difference between protected content and membership plugins


Between membership and protected content? which plugin has more features? Also, do both work with the latest version of buddypress?


  • Predrag Dubajic
    • Support

    Hey Corn,

    Hope you’re well today :slight_smile:

    Michelle gave a nice explanation in another thread, I am quoting from there:

    Here’s my take:

    Protected Content Pros

    1. Easy to use and set up. (Without reading the manual, I was able to set up Protected Content on my site in a fraction of the time it took me to set up Membership.)

    2. Better control over different types of content, like custom post types, BuddyPress, bbPress, and more.

    3. Very intuitive UI, leading to a smoother user experience on both the admin and member sides.

    4. No more remote pings, which are kind of a nightmare, to integrate with MailChimp

    Protect Content Cons

    1. Not quite as robust as Membership, specifically when it comes to negative v. positive rules.

    2. Harder to manage the visitor experience.

    3. Currently, it’s not possible to import your Membership subscriptions directly to Protected Content, so that would involve some additional set up for your already enrolled members with active subscriptions.

    Membership Pros

    1. Can do more complex content protection, when a simple option isn’t robust enough.

    2. Easier to control the experience for non-logged in users, for example with Membership you can set things so only visitors can see them.

    Membership Cons

    1. Takes a while to fully understand how it works.

    2. Set up can be complex and time consuming.

    3. It’s possible to lock yourself out of your site.

    4. While we’re still planning on supporting Membership for at least another year, there’s a chance it may be retired and replaced with Protected Content after that year.

    Both plugins will take ongoing work as your site content changes, but here Protected Content wins for being simpler to manage than Membership.

    We’re still actively developing Membership alongside Protected Content, so there will still be features added and bugs fixed for the foreseeable future.

    As for the last question, both plugins are compatible with BuddyPress and updated for version 2.1.1

    Hope this helps.

    Best regards,


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