Wishlist Member vs. Optimize Member – The Full Comparison
November 21, 2013 4 Comments
So we decided to publish this post with some key points and let you make the best decision for you on your own.
In this post we give you a complete overview of both Wishlist Member and Optimize Member.
Just to let you know, Optimize Member plugin can only be purchased as part of the OptimizePress package that also includes the OptimizePress theme and plugin.
The OptimizePress theme and plugin are the same, the only difference is that if you want to use OP as your main theme you need to use the theme version and if you only want to use it for certain pages such as: your membership pages / landing page / squeeze page etc. you need to install the plugin version and use any other theme you want as your main theme.
Table of Contents
- OptimizeMember vs. Wishlist Member Review
- Protection Settings
- Payment Models
- Shopping Carts Integration
- Autoresponders Integration
- Other Integrations
- Documentation & Support
- 6 Advantages of Wishlist Member over Optimize Member
- The Advantage of Optimize Member over Wishlist Member
- Which Plugin to Choose?
- Wishlist Member vs. Popular Membership Plugins
- Recommended Links
- Check Our Wishlist Member Tips Series
- Wishlist Member Dedicated Plugins for You
- Not a Member Yet?
OptimizeMember vs. Wishlist Member Review
Core Membership Features
Creating unlimited number of membership levels – With Optimize Member you get 10 membership levels by default and you can add more by customizing the plugin’s code, while with Wishlist Member there is no need to customize anything, just add a new level as seen in the screenshot below.
Creating Membership Levels with Optimize Member:
With Optimize Member you need to enter the General Options menu >> and go over each tab to define your membership levels, redirection pages, email configuration etc.
Creating Membership Levels with Wishlist Member:
With Wishlist Member you can define all the membership levels’ settings in one simple screen under the Levels tab as seen in the below screenshot:
Managing your members – With both Optimize Member and Wishlist Member you can add new members, change their membership setting, export or import members.
Members Management with Optimize Member:
The members’ list appears in the Users WordPress menu and it allows you to see all your members including: their membership levels, names, emails, registration date, custom capabilities if any and even the number of logins, which is great for knowing in just one glance how engaged are your members and even get in touch with less engaged ones and get their feedback (with Wishlist you can see the number of logins when you click to edit the member’s details in the Users menu)
Members Management with Wishlist Member:
You can see all your members from one screen under the Members menu and edit their settings, including: their membership levels and status (active, expired etc.), name, email, registration and expiration date etc.
Creating bundles – With Wishlist Member you can use the built-in sequential upgrade feature to sell simple membership bundles or Wishlist Bundles plugin (3rd-party) to sell more complex bundles. With Optimize Member you can create packages and sell individual products of content.
Setting registration pages – After login and after registration pages members land on
With both Wishlist Member and Optimize Member you can define important protection settings, including:
- Offer both free and paid memberships
- Set total content protection for your content
- Display “teaser” content in the excerpt that non-members / logged-out users can see
- Drip your content – With Optimize Member the content dripping is part of the plugin, yet with Wishlist Member you will need to purchase a separate plugin (developed by Wishlist Member) called Wishlist Content Scheduler
- Sell individual posts using pay-per-post – With Wishlist Member you can also enhance the pay-per-post features using Wishlist Pay Per Post Shortcodes plugin
Protection features available with Wishlist Member only:
With Wishlist Member you can also secure your RSS feed so members will be able to read their content in their favorite RSS reader
- Trial periods – With Optimize Member trial periods can be set depending on the shopping cart you are using
- Upsells / One time offers – With Wishlist Member it depends on the shopping cart you are using, for example: it supports ClickBank pitch plus feature and upsells with Stripe)
- Discount coupons – Available in Wishlist Member using Wishlist Coupon 2.0 plugin, limited with Optimize Member (compatible with Pro Forms for Stripe, PayPal Pro and Authorize.Net)
Shopping Carts Integration
Wishlist Member integrates with the most popular payment gateways available online, including:
- PayPal Standard
- PayPal Pro
- Premium Web Cart
- Pin Payments
- Red Oak Cart
- Sam Cart
- Ultra Cart
Another important feature you can achieve with Wishlist Member is allowing automatic registration using a 3rd-party plugin developed by our company HappyPlugins called Wishlist Auto Registration.
Optimize Member integrates with the following payment gateways:
- PayPal Standard
- PayPal Pro / Express
- SamCart (partly)
- Braintree is planned to be added in the future
Wishlist Member integrates with the most popular autoresponders available online, including:
- Constant Contact
- Mad Mimi
- Inspire Email Marketer
- AutoResponse Plus
- Active Campaign
Optimize Member integrates with the most popular autoresponders available online, including:
- Campaign Monitor
Other popular services that Wishlist Member integrates with are:
- SimplePress forums
- Vanilla forums
- Affiliate Royale
- WooCommerce – Using Wishlist Member WooCommerce Plus plugin
- WPCourseWare – Using a 3rd-party plugin
- Easy Digital Downloads –Using Wishlist Member Easy Digital Downloads Plus plugin
- bbPress – Wishlist currently does have a built-in integration with bbPress, but our company has developed a unique plugin for integrating them called Wishlist bbPress Integration
Other popular services that Optimize Member integrates with are:
- bbPress forums
- BodyPress forums
Wishlist Member is a paid membership plugin that is offered as a single license ($197) and unlimited licenses ($297), both include support and access to documentation and video tutorials.
As for Optimize Member, as written in the beginning of this review, in order to use it you also need to have OptimizePress 2.0 (theme or plugin) installed and active on your site. OptimizePress has 3 plans: 3 licenses ($97), 10 licenses ($197) and 30 licenses ($297). All plans also include Optimize Member plugin.
Documentation & Support
The Wishlist Member team has an extensive amount of video tutorials and a big knowledge-base with a lot of information. Also, there is an option to register for $20 per month to their online community that also includes monthly bonuses, live Q&A sessions, webinars, members’ only forum and more. The community is called Wishlist Insider. Also, the support they provide is professional and fast.
OptimizePress and Optimize Member also include an extensive amount of video tutorials, training materials and knowledgebase and their support is also fast and professional.
6 Advantages of Wishlist Member over Optimize Member
- Veteran membership plugin – Established membership platform that exists over 5 years
- Large community – Wishlist Member has a large community behind it with an active forum and premium content
- Regular and frequent updates – Updates regularly almost every 2 weeks with bug fixes and performance tweaks
- Can deal with complex scenarios – Ability to create complex membership sites scenarios using the built-in protections settings
- Has many add-ons – Developed by both Wishlist Member and 3rd plugins companies like HappyPlugins that extend Wishlist Member functionality
- Extensive API that allows custom coding for unique scenarios, this is highly important especially if you are building a large membership site or a sites with a unique flow and structure
The Advantage of Optimize Member over Wishlist Member
We think that the main advantage is related more to OptimizePress as a complete package rather than just looking at Optimize Member as a stand-alone membership plugin.
OptimizePress 2.0 not only includes the basic features required for protecting content using the Optimize Member plugin, but it also provides you with various membership templates that can help you setup a beautiful and professional looking members’ area in literally seconds.
You can easily create stylized membership pages such as: dashboard page, course pages, lesson pages, thank you page, download files page, webinar pages and other types of pages you may need for managing your membership site’s content.
Other than that you can, of course, use OptimizePress templates for creating your squeeze pages, landing pages and sales page.
sing OptimizePress for designing your membership site’s pages will not only save you a lot of time in designing your site, but it also provides you with ready-made templates, icons, elements and more that will save you significant time and money in thinking about how you want to design your site or hiring a professional designer.
Which Plugin to Choose?
If you have a very limited and small budget:
After using both Wishlist Member and OptimizePress 2.0 from their very first versions we can honestly say that if you have the budget for only one plugin then Wishlist Member is without a doubt the one you should choose, for all the advantages we specified above, as it will allow you to grow your membership site over time, if you ever need any custom development or add-ons, and from our experience, big membership sites usually need custom coding.
If you only need a closed downloadable area:
If you only want to create a membership area for members to be able to download downloadable products such as: software, eBooks, videos etc. Optimize Member will definitely help you achieve your purpose more easily and quickly using the stylized page templates and the special download options that allow you to: restrict the number of downloads per user (x downloads every x days), set a download limit exceeded page and more advanced options. Optimize Member also integrates with Amazon S3 and Amazon CloudFront.
If you have the budget for both:
However, if your budget allows you to purchase both Wishlist Member and OptimizePress, we highly recommend using Wishlist Member as a membership plugin for building your membership site’s flow and structure (again, of all the advantages we specified above) and OptimizePress as a template for establishing and designing your membership pages.
Wishlist Member vs. Popular Membership Plugins
- Wishlist Member vs. WP-Member
- Wishlist Member vs. Digital Access Pass
- Wishlist Member vs. Restrict Content Pro
- Wishlist Member vs. Magic Members
- Wishlist Member vs. MemberPress
- Wishlist Member vs. Paid Memberships Pro
- Wishlist Member vs. Member Mouse
- Wishlist Member vs. s2Member
- 5 Reasons OptimizePress 2.0 Will Make Your Life Easier
- Popular Membership Plugins Comparison
- OptimizePress 2.0 homepage
- Wishlist Member homepage
Check Our Wishlist Member Tips Series
These are only some of the tips you will find (must be logged-in):
- Must Have Plugins for Managing Your Membership Site
- Managing Your Membership Site Easily Using These Wishlist Member Shortcuts
- Switching from Wishlist’s Old Registration Form to the New One
- How to Sell Multiple Posts using the Pay-per-Post Feature in One Purchase
- How to Know Which of Your Protected Content Non-Members Tried to Access?
- Proven Tactics to Increasing the Renewal Rates to Your Membership Site
- Adding Affiliate Links to Your Membership Site – 7 Tips to Doing It Right!
- Most Popular Affiliate Programs that Integrate with Wishlist Member
- The Most Popular Plugins & Services that Integrate with Wishlist Member
- How to Protect Your Videos to be Viewed by Members Only
Wishlist Member Dedicated Plugins for You
We have created a complete repository of Wishlist Member dedicated plugins developed by both Wishlist Products, the company behind Wishlist Member plugin, themselves and by 3rd-party companies such as HappyPlugins.com (our company).
In the repository you will find different types of plugins, including:
- Content Plugins – Get more control over your membership site’s content, enhance it and make it even more powerful using these powerful content plugins
- Members Plugins – Create a thriving community, increase your members’ satisfaction and engagement using these powerful plugins
- Registration Plugins – Increase the number of registrations to your membership site and prevent cancellations using these powerful registration plugins
- Administration Plugins – Manage your membership site’s structure and design to empower it for your members using these administration plugins
- Affiliates Plugins – Maximize your membership site’s revenues by offering a powerful affiliate resources and tools for your affiliates using these plugins
- Wishlist Member & WooCommerce Plugins – Integrate your Wishlist Member membership site with WooCommerce platform quickly and easily in just i-click!
- Wishlist Dedicated Guides – Premium guides about membership sites in general and Wishlist Member in particular to enhance your membership site
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