Membership - just use it to limit stranger access

Yeesh, had some real heartache configuring Membership. I think it was clashing with several plugins (most of which I would need working). The problems included a break in the activation emails, then an infinite loop scenario.

However, what was working perfectly was the restriction to strangers. I could specify which pages they should and shouldn't see and all was hunky dory. So any ideas how I can set it up so that this is the only part I actually use?

Alternatively, any ideas about how to go about restricting the content on a per page basis? Thanks!