WP eMember Plugin Features

Below is a list of the main features of the WP eMember Plugin:

Content Protection

  • Ability to selectively protect the posts, pages, categories and comments
  • Selectively protect full or section of a post or page.
  • Ability to set protection settings for posts and pages in bulk from eMember’s dashboard or set the protection of a particular WordPress post or page while editing/creating it in the editor
  • Ability to protect a section of a post or page for a specific member or for a membership level
  • Teaser content – Ability to use “more” tag protection to create teaser content
  • Secure RSS feeds – Secure RSS feeds allow your members to view their membership material in their RSS reader
  • Login restriction by IP Address – If the number of login attempts from different IP addresses exceed the specified limit then the member’s account will be locked
  • Ability to disable simultaneous member login using the same member account details (two users cannot log-in to the same account at the same time). Helpful when you want to prevent member login sharing
  • Domain Level/Sitewide Lockdown – ability to restrict anonymous visitor access to your site at a domain level (the site won’t even load unless the visitor logs in as a member). The only page the visitor will be able to access on the site when not logged in is the “Join Us” page.
  • Ability to use download folder protection option (users will need to provider their login credentials to download any file from the protected folder)
  • Google First Click Free (GFCF) – eMember lets you use Google First Click Free feature so your protected content can be indexed by Google search if you want (view full details).
  • You can make it to where only your members can comment on the site but everyone else can see the comments.

Membership Options

  • Unlimited membership levels – Your membership site can have as many “levels” as you need
  • Unlimited members. You can have an unlimited number of members with the eMember plugin
  • Multi-level access option – Give your members access to multiple levels within your membership site.
  • Flexible membership options- eMember gives you the flexibility to create different types of membership levels. Example, free, trial, and paid memberships
  • A member can buy multiple membership levels. In this scenerio the member will be able to access content from all the different membership levels that he/she purchased.
  • Subscription length control. You can control the length of each member’s access to your membership site.  A membership will automatically expire when the set time has been reached (e.g. 7 days, 1 month, 1 year etc)
  • One time payment membership option – if you do not want to offer a subscription based membership then you can use the one time payment option (example, a once off payment of $49.95 for a full year membership)
  • Ability to configure membership level expiry using a few different options. For example, expire after XX number of days or expire on a fixed date or expire when subscription is cancelled etc.
  • Auto Upgrade – You can setup scheduled upgrade of member’s membership level (e.g a member of silver membership will be automatically upgraded to gold membership after 1 month). This model can be used to drip content or deliver course materials to students in a timely fashion
  • Ability to manually approve members after they register. Members will not be able to log in until you manually approve their account
  • There is also an option to send members an email when you approved their accounts.
  • Ability to schedule automatic renewal email notice to the members before their membership account gets expired
  • Ability to bulk send emails to your members

Setup and Design

  • Simple installation with new and existing WordPress blog – Turn your existing or new WordPress blog into a membership site by simply installing the WP eMember and configuring a few basic settings.
  • Fully automated membership system.
  • Source code is non-encrypted – If you are a developer and would like to make customizations for your install then you are welcome to do so.
  • Ability to customize what fields show up on the registration and edit profile forms
  • Easy member management. You can easily view your members, their registration status, membership level etc.
  • Bookmarking feature – your members can bookmark their favourite posts and pages then view their bookmarks later.
  • Login redirection – Control the first page your members view when they login. You can specify a different redirection page for each membership level. This is very useful for adding welcome messages, information for that membership level, updates, news and events etc.
  • Membership login can be placed in a post, page, or sidebar.
  • Ability to show your member profiles to other users of the site.
  • Ability to display various details of the logged in member using shortcodes.
  • You can save hidden admin notes for each member that is only visible to admin of the site.
  • Ability to configure auto “account expiry” reminder notification email.
  • It can automatically send emails to your members whose accounts are about to expire.
  • It can automatically send emails to your members whose accounts have expired.
  • Compatible with the current version of WordPress.
  • Lightweight – WP eMember is a lightweight and easy to use membership plugin.
  • WP eMember is compatible with all properly coded (valid xHTML code) themes.
  • Ability to display a list of all the membership level(s) that belong to a user (very handy if you use the multiple membership levels per user feature).
  • Shortcodes to display your members list to other users.

Admin Dashboard

  • You can set which user roles can access the admin dashboard side of eMember. The user with “admin” permission can access the admin dashboard by default.
  • The members menu shows you all the members who have signed up.
  • You can quickly view a list of all members or just your active members.
  • You can filter the list by membership level and search member records from this interface.
  • Ability to edit any member’s information by clicking the “edit” link.
  • Ability to manually add member data via the “Add Member” interface.
  • You can generate a comma separated email list of your members (for email marketing purpose)
  • The members interface also lets you manage user blacklisting.
  • The membership level interface lets you configure membership levels and allows you to apply content protection for each levels you have.
  • There is an Admin Functions interface that has various little utility type functionality. These functionalities can be handy when running a big membership site.
  • The settings interface lets you enabled/disable various features of the plugin.

Member Login Related

  • Ability to place the member login widget anywhere on your site
  • Ability to use a compact login option (view more details)
  • Ability to use a Fancy login option (a login window pops up when the login link is clicked). There are two different fancy login options for you to choose from
  • Ability to setup an after login redirection page (this allows you to set the first page your members see when they login). You can also customize this on a per membership level basis so that members from different membership levels can have different after login landing page
  • Option to automatically log your member into the site right after the registration
  • Ability to force your members to re-authenticate after XX minutes of browsing. When you enable this feature the members will get logged out after XX minutes from their sign in time and they will need to re-login
  • User login restriction by IP address
  • Disable simultaneous user/member login
  • WordPress shows an admin toolbar at the top of the site to the users that are logged in (this can be confusing for some members). Our plugin has an option to hide that admin toolbar in the front-end of your site.

Member Registration Form

  • Ability to customize what fields are included in the member registration form
  • Ability to add custom registration fields to the member registration form (view more details)
  • Real time registration form field validation
  • Single registration form for all types of membership to help you keep a clean and simple setup.
  • Ability to show a terms and conditions checkbox in the registration form. Users have to agree to your terms before they can become a member.
  • Ability to setup an automatic after registration redirection (can be used to redirect the user to a specific page just after they complete the registration)

Integration Option

  • Pre-integrated with the WP eStore plugin. This allows you to accept membership payment via any payment gateway supported by eStore. You can also display a member’s purchase history when they make purchases using eStore.
  • Simple PayPal button integration. You can use the eMember with a simple PayPal button for one time payments and recurring payments
  • ClickBank Integration.
  • Integrates easily with BBPress 2.0+ forum plugin. View details here.
  • Can be integrated with AWeber, MailChimp, GetResponse to automatically sign up the members to your Autoresponder list when they register for a member account
  • Can be integrated with the MailPoet Newsletter plugin to signup your members to that plugin’s list.
  • Can be integrated with WooCommerce so you can sell membership access via WooCommerce products.
  • Can be integrated with any plugin that uses WordPress user role/capability feature. View detail here.


  • Free technical support – please see our support options here
  • Free lifetime plugin updates

Check the following video for a feature tour of WP eMember:

Visit the WP eMember (WordPress Membership) plugin page.


  1. admin says:

    @David, Yes there is a feature to do that in the plugin (When enabled, all your members will automatically become an affiliate).

  2. David Kreis says:

    I would like to use your WP eMember with your WP Affiliate platform plugin. I want the visitor who register on my website and became a member was immediately assigned his affiliate link, without having to register separately to affiliate program. Is there any way to do this?
    Thanks for your reply,

  3. admin says:

    @Kim, yeah the members can log into the site using their username or email address. Simply activate the following addon for it:

  4. Kim says:

    Can users login in with email address as well as username? I so, how are existing members managed? Thanks.

  5. admin says:

    @Mel, Yes we have a few functions that will help you do what you are after. Check the following documentation:

  6. Mel says:

    Do we have a php conditional statement for template..

    if logged in..
    Perform this.
    If not logged in
    This will perform..

    We bought emember plugin but I cannot found this option..

  7. admin says:

    @Alex, You can use a WordPress compatible forum plugin and protect the forum topics if thats what you mean. We recommend the BBPress forum plugin:

  8. Alex says:

    Can you have a forum section within this plugin?

  9. Flo Nelson says:

    @Ivy – thanks for the info!

  10. Ivy says:

    @Flo, Yes the following options applies to free memberships also:

    Manually Approve Member Registration:

  11. Flo Nelson says:

    I know there’s a setting to require approval before content is shown to a registrant. Does this work with free registration as well? This is a crucial factor for a site I’m going to develop.

  12. Ivy says:

    @Jamie, The eMember has the following options.

    Subscription Duration

      Expire After an Interval
      No Expiry or Until Cancelled
      Expire After a Fixed Date

    When members sign up for this membership level their membership will be active for the duration of the subscription period unless they renew it (For example: by making another payment)

    There is also the following option that may also be of help to you:

  13. Jamie says:

    With this plugin are you able to specify a date for the subscription to start, I am looking for a plugin which allows multiple users view the same page/pages but only for a limited time so they can access the content for a period of six weeks but every week a new six weeks starts. So the subscription has a start date and end date is this possible??

  14. Ivy says:

    @Michelle, Please see the following post on this, it should explain more about this feature.


  15. Michelle says:

    Can you explain how this works?
    “A member can buy multiple membership levels. In this scenerio the member will be able to access content from all the different membership levels that he/she purchased.”

    I have several customers that get locked out of their membership if they purchase another one. Is there a way to set it up so they can access two or more memberships with one account?

    These are paid memberships.

  16. Ivy says:

    @Bill, Please see the following post as it will explain how to translate our plugins: http://www.tipsandtricks-hq.com/forum/topic/plugin-language-translation

    Let me know if you have any questions.

  17. Bill says:

    Does this plugin provides translation packages?
    Thanks for your help!

  18. admin says:
  19. Betty says:

    Hello, do you manage some protection to videos as a content? example, you can post a video in one page and you can not see the link, (to protect video and audio and other media stored on Amazon S3)?

    and other question is about your Auto Upgrade system (post; may 2010), where can i read more features about it? or do you have new related features?

  20. Rena says:

    Thanks, Ivy!

  21. Ivy says:

    Hi, Yes this was changed to a multi site license. All of our plugins excluding the PDF Stamper and Extra Payment Gateway Bundle are all multi site licenses. The PDF Stamper and Extra Payment Gateway Bundle are single site licenses.

  22. Rena says:

    On 7.25.2010 Ivy said that eMember was a single site license and that additional licenses would need to be purchased for use on multiple sites. Later, on 11.22.2010, admin said that eMember has a multi-site license by default. Was this a change in policy/usage and multi-site is NOW how it works? Could you please clarify the apparent conflict of terms? Thank you!

  23. Ivy says:

    Hi Myoffices, There is no limit to the number of secondary memberships a member can have.

  24. Myoffices says:

    @Allegra, yes you can configure the plugin to work like that. There is a feature in eMember called “secondary membership”. When you enable this feature every time a member purchases a new membership it goes to his/her profile and that person can access content from all these different memberships that he/she purchased.

    What is the limitiations on the number of accounts that can be sub membership accounts (secondary). I need a solution for a company that will buy memberships for its agents.

  25. admin says:

    MailChimp has been added to the WP eMember plugin a while back.

  26. Hi,

    you says: “The MailChimp integration has not be added yet but we do plan to add this shortly.”

    And now ?

    We have mailchimp and the rest of all great products :-)

  27. Mark says:


    I was wondering if MailChimp has been integrated as of yet?



  28. admin says:

    @Allegra, yes you can configure the plugin to work like that. There is a feature in eMember called “secondary membership”. When you enable this feature every time a member purchases a new membership it goes to his/her profile and that person can access content from all these different memberships that he/she purchased.

  29. I just want to confirm something. Can a user have multiple memberships? If they purchase 3 different memberships at my site, when they log in do they see all their purchases under one login?

    Thanks in advance,

  30. rita abraham says:

    Excellent, Thanks for nice posting and i bookmarked it.

  31. admin says:

    @Dan, You can control which comment can be seen by which membership level. To control the submission of comment you just check the “Users must be registered and logged in to comment” field from the “Discussion” settings menu of WordPress.

  32. Dan says:

    Is there a way to limit the ability to read and submission of comment to members only?

  33. Danny says:

    Excellent!! Thanks @admin

  34. admin says:

    @Danny, eMember has a multi-site license by default.

  35. admin says:

    @Tuhin, There is an option in eMember that you can use to tell eMember to use the wordpress user/roles.

  36. Danny says:

    Thanks admin, I had a look at those examples, and they fit perfectly to my blog site idea.

    Once you purchase the membership plugin, is this a license free or 1 licence per blog site?


  37. Tuhin Iman says:

    Does emember use the wordpress user/roles database tables or does it create new one?

  38. admin says:

    @Danny, yes you should be able to achieve that with this membership plugin. This page has a few different membership signup scenerio that you can read for more explanation:


  39. Danny says:

    Hi there

    I am looking for a membership plugin to use for the following:
    1. I want my users to sign up first (fill in a registration form)
    2. They will receive an email for activation and then redirect them to a page with the restricted content for them to fill in a form to submit.
    3. I will then receive an email with all their info from the submitted form.

    Will this plugin help me achieve my goal?

    Thanks in advance
    CHEERS :)

  40. admin says:

    Yes, you can export your members data to a CSV file from the “Members List” tab (use the “Export All Member info” option).

  41. Hi there,

    is there any chance to export memberdata into CSV files? I know it´s possible to display the members email adresses but I would need Names, email etc. in a more structured way.

    Any chance?

  42. Ivy says:

    @Jaky, We have many clients that use our plugins on WordPress MS but we have not personally done much testing on WordPress MS. What I know of this options is that each subdomain works like a stand alone site but you can control all the sites from one Admin. So if this is the case then the member would need to be registered on each site. Again I could be wrong about how the MS works as I have not personally used it.

  43. jaky says:

    @Ivy I have not buy yet the wp-emember, i got interest because one of my friend is using that.

    so i want to ask the posibility.

    what i want to happen is on my website, i have a registration form and i want people to register w/ wp-emember and wpmultisite the same time.

    is that posible? what do i need to do to make that happen.

  44. Ivy says:

    Hi, Does the sub domains share the WordPress Database? Are you using the Create WordPress user option in eMember?

  45. jaky says:

    @Ivy so it is working.. here are other few questions

    how about if they register on the wp-emember do they need to register on the subdomain of the multisite or it is automatically registered also in the subdomain features?

  46. Ivy says:

    Hi Jaky, Yes all of our plugins work with WordPress MS.

  47. jaky says:

    Is the wp-emember possible to be used in wordpress multisite?

    What I want to happen is when someone register on wp-emember automatically they are also create blog site from the wordpress multisite.

  48. Ivy says:

    Hi, I believe the following forum post is what you are looking for:


    Let me know if this is not what you needed.

  49. Janos says:

    I couldn’t find a word about localization. Is there any .pot or .po file available?


  50. Ivy says:

    Hi Luke, This should work as you specify where you want the login widget. I have not personally had any experience with this theme but it should be fine.

  51. luke says:

    Will this work on the furniture store wordpress theme? This theme already has a customer login feature but I have deactivated it because it does not suit my needs


  52. Ivy says:

    Hi Jamie,

    1. Yes there is “PayPal Plain Button Integration” You can read more about this here:


    2. The MailChimp integration has not be added yet but we do plan to add this shortly. The time frame is unknown at this time as our to do list is always changing.

  53. Jamie says:

    Two questions, can this work with mailchimp email platform and can it work with PayPal integration?


  54. Ivy says:

    @Noche, There is an option called “WordPress Integration Options” in the settings menu of the plugin. This will make it so every eMember also becomes a WordPress user. Please let me know if this is not what you are looking for.

  55. Noche says:

    I have a question after all. Lets say a member wants to leave a comment, he/she is already logged in. The comment box will still ask for his/her name and email. Is there a way that members can become Users in WordPress? this would be the only way for them to leave a comment as someone who is already logged in.

    I know I can do the opposite, I can convert the WP users into members, but, how about the other way?


  56. Ivy says:

    Hi, The eMember is a single site license so you would need a copy for each site you wanted to use this on. Please contact us about a multi site license.

    Please use the contact form here:

  57. Casey says:

    Can I use the plug-in on multiple websites or do I have to purchase another copy for each site?

  58. Drew says:

    Thanks for your quick response. :)

  59. admin says:

    Hi Drew, it can work with any theme that has been coded properly. The directorypress theme looks like a decent theme so there should be no issue.

  60. Drew says:

    Can this plugin work with the directorypress theme?

  61. admin says:

    Hi Kelly, how the page or post looks is controlled by your WordPress theme. Some themes let you have a post or page without the sidebar. even if your theme do not have this feature you can easily incorporate it using WordPress’s custom page template. This post will explain it more for you:


  62. With this plugin, is there a way to NOT show everything that is normally on a blog page or post, like all the stuff in the sidebar, the ad at the top of the page, etc.? I want my class content to be free of all the distractions that are on my normal blog post or pages. Also, I’d like different tabs in my navbar at the top for my class content pages, not the same as on my blog.

    To do all this, will I have to do a whole separate WP installation??


  63. admin says:

    Hi Noche, I think I understand what you need.

    The following shortcode allows you to place a registration form for a particular membership level which will come in handy for your case. For example, the following shortcode will add a registration form for membership level 6:

    [wp_eMember_registration_form_for level=6]

    Anyone who signs up using this form will be placed in the membership level 6. Now you can place as many registration forms as you want for all of your different memberships. Then send the link to the correct registration form to the appropriate group.

    Make sure to use it carefully as you do not want to have one of these lying around for a paid membership level :)

  64. Noche says:

    What I meant was, we have already over a thousand members already, we are using the pwd protected post method and we are trying to get them into different membership levels. I was thinking, sending group A a link for membership A, group B a different link for membership B, and so forth, this way each member will sign up themselves and we won’t have to manually enter 1000+ names. Is this possible?

  65. admin says:

    You don’t need to send them a link for signing up. If you are manually setting the account up from the dashboard then after you create the account they will recieve a “Registration Complete” email that will contain their account details. You will need to check this “Send Email to Member When Added via Admin Dashboard” option from the email settings menu.

  66. Noche says:

    My website will process payments in a different way. so far we have 3 levels, free, silver, gold. Since the flow will change, meaning they pay me directly according to the level, I will have to manually create a user/pwd for them. My question, is there a way to send them a link for them to sign up themselves, maybe 3 diff links according to the levels they paid for?

  67. admin says:

    @WVW, it looks like the database tables didn’t get created activation time which kind of indicates that there was an error that happened when you activated the plugin. Did you notice any error while activating the plugin? Can you please try reactivating them?

  68. WVW says:

    I just purchased the emember and estore and I keep getting this when I try to add a membership level and product.

    (Membership Level “free” couldn’t be created due to error.)

    And when I add product it says its added but it does not show up..

    I am trying to get emember to work with estore….


    Let me know how I can fix this?

  69. MD says:

    Thanks for answering my question so fast. I will be purchasing WP emember now! I could kick myself for not buying it together with WP estore ( a few months ago I was thinking of purchasing both but only purchased WP estore). Oh well off to PayPal! :)

  70. admin says:

    Yeah, pretty simple… you just protect the download button using the section protection method of eMember:


    Now, anyone can view the post or page content but only members will be able to see the “Download” button within the article that you have protected using the section protection.

  71. MD says:


    I was wondering how I could incorporate WP estore with WP emember. What I want to do is this:

    – I want all the posts/articles to be accessible to the public, but only members can download the product that’s within the article. Is that possible?


  72. admin says:

    @Jim, yeah.. all you have to do is create a subscription button using PayPal or use the WP eStore plugin to process the payment.

  73. Jim Kibler says:

    Does this membership plugin allow people to have a 7 or 14 day trial membership and then automatically begins to charge them on a monthly basis?

  74. admin says:

    Nope, it doesn’t have the drip content in the same sense the Autoresponder service providers use whereby you specify an email to be sent out on day 20.

    The Auto Upgrade is more suitable for an online course/class whereby the member gets promoted through the membership levels (giving access to more content in the process) based on the membership lengh.

    A typical use case would be…

    You have 3 membership levels:
    1) Beginner
    2) Intermediate
    3) Advanced

    You have configured it so a member gets promoted to “Intermediate” level after being a “Beginner” member for 30 days. A member gets promoted to the “Advanced” level after being a member of the “Intermediate” level for 14 days.

    Now, when a visitor signs up as a beginner member he/she will automatically be promoted to “Intermediate” level after being a member for a month which will allow the member to see all the “Intermediate” course content and so on.

  75. Bill says:

    I looked at the Auto Upgrade section but I’m wondering if I can do the following – Let’s say I have a Gold Member who has access to 5 posts and I want to add 5 more posts so that they drip out to him at certain intervals – day 2o ,day 25, etc. Can I do this type of sequential drip without changing the member from one membership level to the next? Thank you.

  76. admin says:

    WP eMember does the drip content using the “Auto Upgrade” feature. Auto upgrade allows you to shcedule an auto upgrade of a member’s membership level after a configured amount of time thus making more content available to the member. Please see the “Auto Upgrade” section in this post to learn more.

  77. Do this plugins provide drip content function? So that the new member will not get all the contents if he join few months later.. If no, do you plan to have this in future? I am interested to get this wp emember to work with wp affiliate and wp estore that I already bought.

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