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: May 11, 2021

Latest News: Updated the documentation.


Simple Membership plugin is a simple yet powerful membership plugin. There are few settings to configure to set up the plugin before you begin. 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 4.0.5 Changelog

  • Added a new filter hook to allow overriding of the display_name field when adding a member via the admin interface.
  • Added a new filter hook to allow overriding of the account status value when a subscription renewal payment comes in. The filter name is: swpm_account_status_for_subscription_start_date_update
  • Added slovenian language translation file to the plugin.
  • The {membership_level_name} email merge tag will now work for the “Notify User” feature that can be used when editing a member’s profile (from the admin dashboard).
  • Updated the Dutch translation file.
  • Fixed the positioning of the validation result message for the username field in the “Add New Member” interface.

To Do List:

  • 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.
  • 1) A visual password strength indicator under the Password field, 2) Messages about the Login status being displayed above the Login form and with a background color, 3) The possibility to set up a certain number of login attempts and when a user hits this number, he can’t login again for a period of time? The developers have added this to the to do list. Check the following forum post to learn more.
  • Can I use your plugin with braintree subscription? Not yet, we have this in “to do” list. Check the following forum post to learn more.
  • I would like to include on the member’s page or dashboard a shortcode that displays their transaction. I mean, their membership payments. Is that possible? Not yet, this has been added in the to do list. Check the following forum post to learn more.
  • Is there a way to review members login history, either by a nice looking report within the SWMP system or simply inspecting a log? This will be implemented in the future. Check the following forum post to learn more.
  • How can we include a members ‘expiry date’ on the members list page in the backend? This will be implemented in the future. Check the following forum post to learn more.

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.


What You Need:

Read First

Before you go ahead and read my tutorials below, I recommend reading through the following documentation first.

Read First

Simple Membership Plugin Tutorial List:

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


Note: You might be interested in the following link Simple Membership VS eMember WP Plugins.

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 updates.

If you have any questions please let me know.


I have been working in IT since 1999 and I enjoy the challenges it brings me. I love developing websites with WordPress. I spend a lot of time helping out in wordpress.org forums. I have been writing tutorials since 2011. Now I am learning how to manage my own VPS "Virtual Private Server.
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