S2Member Review 2023

by Adam Preiser updated 2023-08-29 17:06:22

S2Member is one of the oldest WordPress membership plugins. There is both a free and a paid pro version available.

Current Pricing: Free – $189
Ease of Use

Ease Of Use

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Price / Value




S2Member Pros

  • Protect Content
  • Unlimited Paid Membership Levels
  • File Download Restrictions
  • Affiliate Program Integrations
  • Compatible w/ Caching Plugins
  • Content Dripping Shortcodes

S2Member Cons

Being one of the oldest, or first, WordPress membership plugin could be good, but the problem is that it hasn’t really evolved that much and is really showing it’s age.

For some types of plugins, it doesn’t really matter, but if you are wanting to create a membership website, then it’s crucial that you use a modern plugin with a serious business behind it. Sadly, S2Member is just not a serious tool that I would be willing to base my business off of.

S2Member Coupon Discounts

There are currently no active S2Member Coupon or S2Member Discounts available.

S2Member Review: Wrap Up

S2Member offers a great value for a free membership plugin, so if you are on a very tight budget it may be a good option. If you are going to pay for a WordPress membership plugin, I would not suggest using S2Member.

S2Member Alternatives

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  1. Chittranjan says:

    Hi,want to have S2M.As shared by Ms.Carole that it is going to be upgraded soon.So ,what is status now.
    I want to use membership with Newspaper10 theme.Will it be OK?

  2. Just as an added information, s2Member was barely supported and nobody worked on its development for the last 18 months or so. The situation has changed in January 2019 when one of the original developers took over where the last ones left. They are currently working on an upgrade, so you might want to keep an eye on this plugin in the next months.

  3. Your post states “here are some great alternative S2Member alternatives”, yet no further information is provided.

    1. Ha, yea there are some bugs here on my site due to it’s age. I have been working on relaunching the website. A great alternative is MemberPress.

      1. Jason Stanley says:

        Any suggestions on which plugin you prefer when it comes to content dripping for paid subscribers? I have S2member but after searching for hours it seems Paid Member Subscriptions pro is one of the best options in overall functionality. I also saw Restict content pro, IThemes Exchange, memberpress, member mouse, and cart66cloud. All very confusing to me at this point and very convoluted as to which is the best/easiest to use.

        1. There are lots of great options, all with different price points. If free is what you are after, go with Paid Memberships Pro. If paid I would go with Restrict Content Pro.

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