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Free WP-Membership Plugin


Protect your content with Levels. Levels can protect Posts, Pages and Categories.
Levels are not sequential, they are more like groups.
Currently the Payment gateways are non-functional due to stripping out the copy-protection during the open sourcing process.
These will be restored over time, including: PayPal, and Google Checkout.

The primary repository for Free WP-Membership is at GitHub.
The project home page is at Free WP-Membership.

Minimum Requirements

  • PHP 5.3.0
  • Curl (Used to update News & Info)
  • Simple Xml
  • MySql 5
  • To Be Determined


Simply unpack in the wp-content/plugins folder. Then go to Settings->WP-Membership and configure the plug-in to match your taste.


Where did this come from?

Synergy Software Group LLC (now out of business) open-sourced their commercial WordPress plugin WP-Membership 1.1.3. This plugin is based on that original source tree. (Thus why it starts on version 1.1.4)

When is feature “X” going to be done?

I work on Free WP-Membership as time permits, so the best answer I can give is “When it’s done”. With that said it is open source and you can contribute to it. To do so simply fork the project on GitHub and submit a pull request with your changes.
Now while I don’t have any specific dates things will be done, I am keeping a current list of the sequence things are planned to be done at Issues and GitHub.

What is currently being worked on?

Check the Issues or GitHub pages for the most current list of items.


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Contributors & Developers

“Free WP-Membership Plugin” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Register pages now use Short codes
  • Enhanced the Dashboard Widget
  • Short code based partial content protection
  • Updated minimum supported WordPress version to 2.8.0
  • Moved Payment Gateway Interface (for future refactor)
  • Added a Login Widget
  • Enhanced minimum requirements checking


  • List % completed progress by Milestone in News & Info
  • Converted the LoginFrom, RegistrationForm and UserProfileForm macros to WordPress Shortcode
  • Added a requirements check to the activation code
  • More general code cleanup (added comments, removed unused filters, refactored and reorginized code paths, etc)
  • Issues on News & Info are now sorted by release milestone

  • fixed an error in the installation of 1.1.6 that caused a server 500 error


  • Updated the readme.txt to better conform with’s parser
  • Refactored Option Tabs (Code Cleanup)
  • Added Important Links to News & Info tab


  • Added Issues to News & Info tab
  • Fixed some more navigation issues (broken by removing the DRM) when accessing Payment Gateways, Feedback or Troubleshooting from the Settings menu


  • Integrated with’s plugin database
  • Added an error message to the Feedback tab indicating that it’s currently non-functional
  • Fixed some navigation that was broken after stripping out DRM
  • Payment Gateways were broken due removal of DRM
  • Stripped DRM from the original plug-in
  • Initial release as Open Source