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Best Membership Plugin?

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Memberful is the most popular membership plugin for websites but cannot be used properly with Squarespace. There are three dedicated membership 'plugins' that supposedly work with Squarespace: Square Secure, Sentry Login, and GoPaywall. I have used GoPaywall and it is very good looking - it integrates well. But there doesn't seem to be a way for users to cancel their account (hopefully this feature will be introduced as GoPaywall is a new company).

Square Secure and Sentry Login both have sort of unattractive websites - which has put me off a little - but obviously the important thing is the product. So I'd like to ask if anyone has experience with any of these companies - can you please let me know of your experience.

Honestly as much as I really appreciate everything Squarespace has done for me - they could have introduced an in-house membership solution a LONG time ago.

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I've now tried out by sentrylogin and gopaywall.

Gopaywall is almost an awesome product. Pros-Can use coupons, it's easy to setup with minimal programming knowledge, customizing is pretty easy, you can use buttons that match your site, can easily do fake transactions to test the system, great user interface

Cons-support is on the slow side, and settings don't seem to behave how you would expect them to. I went round and round trying to get the system to go directly to the locked page immediately after the user makes a purchase, but instead it kept opening an account window, the user would then have to click the page behind the account then click through links to get to the locked page, which was way too confusing, especially since there was no link in the account box to take them to the page they had just purchased access to. Account window doesn't seem customizable to match your site from the member's side of things.

Sentrylogin - Pros-you can totally control where they land after they login by setting the URL, the behavior system makes more sense. Easier integration with stripe (just a couple of clicks). Fast support - response times seem to be within an hour on business days. $4.95/month + 1% fee on stripe transactions, which is super affordable if this is your first time with something like this. Based on their quick support response time and the fact that they are updating their UI, I am guessing they are willing to continue adding features to improve the system.

Cons - more difficult to set up, if you want to customize buttons, etc, maybe they can help but I was working on it late at night so I just did it all myself - so things like centering the button on the page required some research into CSS. I don't see a coupons option, so running sales will take a little more effort. You can't really make buttons match your template buttons, you can't really make the login box match your stuff if you are using certain fonts that they don't offer (like Josefin Sans), you can't edit the purchase page to match your stuff yourself (have to have them create a skin, which they do for free but control freaks with designer work histories may find this annoying). They are partway through updating their 2001 looking website and UI - when they have finished updating I think it will make for a much easier user experience from an admin standpoint. I'm interested to see how this product shapes up.

In all, I suppose you need to decide which elements are more important for you - I think for me, having the system automatically take the customer to the protected content in the least confusing way possible is one of my top needs and I can work around any of the other stuff.

It's also possible that the more expensive mymemberspace is the holy grail of login protection, however, at the price it doesn't make sense unless you have an established, successful membership or e-course program already. If just starting out and not sure how well your product will do, stick with a less expensive option.

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Paywallz is a member management and content protection plugin designed for squarespace users. Some of the features Paywallz offers to publishers (site owners) are:

  • No setup or monthly fee
  • ~4%* transaction fee (includes the typical 3% merchant fee)
  • full control over protected URLS
  • a login & share button
  • affiliate marketing and commissions
  • zapier integration

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Excalibur service is a very advanced paywall, very easy to set up and always updated. transactions are done on the same page so the users does not leave the page. Multi language/currency to IOS/Android SDK. We have everything you need to add membership from website, to mobile devices. No monthly or set up fee for sites under 5000 monthly pageviews.

Please visit us at https://www.custompaywallsolutions.com/ for more information.

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You might want to look at MembershipWorks. It offers members only content and robust member management. You can protect specific SquareSpace pages with an HTML snippet that will restrict the content to members (even broken down by levels of membership). It integrates with Stripe, Authorize.net and PayPal Pro. They do not upcharge the payment gateway costs; it's a monthly fee instead (up to 50 members free though). There's also a member directory that can be public or private.

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