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Members only based plugin for WordPress

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment

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Can anyone recommend me a good members-only plugin? I want to hide pages (and their tabs) if users aren’t signed in.

So far I have found:

  • ‘Member Access’ which doesn’t hide the tabs
  • ‘wp-members’ which wouldn’t work with 2.8.4
  • ‘user access manager’ which was too complex clunky to be useful.

There should be something basic out there for what I need, but no luck so far.

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Justin Tadlock is a WordPress heavy (wrote the popular Hybrid theme framework), recently released a comprehensive user management plugin called Members, which among other things can turn your blog into a login-only venue:

Private Blog: Allows you to create a
private blog that can only be accessed
by users that are logged in (redirects
them to the login page).

But I get the impression that you’re looking to keep some part available to the public users and other parts only for registered users.

You can also use this plugin to restrict certain areas of your blog, screenshot example here: based on role

Hiding the tabs from the public user is the challenging part. Themes typically aren’t designed with private portions in mind; you’d have to hack it yourself or get someone to do it for you.

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If are familiar with php and WP structure, you can add a few lines of code to a few template files to redirect users to login page if they are not signed-in. Let me know if you want to go that way. I can try to provide sample code. Are you using one of the basic themes?

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I have a plugin called “LJ Custom Menu Links” that can do what you are asking. However as the name suggests they are custom links, so you would have to hand add the pages you want. But it does/and can only show a link when a user is logged on if that is what you want. Combined with “pagemash” plugin which will hide pages from the menu generated by WP itself leaving only the pages linked to by the LJ Custom Menu Links plugin.

However I was under the impression if you made a Page private then it wouldn’t show up unless someone was logged in, or am I wrong on that one?

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A good option is to use three difference plugins:

Member Access
Register Plus
AJAX Login Widget++

You can find my post on all these here:

http://sbhosting.com/wordpress-member-area/

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Try CMS Members

I know it hide some pages for non-members.

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A paid option is this. It’s VERY good. I use it on several websites. Called Wishlist Memeber

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For me s2member does the job. You don’t have to use the paypal option, you can stick with free membership.