How is AccessAlly different from MemberPress?
AccessAlly and MemberPress are both WordPress membership plugins that allow you to take payments directly.
This is where the similarities end, and where the differences begin.
How many plugins and add-ons does it take to run a membership site?
The WordPress approach has always been to stitch together multiple plugins and add-ons to get the functionality you want to achieve, and MemberPress is no different.
MemberPress handles basic payments, content protection and membership levels, but you need to invest in additional plugins or install one of 23 add-ons to have a fully functioning course or membership website.
Each new plugin or add-on adds complexity, and in some cases additional costs and headaches because not all plugins are compatible or work together the way you'd expect.
With MemberPress you might need other plugins to do advanced payments and affiliate tracking, deeper integrations with CRMs, a learning management system (LMS), and member directories.
With AccessAlly, you sign up for one tool that seamlessly handles everything from payments, affiliate tracking, course creation, LMS functionality, deep integrations, and member management.
Multiple Currencies, 1-Click Upsells, Affiliate Tracking, all with Abandoned Cart Follow-up
Both AccessAlly and MemberPress integrate with Stripe and PayPal out the box, and do one-time payments or recurring subscriptions with or without a trial period.
With AccessAlly's order forms you also get affiliate tracking built-in, and shopping cart abandonment functionality so you can recapture lost sales. The order forms are mobile-friendly and customizable with a few clicks, and they're available in multiple currencies.
MemberPress doesn't offer multiple currencies with one site, and 1-click upsells aren't possible. On the MemberPress Pro plan you can have affiliate tracking enabled, or you can purchase a 3rd party affiliate plugin.
With AccessAlly you can allow people to switch between subscription plans, offer 1-click upsells and order bumps, and have people update their credit card on file when a card expires or a payment is due.
MemberPress Alternative That Offers 2-Way Integration with Your CRM
MemberPress offers add-ons to do one-way integration with a few email marketing automation platforms or leaves you to figuring things out with Zapier, while AccessAlly was built with an integration-first approach.
In MemberPress, you can enable an integration and then pass the customer's email address onto a list... but you can't do the finely tuned tagging automation that can trigger a campaign or unlock content in both directions.
With AccessAlly’s deep CRM integration, an action inside the membership site can update your CRM's automation tags and when someone clicks an email or segments themselves they can see different content inside the members area.
This deep 2-way street integration makes for more meaningful member interactions, and can increase or reduce the amount of emails people get based on their engagement.
Built-In Learning Management System and Progress Tracking
With MemberPress, you've got to purchase an additional Learning Management System (LMS) like LearnDash or WPCourseware if you want to run a modern online course.
AccessAlly Pro comes with its own built-in LMS so you can track member progress, offer quizzes, unlock content, and autogenerate PDF certificates of completion.
You can also have members submit homework that you can review and give individual feedback on. You can also add video bookmarks for videos, and do advanced automations in your CRM when someone hasn't logged in for awhile or completed a module.
With AccessAlly, you've got the flexibility of a tag-based system, and a beautiful user-friendly front end for students to learn and stay on track.
One Client's Story About Finding a MemberPress Alternative...
“By stepping through the Course Wizard, even before watching your videos, I understand how your software works. In fact, it is the same way I would have done it if I were designing such software. (I have done a lot of software and database development.) I really appreciate what you have done. It is a significant accomplishment.
Your design makes the best use of WordPress, because your method shows how pages become lessons.
One of the best features in AccessAlly, from my perspective, is your use of tags and your direct connection to a CRM. I already use Drip and I find your connections are perfect. It would have been a hookup maze for me to accomplish these connections with other tools. You have saved me a whole lot of time by making things simple.“
Focus on Course Creation and Dripped Content Automation
MemberPress treats all content on your membership site the same: so if you want to organize a course structure with modules and lessons, you're on your own.
From the get go, AccessAlly's Course Creation Wizard does all of the heavy lifting from automatically creating course tags inside of your automation marketing platform, along with modules and lessons, menus, and permissions.
For dripped content, MemberPress allows you to set the schedule and select the pages to unlock along with the emails you might want to send from inside WordPress. It's hard to see visually where people are in a sequence or course.
On the other hand, AccessAlly uses the power of your CRM's automation campaigns so you can see people as they progress through a dripped course, and even pause or segment people automatically.
Cross-Selling Dashboards, Gamification Points, and Automation
If you want to set up a member dashboard that shows members what they have access to and how they can purchase more, with MemberPress you’re out of luck. That’s where AccessAlly’s cross-selling dashboards come in.
AccessAlly makes it possible to create gamified credit systems, where members can earn points for completing quizzes, sharing on social media, or being paid members in good standing. Members can redeem points for bonus content, services, or other goodies.
Plus, AccessAlly makes it easy to do all of the automation your heart desires: follow-up with members who haven’t logged in for awhile, and even show different content on a page based on whether someone has a tag or not.
MemberPress doesn't have any gamification functionality.
Styled Member Directories, and Fully Integrated CRM Member Profiles
AccessAlly began as a course delivery platform, but it has since developed into a full fledged membership plugin for WordPress where the focus is on providing the best experience for members.
That means you can create beautiful searchable member directories, sorted by your marketing automation platform tags. This allows members to opt in or out of your member directory, and even to purchase a premium listing.
You can display these member directories publicly or protect them for members-only. And with AccessAlly’s editable profiles, a member can update their name, email, address, and password… or any other custom field inside of your marketing automation platform.
Everything gets synced between your membership site and your CRM, so there's no missing information when you look up a contact. You can even display gamification points or course progress in a directory.
MemberPress offers no member directory.
Individual Expiring Coupons and Gorgeous Affiliate Centers
MemberPress allows you to create expiring coupons and set limits, but if you want to run evergreen promotions you'll need to purchase another scarcity-style plugin.
With AccessAlly you can create any number of coupons, including ones that are generated for each person and set to expire after a set time. This makes it easy to have an effective funnel.
You can also display all of the affiliate stats and links that you need to offer to your affiliates, by building a beautiful affiliate dashboard right inside of your AccessAlly membership site. Affiliates are regular members, they just have an additional tag to give them access to their promotional tools.
Clients Share Their Experience with AccessAlly vs. MemberPress
“I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to the AccessAlly team. I've gone from not knowing what Learning Management System to buy to having 2 of our courses on AccessAlly with Ontraport going live this morning! And they look better than ever!
For anyone out there not yet sure whether to go for it, I would say DO! We came from a Squarespace site with Mailchimp, and I knew absolutely nothing about WordPress (still don't really), a CRM system or AccessAlly, and have done all the work myself with really fast and solid support from the AccessAlly team. I can't sing everyone's praises highly enough.
Oh, and by the way, our two relaunched courses on our new AccessAlly platform? Clients just love it, and we’ve just won a MAJOR UK consultancy/accountant contract to do team licensing… in no small part thanks to the platform we can now offer.“
solution that comes to mind
“Hands down the sophistication. I’ve used most membership softwares on the market but I needed something special, high class, sexy for this latest venture. Only one name came to mind: AccessAlly.“
Should I use AccessAlly or MemberPress?
MemberPress might be right for you if…
- You have a simple recurring membership you want to run, and don't plan to offer any online courses
- You don't need deep integration with your CRM or prefer not to follow up differently with people based on their actions in your membership site
- You're comfortable with the "more plugins and add-ons" philosophy and maintaining them all
- You have an existing payment system that integrates, or you're fine with a very basic option without 1-click upsells, abandoned cart follow-up, or multiple currencies
AccessAlly might be right for you if…
- You want everything to work seamlessly from one end to the other (payments, courses, and memberships) with as few plugins as possible
- You’re looking to create an amazing customer experience, that’s functional, profitable, and helps you stand out in the marketplace
- You know keeping your client information centralized inside your CRM will help you scale
Your workflow on AccessAlly vs. your workflow in MemberPress:
- Install the plugin on your WordPress membership site
- Run through the on boarding wizard to integrate
- Create your first course with the Course Wizard
- Set up your marketing automation campaign
- Add your content, quizzes, and more with the shortcode adder
- Install the plugin on your WordPress membership site
- Install an add-on for your CRM (if there is one)
- Install your LMS plugin, order form plugin, member directory plugin, etc.
- Set up your different plugins to make sure they work together
- Create membership levels and WordPress pages one at a time, manually create your menus
- Customize look and feel of the built-in emails that MemberPress sends
- Start adding content to your site
See how AccessAlly and MemberPress Features Compare:
We’re a digital marketing software company built by marketers and software engineers. With our particular background and expertise, we’ve designed AccessAlly to give you everything you need in an easy to use, powerful package.
|Built-in Stripe and PayPal one-time or recurring payments|
|Protected membership content|
|Dripped content, trial periods, free levels|
|Tax calculation and affiliate functionality||
|Deep Integration with ActiveCampaign, ConvertKit, Drip, Infusionsoft, Ontraport|
|Multiple currencies, automated expiring coupons, and order bumps|
|Cart abandonment follow-up, cross-selling dashboards, with 1-click upsells|
|Course builder, which automatically creates tags, pages, and menus|
|Progress tracking, video bookmarks, and progress-based unlocking content|
|Multiple types of quizzes, and autogenerated certificates of completion|
|Searchable member directories and editable custom fields through profiles|
|Homework submission, and Snappy Login Links™|
|Gamification where members can earn points, and activity-based automation, login tracking|
|Licensing with Teams/Umbrella Accounts|
The True Cost of MemberPress
When choosing a course or membership platform, looking at MemberPress vs. AccessAlly pricing boxes can be deceiving.
With MemberPress, which only handles membership permissions, you'll need to add on an LMS, and possibly more advanced order forms and Zapier integration to work with your CRM.
Your business needs likely go beyond simply gating content, so with MemberPress you'll end up adding additional tools (each with an added cost!) to make things work the way you need them to.
AccessAlly Pro comes in at half the price, with no add-ons required.
MARKETERS ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE LOVING ACCESSALLY
“I wanted something that looked good and worked well for my clients. We have used other membership platforms, but I love the flexibility of AccessAlly and the support when needed. In 17 years doing virtual support I really think you have hit it on the head with a fabulous tool for membership sites AccessAlly, well done!
The biggest reasons AccessAlly stands out?
- The look of the membership site
- Ease of adding audio/video
- Branding options on the site
- Your own website versus someone else's hosted platform
AccessAlly is an amazing tool!“
“I've tried a TON of different membership softwares and AccessAlly is by far and away the best-looking, most functional and most strategic one.
I was so fed up with my last membership site because the user-interface was terrible for my clients (and it didn't look good, which bothered my over-achieving perfectionist self).
Now, I've gotten an unbelievable amount of customer feedback from my clients telling me how much they absolutely love it... and I do too!“
“When I was planning a complete rebrand of my program the e-Course Launch Formula I looked at pretty much everything on the market as I had some very specific needs.
The reason I chose AccessAlly was because it integrates seamlessly with Infusionsoft, has some awesome learning management functionality like checklists and also has the potential to become a membership hub for my business with multiple programs in the one place.
I've used other Infusionsoft specific platforms but this really is the best on the market. My team has also successfully added a great membership directory for my students to find and connect with potential affiliates and contributors for their e-Course. I am so glad that I picked AccessAlly and my students are over the moon at what it offers for their learning experience!“
Migrating from another WordPress membership plugin like MemberPress to AccessAlly is easy
With the AccessAlly migration wizard, you can take an existing WordPress membership site and convert existing members easily.
Similarly, you can also import members directly from your marketing automation platform, and AccessAlly’s migration wizard will ensure all of your members have the right tags and permissions.
Then you can run through the Course Creation Wizard to import existing course content, and you’ll be ready to showcase your new members area.
Who uses AccessAlly?
AccessAlly is a MemberPress alternative, that’s powerful enough for developers, but designed for marketers.
It’s the go-to all-in-one solution for all of your course and membership site needs.
Have more questions? Talk with a friendly customer success team member.