If people are willing to pay for single articles, buy a recurring subscription or become a member with or without restricting access to your content, you need a little magic to manage payment and renewals.
With a WordPress CMS-driven Website it is only a matter of finding the right plugin – and there are a lot to choose from – to start up a paid content or membership site. I started searching and came across a great post by Kevin Eklund. He revues more than a dozen of the best premium or free WordPress membership plugins available and includes them in a sort-by-features table that makes it really easy to narrow down the field by selected criteria.
After a good deal of study and evaluation, I am now bench-testing what I feel to be the best one, Magic Members Plugin at a client site under development. The plugin developer’s Website has a great collection of instructional videos. The company also offers another plugin that will manage an affiliate sales campaign, one that provides a key missing-ingredient in the WP E-commerce Shopping cart.
I will continue to expand this post as I gain more hands-on experience, but I think this is a feature-rich application, backed by an impressive array of support resources.