Nothing is Ever Flawless
The following is a product review of the WP-Member WordPress plugin, which allows you to set up posts and pages to be subscription based. It allows multiple levels of subscription types that can be either free or paid, and supports multiple gateways. I am not getting paid to write this, nor have any affiliation with the product. I am just writing this so that other front-end developers have some information about the plugin before they purchase it.
If you have ever built anything in WordPress and have used anything but a basic plugin, then you will know the frustration of seemingly finding a plugin that sounds great but ends up either flawed , lacking a key feature that you actually need, or just plain broken. I’m not talking about a plugin that does something simple like adding share buttons to your posts. I’m talking about a plugin that actually has features you need to fill in a bunch of settings for. What is usuallly surprising is that the plugin actually costs money which makes the situation even more aggrivating. I think sometimes that we have an ability to work at an extremely high annoyance level compared to the average person. Do me a favor and raise your hand if you have seriously thought about punching your computer monitor. That should be just about all of us. I just counted….there is one guy somewhere in Hawaii that didn’t raise his hand because where he lives counteracts this. Everyone else though was nodding in agreement there. WP-Member gave me these feelings for sure. Let’s not start out with a feeling of hate though, because in the end WP-Member does what I need it to. There was certainly bad, but 1 thing made me stick it out to come to the conclusion that I would use it again. Yes, I just spoiled the rest of the article, but let’s get into some details.