run into.

Simple Membership 3.9.1 Changelog

  • Fixed excessive debug log output in the log file when the New SCA compatible Stripe subscription button is used.
  • Stripe library is only loaded if another plugin hasn’t loaded it already.

To Do List:

  • Add HTML email option. See the following forum post.
  • Create a discount coupon addon. See the following forum post.
  • The developers are planning to add an option that allows you to unsubscribe the members from the MailChimp and Aweber list if they unsubscribe from the site and they wish to be removed from the mailing list.
  • A prompt in the members homepage (visible once logged in), when their membership is about to run out (say 30 days before). This would only be visible until they renewed, then reappear in 30 days time. See the following forum post.
  • Limit Username to one login at a time.  The developers are looking at developing an addon. See the following forum post.
  • Will you allow adding shortcodes into the custom messages? The developers will add this in the future. See the following forum post.
  • Is it possible to add a birthday field in the default member fields? The developers will add this in the future. See the following forum post.

Possible future addon:

  • I was wondering if you have any thoughts of developing an addon that allows one member to belong to different membership levels? = Yes, the developers will add this feature sometime in the future.

Currently Not Supported:

  • Content dripping is not a currently supported feature. See the following forum post.

Note: The following documentation adding-a-terms-and-conditions-and-privacy-policy-to-member-registration-page shows you how to add terms and conditions to your registration page.


What You Need:

Simple Membership Plugin Tutorial List:

  1. Members
  2. Membership Levels
  3. Settings
  4. Payments
  5. Add-ons
  6. Email Settings
  7. Tools
  8. Advanced Settings
  9. Members Login Widget
  10. Join Us Page
  11. Hide Adminbar
  12. MailChimp Integration Setup
  13. After Login Redirect add-on
  14. Form Builder
  15. Custom Message Add-on
  16. Free Level Setup
  17. Shortcode List
  18. Add Members Manually
  19. Make Site Semi Private
  20. Data Exporter Addon
  21. Install Simple Membership Plugin In WordPress Multisites
  22. Show Member Extra Info
  23. WooCommerce Addon Settings
  24. Add BuddyPress Signup Users To Simple Membership Members
  25. Partial Section Protection Addon
  26. Troubleshooting


Q1 GDPR compliance question. Does simple membership plugin store the data of the users or members anywhere else other than on the own WP-System? This is an important part of the new guidelines of the GDPR.

Answer: The members information (that they enter) is stored ONLY in your site’s database. Nothing is ever sent to anywhere else by this plugin.

There are options in the plugin that you can use to make the users accept your terms and conditions and privacy policy before they can signup. You can read more about this question in the following forum post.


Q2 Is there a way to have the <button id> excluded from the customer’s transaction receipt?

Answer: No, you can read more about it from the following forum post.


Q3 Can I use a Social Login plugin to create an account?

Answer: Yes, please check the following URL https://simple-membership-plugin.com/social-login-plugin-simple-membership/ to learn more.

Note: Different people might want different behavior with the above integration process. If you require a customization please submit the contact form and one of the developers will get back to you with a quote.


Q4  For membership expiration date, can we put an hour in that field?

Answer: No, you can read more about it from the following forum post.


Q5  Is it possible to completely hide messages from protected categories for non-members?

Answer: No. WordPress category page (where all the posts from a category is displayed) is not something this plugin controls. Any content of protected posts will be hidden but that listing page will stay as is. In your theme, you should be able to apply a customization that doesn’t list anything if it is one of those special categories (your theme files control the blog post entry listings on the category page).you can read more about it from the following forum post.


Note: You might be interested in checking the following URL Simple Membership Plugin Comparison Check With eMember. This will help you determine which plug is best suited for you.

I will be adding more information and more tutorials in the future. So make sure you bookmark this page and keep coming back for the latest.

If you have any questions please let me know.


Manuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.