Restrict Content Pro Vs Wishlist Member 2020

by Adam @ WPCrafter   |   Last Updated: September 8, 2021

Restrict Content Pro is a membership plugin for WordPress based websites. It will allow you to secure and sell content and includes a number of add-ons to cover most requirements.
Wishlist Member is one of the first WordPress membership plugins right when having a membership website became a thing. In 2020 they released a completely new version to bring it up to par with other membership plugins.
Current Pricing: $99 – $249
Current Pricing: $147 – $397

Both of these WordPress membership plugins will enable you to protect and sell your content, but each will have their pro's and con's when compared.

Wishlist Member has many more integrations, where Restrict Content Pro is focused mostly on WordPress only.

A perfect example is Wishlist will integrate with ThriveCart, 2Checkout, and a list of other SaaS-based cart platform. Same goes for email autoresponder services, Wishlist integrates with many more.

However Restrict Content Pro is much more refined and easier to use. The interface is elegant and well thought out, where the interface and user experience in Wishlist could be improved.

Wishlist has better pricing on their annual license, but Restrict Content Pro has better pricing if you want unlimited websites or you wanted a lifetime license with lifetime support.

For me, I would choose Wishlist over Restrict Content Pro except in the case where I needed to use a hosted shopping cart.

Restrict Content Pro Pros

  • Offers Lifetime Pricing Option
  • Support Many Payment Gateways
  • WooCommerce Integration *HUGE*
  • Reporting Dashboard
  • Dedicated Support Team

Wishlist Member Pros

  • Unlimited Membership Levels
  • Many Shopping Cart Integrations
  • Easy To Setup Simple Memberships
  • Can Sell Access Per Post
  • Central Content Control (LOVE THIS)

Restrict Content Pro Cons

  • Most Will Need The $249 Plan Or $499 Lifetime Plan
  • Lacks Integrated Affiliate System

Wishlist Member Cons

  • Can Be Overwhelming With All The Options
  • Tries To Do Everything
  • Not Modular
  • Partial AffiliateWP Integration

Ease Of Use

This membership plugin is so easy to use that literally anyone will be able to set it up.

Ease Of Use

High marks because of the new content control feature, but they can make improvements to simplify the options.

Price / Value

While I would like to see a plan that is full-features and less than $200, the amount of flexibility and power is nearly unrivaled.

Price / Value

Membership plugins are quite pricy and Wishlist is the best value I can find on a membership plugin.


Support is what you would expect from a premium-priced membership plugin.


Support is available via a ticket desk and responds in a timely manner.

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