MembershipWorks vs. Squarespace Member Areas
Looking for a Squarespace Member Area Alternative?
While both MembershipWorks and Squarespace offer membership software, MembershipWorks membership plugin for Squarespace offers more features for organizations such as nonprofits, associations, groups, and chambers of commerce. Squarespace Member Areas focus on services for creators who want to put content behind a paywall.
Organizations with Squarespace websites can easily add MembershipWorks’ membership plugin into their site instead of Squarespace Member Areas. They can also use MembershipWorks to require a member login to view content. See a sample Squarespace site with MembershipWorks.
Why Choose MembershipWorks Membership Management Plugin
- No added transaction fees. Squarespace adds on a per-transaction fee for every membership (up to 7% depending upon your plan); these fees are in addition to what your payment gateway charges to process transactions. So if you are on their cheapest Member Areas plan, you’d be likely to pay close to 10% in transaction fees for each purchase.
- Free phone support and live screen share training. Get your membership platform questions resolved quickly by email, phone, or live one-on-one screen share training with MembershipWorks. Squarespace offers chat and email.
- Group memberships. If your organization sells family or corporate memberships where multiple family members or staff people need memberships under one account, MembershipWorks offers this feature.
- Proration and adjustable renewal dates. MembershipWorks allows for membership prorating and also enables organizations that use Stripe or Authorize.net payment gateways to edit member renewal dates. Squarespace doesn’t offer the ability to prorate membership dues for new members, nor can you adjust renewal dates.
- Built in member directories, job boards, forms, classified ads, shopping carts, and announcement boards. MembershipWorks customers can easily add these membership software features to their website at no extra charge, all of which have the potential to generate non-dues revenue. See how easy it is to build a Squarespace membership site.
- Import and manually add members. With Squarespace Member Areas, you can not perform a bulk import or manually add in members. This makes MembershipWorks a better choice for organizations that are bringing in existing members.
- Easy member content restrictions. With MembershipWorks, you can allow a page’s content to be accessed by all members or a subset of members. This is a helpful feature if only certain groups or tiers of members are given access to a given page. With Squarespace you have to duplicate content to be able to provide access to different sets of members.
- Member approval process. MembershipWorks customers can set up an approval process so that prospective members don’t have full access to member benefits and member only content until an admin screens and approves them.
- Membership portability. MembershipWorks integrates with other website builders like WordPress, Wix, Weebly and more. So you aren’t stuck in one website platform if your needs change. With Squarespace, you can’t separate your membership plugin from your website.
- Email marketing portability. Squarespace’s Member Areas do not integrate with MailChimp or other similar email software. Should you ever decide to move your website to a different website platform, your members, email marketing system, and historical data would not move with you.
- Member-generated events. With MembershipWorks, you can allow members to submit events to be listed on a community calendar. These events can automatically post or can be screened by an administrator to provide approval. Chambers of commerce especially appreciate this feature.
- Separate admins for separate tasks. To avoid mistakes and increase security, it’s a best practice to set admin permissions as restrictively as possible. When using a Squarespace membership plugin like MembershipWorks, you can provide your membership manager or chair with access to specific parts of your membership data and/or events while preventing them from being able to edit the rest of your website.
- Free plan for fewer than 50 accounts. Access to a free plan is helpful whether you are seeking to test out selling memberships or if you have an organization that’s just getting started. MembershipWorks offers a free plan with no time limit that includes some of the most popular features: member directories, member billing, members only content, and event calendars. Other features — including multiple admins, event registration, and the ability to have more than 50 accounts in your member database — are available on paid plans.
|MembershipWorks||Squarespace Member Areas|
|Price per month starts at||$0 for 50 Free Plan; paid plans start at $35 (300 or less accounts)||$9 plus transaction fees (not including website fee)|
|Additional per-transaction charges (beyond payment gateway fees)||$0||up to 7% depending upon plan level|
|Member Only Content||Yes||Yes|
|Event Calendar / Registration||Yes||Online events only or add on other paid Squarespace features|
|Announcement Board or Forum||Yes||No|
|Donations (aside from memberships that are donations)||Yes||Yes|
|CMS compatibility||WordPress, Weebly, Squarespace, Wix, Duda, WithoutCode, Drupal, Joomla, Spacecraft, HTML5 sites||Squarespace|
|Key Integrations||MailChimp, Quickbooks Online and Desktop, Xero||ConvertKit and some extensions|
|Payment Gateways||Stripe, Authorize.net, PayPal||Stripe, PayPal|
|Support||Free phone, email, and live screen share training||Chat, Email|
Explore MembershipWorks Features
|Membership Management||Event Calendar & Registrations||Online Payments||Donations, Carts & Forms||Job Board||Announcement Board||Classified Ads||Member Directory||Members Only Content/Items|
Note that pricing and features may change from the information we have gathered here. Providers regularly evolve their product offerings and price points.