Which membership plugin is the better alternative for my blog? With more and more competing premium WordPress plugins it gets harder and harder to answer that question. This article takes a look at two popular WordPress membership plugins: It compares s2Member with Magic Members in order to help you with your decision in choosing one.
There are several other alternatives to s2Member and Magic Members on the market which I have compared in separate articles. Go to my main WordPress Membership Plugins comparison to start your search.
Please note that this comparison only looks at the features on paper as reported by either plugin’s developers. It does not and can not tell you if or how well a certain feature will work for you. Because such a verdict would depend on too many variables, including your server setup and personal preference, I have decided to stick to the hard facts for this feature comparison between s2Member and Magic Members.
s2Member And Magic Members Feature Comparison
In my comparison I track 26 different features for all the membership plugins. In s2Member you can find 21 out of 26 of those features. Magic Members on the other hand offers 23 out of the 26 features in total.
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Even if many of the features compared above overlap between the two competing products there is one very important difference: s2Member as well as Magic Members both provide a unique interface from which you will build powerful membershp sites. Since it is hard to rate the quality of such an interface objectively I recommend that you try both products yourself before deciding for one.
s2Member vs Magic Members Price Comparison
WPscoop indexes the exact prixing plans of all compared plugins. Please refer to the table below for a quick overview of the prices of s2Member and Magic Members.
To find the cheaper membership plugin for your individual needs please go to my main comparison article. There you can search for the features you need and then see the exact price you would need to pay for s2Member or Magic Members (as well as other alternatives).
|Minimum (1 Site)||0.00 USD||97.00 USD|
|Maximum (1 Site)||69.00 USD||97.00 USD|
|Minimum (10 Sites)||0.00 USD||207.00 USD|
|Maximum (10 Sites)||129.00 USD||207.00 USD|
Explanations: The minimum price compared above is the lowest price a product is available for, e.g. the version with the least features. The maximum price listed is for a version of the product that includes all features. For plugins that charge per addon it factors in the cost of all available addons. For some products the price increases if you want to use it on more than 1 WordPress site – the listed price for 10 sites shows if that is the case.
Disclaimer: While we update this comparison regularly we can not guarantee the prices displayed above are still correct and take no responsibility if they changed.
You can have a look at the Youtube videos below to see s2Member and Magic Members in action. That will give you a better idea of how the interface looks and which of the two WordPress membership plugins is easier to use.
Magic Members Video
Visit the developers website to learn more about each of the membership plugins and order or download the software.
Most WordPress plugins have an option to test their service for free, either thrhough a basic free version, a trial period or online demo. Check if such an offer exists for s2Member and Magic Members and if so: Make use of it! By doing so you can compare both plugins directly and find out which one is the better alternative in you situation.
Other Alternative Membership Plugins
But wait, there is more! Besides s2Member and Magic Members I have compared several other WordPress membership plugins on WPscoop. I recommend you start your search for s2Member alternatives or Magic Members alternatives in the main comparison article. There you can filter all different products and search for the features you need.
s2Member vs. other membership plugins
- WishList Member vs s2Member Comparison
- s2Member vs MemberPress Comparison
- s2Member vs Memberwing Comparison
- s2Member vs Paid Memberships Pro Comparison
- s2Member vs WP-Member Comparison
- s2Member vs Restrict Content Pro Comparison
- s2Member vs Digital Access Pass Comparison
Magic Members vs. other WP membership plugins
- WishList Member vs Magic Members Comparison
- Magic Members vs MemberPress Comparison
- Magic Members vs Memberwing Comparison
- Magic Members vs Paid Memberships Pro Comparison
- Magic Members vs WP-Member Comparison
- Magic Members vs Restrict Content Pro Comparison
- Magic Members vs Digital Access Pass Comparison
Did you spot a mistake in here? Is some feature in my comparison out of date? Please leave a comment below so I can update the article!
Which one is the better WP membership plugin: s2Member or Magic Members? Please share your opinion or experience in the comments!
Last update on: 12.3.2015