At some point in time you will, most likely, find yourself in the position where you’d like to take your WordPress site to the next level. That next level can be a transformation to a community site like BuddyPress, but another popular option is a membership site. This is where Magic Members comes in. Magic Members is a WordPress plugin that enables you to have the ability to offer different membership access levels to different areas, such as a download area.
Of course, you can also use this plugin when you start a new site from scratch or as a spin-off of your current site. Really, the sky is the limit. This plugin takes care of everything you can think of regarding a site depending on paid members.
Magic Members comes with a lot of features and when I say a lot, I do mean a lot. The 5 most important features in my opinion are listed below.
- Multiple Membership Levels: This allows you to control access to different levels across your membership site. An option that enables you to be as flexible as you want to be in how you make your content available on different levels throughout the site.
- Flexible Membership Options: Next to the different levels of membership, you can also set different membership billing options with an unlimited amount of subscriptions. You can decide in what time interval you would like to charge, be it daily, weekly, monthly or even annually, you will have complete control in how your members pay for their subscriptions. In addition to that you can also set the subscription length.
- Login Redirection: To further your flexibility you can set which page people are redirected to when they’ve logged in. Something that gives a very professional look and feel to your site.
- Payment Integration Modules: You can setup your membership site with different payment modules such as PayPal, Authorize.net, ClickBank, and WorldPay. A must have option when you want to be as flexible as can be.
- Sequential Course Delivery System: A very powerful feature with which you control what your members see. This feature allows you to create delays (in days) before your members see certain content or articles. It allows you to develop your content and make it available to your members on a weekly or monthly basis.
- More features Like I mentioned, there are a lot more features. You can find them on the feature page for Magic Members.
Setting it up
Setting up Magic Members is as easy as activating any plugin. Once activated you will find an added menu below your WordPress Settings menu. In it you will find a menu with all the different options you need. Magic Members makes use of a dashboard on which you will find different stats like Magic Members Subscription Status, Member Statistics and Purchased Posts. The other menu options are:
- Magic Members
- Content Control
- Pay Per Post
- Payment Options
- Misc. Settings
- Support Docs
Now going through all the different menus and their tabs seems difficult but once you dive into it, it’s not that hard. Take in account that you have an extremely flexible plugin. You will have to go through the settings to unleash its true potential.
Why I like Magic Members
There is a lot to be liked about Magic Members. What I like most about it is that it is a very flexible system with lots of options to choose from. These kinds of plugins only work if they’ve been developed with a keen eye on what the market actually wants, and that seems to be the case with Magic Members.
Room for improvement
However, there is room for improvement. Even though navigating through the menu is pretty self explanatory, I would have liked to see a bit more of a manual kind of thing. Perhaps something like an overview of what your next steps need to be and can be. Yes, there is a solid link to the Support Docs, I still would have like to see something of a path to go by. The other thing I’d personally like to see is when a WordPress plugin acts and looks like it part of WordPress. Something the Gravity Forms plugin (look here for my Gravity Forms review) does perfectly for instance. A matching design does wonders in my opinion.
I’ll cut right to the chase, Magic Members is not a cheap plugin. A single use 1 domain installation costs $ 97 dollars, a 3 users, 3 domains version costs $ 197 and the unlimited version costs $ 297. More information on their pricing you can find here. Steep prices, but on the other hand you do get an extensively flexible membership plugin. I think it depends on the type of products and the expected amount of sales you’re selling whether Magic Members is for you, but if you’re looking for a solid WordPress membership plugin you should give them a try. They do have a 30 day money back guarantee.