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Top 10 Best Membership Site Builders for 2024

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Building a membership site can feel daunting to those undertaking it for the first time. Our guide and detailed comparison chart of the top 10 membership website builders aims to simplify the process of choosing the right platform. At its most basic function, a membership site prevents nonmembers from seeing what members can login to access. Some platforms focus on helping content creators gate their content or sell courses while other builders excel at membership management for organizations.

Each business has different priorities, whether it’s budget concerns or the need for a specific feature. Whether you end up choosing our platform or a competitor, this guide aims to help you find the best fit for your needs.

In this Guide:

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What is the best membership site builder?

A membership site platform that meets the criteria of one person may not work for another. Most organizations need to compare what each membership site vendor offers by looking at factors such as price, features, ease of use, portability, integrations, and support. We’ve gathered information in this chart and guide to help you make your decision.
Top 10 Best Membership Membership Site Platforms
MembershipWorks WildApricot Squarespace Wix Podia Memberspace MemberPress YourMembership Subhub Kajabi
Focus on member management or subscriptions Member management Member management Subscriptions Subscriptions Subscriptions Subscriptions Subscriptions Member management Subscriptions Subscriptions
Known for Working with nonprofits, chambers, associations, clubs, groups Working with clubs and nonprofits Selling courses Selling access to services for a limited period (e.g. gym membership) Selling courses, digital downloads, coaching Selling digital products Selling courses Working with associations Working with established organizations that are adding membership offerings Supporting creators in selling online
Price per month starts at $0; paid plans start at $35; pay for hosting elsewhere $0; paid plans start at $60 $9 plus transaction fees (not including website fee starting at $23/month) starts at $27 $0 with 8% transaction fee; paid plans start at $33 $0 with 5% transaction fee; pay for hosting elsewhere $14.96/mo (paid annually); pay for hosting elsewhere starts at $292 starts at $27 starts at $119
Setup Fee $0 $0  $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 varies $0 $0
Additional per-transaction charges (beyond payment gateway fees) $0 Must use their affiliated payment gateway which has higher fees than some other choices ** 0-7% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Can you pick your own CMS or do you have to use the one they provide? Choose from WordPress, Weebly, Squarespace, Wix, Duda, WithoutCode, Drupal, Joomla, Spacecraft, HTML5 sites Use theirs Use theirs Use theirs Use theirs Choose from WordPress, Weebly, Squarespace, Wix, and more WordPress Use theirs Use theirs Use theirs
Member Directory Yes Yes No No No via Community Box integration via Formidable Forms integration Yes Yes Yes
Member Event Calendar / Event Registration Yes Yes Yes Yes Calendar requires an integration, but has event registration No calendar, but has event registration No Yes Yes No calendar, but has event registration
Member Classifieds Yes No No No No No No No No No
LMS (Learning Management System) No No Limited LMS features Limited LMS features Yes Limited LMS features Yes, via an Add On Yes Limited LMS features Some LMS features
Content Dripping No No Limited Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes
Member Job Board Yes Yes, but with revenue sharing No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Announcement Board or Member Forum Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Donations Yes Yes Yes Yes via PayPal No No Yes Yes via PayPal
Shopping Cart Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, but not for physical products Yes, but not for physical products via WooCommerce Yes Yes Yes, but not for physical products
CMS compatibility WordPress, Weebly, Squarespace, Wix, Duda, WithoutCode, Drupal, Joomla, Spacecraft, HTML5 sites Custom CMS. Uses iframes to embed widgets on other platforms ***** Requires their platform Requires their platform WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, Weebly and others WordPress, Squarespace, Weebly, Wix, Duda, HTML5 and more WordPress Requires their platform Requires their platform Requires their platform
Key Integrations MailChimp, Quickbooks Online and Desktop, Xero Quickbooks Desktop, Make (connects WA to other apps) Zapier, Dropbox, MailChimp via third party: ClassPass, MailChimp, MailMunch, Klayvio, Hubspot Mailchimp, GetResponse, Drip, Aweber, ConvertKit, ActiveCampiagn Zapier, HubSpot MailChimp, Zapier, BuddyPress Quickbooks online, LMS MailChimp, Vanilla Forum Aweber, Zapier, ConvertKit, Drip, ActiveCampaign, Segment
Payment Gateways Stripe, Authorize.net, PayPal Affinipay (Paypal and Authorize.net at an additional cost) Squarespace Payments, Stripe, PayPal, or Square WixPayments, Square, Authorize.net, Stripe and many more Stripe, PayPal (only availabe on certain plan) Stripe Stripe, Authorize.net, PayPal Affinipay, BluePay Stripe, PayPal Stripe, PayPal, Kajabi Payments
Support Phone, email, live screen share training Forum, chat, email Chat, Email Ticket, Callback Chat, email Email, limited group training Email Phone, email Phone, email Email, chat; varies by plan
Admin seats on paid plans Unlimited Unlimited 2 admins on lowest price plan; unlimited on others Unlimited 1 admin seat at their lowest price; additional admins are $20/mo for 1 and $50 for up to 5 Unlimited Unknown Unlimited Only the origin admin email has access to the Homepage and Course Editor 1 additional admin seat at their lowest price



** Wild Apricot adds 20% to its monthly/annual fees if you don’t use their affiliated payment gateway. Nonprofits can often find lower transaction fees with other payment gateways like Stripe, but the 20% fee increase comes into play if you go that route.
***** Iframes offer limited compatibility for Wild Apricot with WordPress, Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace.

What is a membership website?

A membership website means different things to different people Creators need a membership website that helps them focus on selling subscriptions and subscription revenue. On the other hand, membership organizations looks for a membership site that gets members to join and engage with their group.  There are some features that overlap, like the ability to take event registrations, and to sell memberships, but other features like drip content or a member directory may not be of interest to everyone who is building a membership site.

How do I create an online membership site?

  1. Identify the type of membership site you need — * a site that serves an existing membership organization, or a site to help you gate content and sell subscriptions to access content
  2. Pick a membership website builder that aligns with the features you need
  3. Set up your payment gateway (first be sure it is one that integrates with your site builder)
  4. Build your site. Most membership website builders do not require code knowledge. Modern membership site builders use drag and drop design environment to make it easy.
  5. Set up any integrations you need
  6. Announce your new site and promote it to potential members or subscribers

* Some membership websites focus more on content gating with subscriptions that allow access. Other membership sites serve organizations that exist both online and offline and require more features such as a member directory and event registration. It’s important to know the difference as you research options.

Top 10 Membership Site Builders

1. MembershipWorks logoMembershipWorks

MembershipWorks enables both new and established membership-based organizations to start taking membership payments quickly. Many membership levels can be created at various price points and with different billing methods. Its features are easily embedded into a variety of website platforms (WordPress, Weebly, Wix, Squarespace, Duda, WithoutCode, and others), so setup and maintenance can require less of a learning curve. Known for enabling those without code knowledge to easily build a membership site. In part that is due to its Texas-based support team who provide free phone, email, and screen share training.

Cost: Pricing starts at free; first paid level is $35/mo.
Setup Fee: $0
Per-Seat charges: $0; admin seats are unlimited on all paid plans
Additional Transaction-Related Charges: None other than payment gateway charges
Key Features Beyond Memberships: Event calendar and registration, online directory, member only content, donations, forms, job bank, shopping carts, classified ads, announcement boards
Key Integrations: MailChimp, Quickbooks, Xero, Stripe, Authorize.net, PayPal Pro, PayPal Checkout
Support: Free phone, email, and one-on-one screen share training with no seat restrictions on support.

See how MembershipWorks compares to other systems


Wild Apricot logo2. WildApricot

WildApricot has a long track record of providing membership websites to nonprofits and other types of groups. They offer multi-chapter organizations the ability to create a membership website template and clone that site for multiple chapters to use. WildApricot currently offers 12 membership website themes. Some commenters online feel that the themes look a bit dated and less modern than other template choices.

Cost: Pricing starts at free; first paid level is $60/mo.
Setup Fee: $0
Additional Transaction-Related Charges: Wild Apricot adds 20% to its monthly/annual fees if you don’t use their affiliated payment gateway. Nonprofits can often find lower transaction fees with other payment gateways like Stripe, but the 20% fee increase comes into play if you go that route.
Key Features Beyond Selling Memberships: Online event calendars and registration, directory, member only content, forum, online store, mobile app
Key Integrations: Make, Affinipay, Website Widgets
Support: Chat, email, forums

See a WildApricot comparison


squarespace logo3. Squarespace Member Areas

Squarespace’s membership site is focused on creators. Squarespace’s Member Areas feature promotes the ability to “Turn your content and expertise into income. Sell membership access to online courses and classes, videos, paid newsletters, communities and more.” Using Squarespace for a membership site isn’t a good idea if you are an established organization that needs to import your current members. That feature isn’t available on Squarespace.

Cost: $9 plus transaction fees (not including website fee); up to 7% transaction fees depending upon plan level
Setup Fee: $
Key Features Beyond Membership Sales: Content gating, selling courses, shopping cart
Key Integrations: ConvertKit and some extensions
Support: Chat, email

See a Squarespace Member Areas comparison


Wix membership plugin4. Wix

Wix membership sites can be used in many ways, but they are typically used by a business to allow its customers access to their own member portal. Members can login to their portal to see and manage their interactions with the business such as appointments and course purchases. It integrates with their Wix Bookings and Wix Store features among others.

Cost: starts at $27
Setup Fee: $0
Key Features Beyond Selling Memberships: Online community forum, member only event registration, some learning management system features, member only content, online store, email marketing
Key Integrations: ClassPass, MailChimp, MailMunch, Klayvio, Hubspot (all via third party integrations; Wix also has its own apps)
Support: Ticket, callback


Podia logo5. Podia

Podia allows creators to sell downloads, access to community, courses, webinars, workshops, access to coaching through their own membership site. It offers a built-in email marketing platform with email templates. They also have an online creator community where you can communicate with fellow creators to get ideas. Courses can be created within the Podia platform.

Cost:$0 with 8% transaction fee; paid plans start at $33
Per-Seat charges: 1 admin seat at their lowest price; additional admins are $20/mo for 1 and $50 for up to 5 administrators
Additional Transaction-Related Charges: 10% transaction fee on their free plan; lower rates on paid plans
Setup Fee: $0
Key Features of Membership Site: built in course creation features and email marketing system
Key Integrations: Mailchimp, GetResponse, Drip, Aweber, ConvertKit, ActiveCampaign
Support: Email, chat


memberspace logo6. MemberSpace

MemberSpace’s primary focus is on access control of website content. It excels at helping solopreneurs post gated course content such as audio, videos, and private content libraries. Note that some integrations will require a paid plan on a 3rd party platform. For example, MemberSpace websites that need to connect to software like MailChimp and Quickbooks will also need to buy a subscription to Zapier.

Cost: $0 with 5% transaction fee; pay for hosting elsewhere or use their builder
Per-Seat charges: not applicable
Additional Transaction-Related Charges: 5% per transaction
Setup Fee: $0
Key features beyond selling memberships: selling access to gated content libraries, podcasts, courses, events
Key Integrations: Email, limited group training

See a MemberSpace comparison


MemberPress logo7. MemberPress

MemberPress focuses on monetizing content and provides a built-in learning management system. MemberPress has the capability to allow members to sign up for multiple membership levels at the same time.

Cost: $15/mo (sold annually)
Additional transaction fees: $0
Top additional features beyond membership: built-in LMS, content restriction
Key integrations: MailChimp, Zapier, BuddyPress
Support: Email


YourMembership logo

8. YourMembership

YourMembership is designed to help existing membership organizations create a membership website for their group. For those that want someone to design their site for them, they offer this service. Essentially they are a one stop shop for just about every aspect of building a membership site. With the requirement to use their content management system, organizations are more locked into their system versus membership systems that allow you to choose from multiple content management systems. Typical customers include associations and nonprofits.

Cost: starts at $292/month
Setup Fee: varies
Key Features Beyond Membership Management: Online community, event calendar and registration, directory, member only content, online store, mobile event app
Key Integrations: Career center, Learning Management System (LMS)
Support: Email, phone

See a YourMembership comparison


Subhub logo9. Subhub

Subhub promotes itself as an all in one membership software designed for entrepreneurs, experts, course creators, and organizations. Unlike many of its competitors, it has more of a blended offering of features that work for both organizations as well as content creators. Example organizations that use Subhub include fitness instructors, yoga studios (online and offline), nonprofits, and associations.

Cost: Starts at $27/month
Per-Seat charges: Only the origin admin email has access to the Homepage and Course Editor
Additional Transaction-Related Charges: $0
Setup Fee: $0
Key Features Beyond Membership Management: Website template, video library, segmented access, online courses, landing pages
Key Integrations: MailChimp, Vanilla Forum
Support: Email, phone


10. Kajabi

Kajabi is known for helping YouTubers and digital entrepreneurs who are looking to monetize their content. They offer sales funnels with pre-written emails that can be optionally customized. They focus on converting leads into members via their website templates and landing pages. Their customers range from online educators and coaches to podcasters, musicians, and public speakers. They set themselves apart by providing 24/7 support.

Cost: Starts at $25/month
Per-Seat charges: unknown
Additional Transaction-Related Charges: $0
Setup Fee: $0
Key Features Beyond Membership Management: Multi-chapter features, member only content, events management, online store, scannable tickets
Key Integrations: Quickbooks
Support: Email, online training (additional fees; $150 for a hour)

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