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Best paid membership plugin for new Buddypress community?

     
9:40 pm on Feb 7, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I searched. I did. Been searching for weeks actually. But, I searched this forum today, the best I was able with the silly google search and no ability to search this specific area.

It seems odd to me that there's so little information out there on this topic. Hopefully, you guys can help.

I've been building database driven websites since 2002 and working with Wordpress since 2004. I used to build stuff like Wordpress before it took over. However, I took almost a handful of years off to raise my kids and heal up my RSI from too much coding.

Now that I'm getting back into it again, I'm finding everything has become highly commercialized and it's hard to get clear information on each plugin through all the marketing.

I saw the rules for this thread and almost jumped for joy. Maybe I can get some real advice from actual users of the type of plugins I'm about to ask about... instead of pitches from salespeople or affiliates, or desperate coders fishing for work.

I am only in the planning stage right now. The idea is to create a private social network for a small local group.

Since I'd like to use Wordpress for this, Buddypress and bbPress seem like the way to go to provide a starter community site.

Is that right in 2018? That's my first question.

And, then if so... What's the best membership plugin to pair with Buddypress?

We've already tried Membership Pro 2 by WPMUDEV and while that plugin seemed alright on it's own, the rest of their service does not inspire enough confidence to commit to building our sites with only, or even mostly, their plugins. And, the Membership 2 plugin alone is in no way worth $600 a year.

We cringe at the thought of even Paid Memberships Pro asking $300 a year. That's just greedy. @PaidMembershipsPro Let the noobs pay for support if they want it. Let the rest of us get the software and use it and you'd make more money!

We're currently leaning towards s2Member, with Restrict Content Pro coming in a very weak second due to their yearly fee that will likely just go up and up like the rest.

I'm looking forward to hearing form people who actually use these tools or whatever you're recommending. And, maybe there's an alternative we haven't yet considered.

Thank you!
9:49 pm on Feb 7, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I have used memberpress on a few websites. It's very intuitive and has a lot of great features. Their pricing says $119/yr, but that is for support, it will not stop working after the year.
10:18 pm on Feb 7, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Thanks travelin cat! Have you ever used it with buddypress or any other social or community plugins? We may only really need a forum like bbPress and that's fine. But, I wanted to at least try to make it special.
10:24 pm on Feb 7, 2018 (gmt 0)

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There were some basic social plugins on the websites but nothing else. Also, their support is excellent. I always had an answer to any issue promptly.