35+ Best Paid Membership & Subscription WordPress Themes 2019
If you’re creating a website that requires a paid membership or subscription element then this collection of WordPress themes can help.
Not only do these themes feature high-quality designs but they also span a wide range of categories. Among the collection, you’ll find themes for creating subscription dating websites, online directories, blogs with paywalls, and fashion model agency portfolios to name just a few.
Most of these themes have been built to integrate seamlessly with the leading paid membership and subscription WordPress plugins, such as Paid Memberships Pro and Restrict Content Pro. Once you’ve activated the appropriate plugin, you can then give your audience the ability to sign up while also controlling which of your users can access your content.
The best paid-membership and subscription WordPress themes include all the templates your site will need, including the user registration, sign-up, dashboard, and submission forms. They also include templates for the other areas of your site, often providing you with multiple homepage designs and article layouts.
Other features to look out for when choosing the best paid-membership and subscription WordPress theme for your project includes whether or not any premium plugins are in the package, such as Visual Composer or Slider Revolution, and if any other plugins are supported, like WooCommerce or WPML for example.
What is a Membership Website?
A membership website is a platform that you offer your customers and visitors the option to register with your website and create an account to gain access to exclusive content.
You can create many different types of membership websites using WordPress, including:
- Online learning websites
- Coaching and mentorship websites
- Music and video streaming websites
- Religious groups websites
- Dating and networking websites
- Paid membership magazines
- Customer support platforms
- And more
4 Tips for Making an Effective Membership Website
Follow these simple tips to make your membership website more effective and successful.
1. Use the Right Membership Plugin
Membership plugin is the third-party tool that you’ll be using to integrate all the important elements of your membership website, like user registration systems, signup forms, pricing modules, and more. Depending on the type of membership site you’re making, you’ll need to pick the right membership plugin for your website.
For example, if you’re making a membership site to sell online courses, an LMS plugin like Sensei is the best choice for you. But if you’re making a magazine blog with members-only content, a plugin like ARMember is a more suitable option for you.
Remember that most premium WordPress themes come bundled with these membership plugins for free.
4. Support for Different Membership Options
When choosing a membership plugin or a membership theme, you should also check to see if it supports the membership options and pricing plans you’re planning to include in your website.
For example, if you’re planning on charging members with recurring subscriptions, look for a plugin that offers such pricing options. If you want to allow customers to signup for a free trial, make sure the plugin offers this feature as well.
3. Integrate bbPress and BuddyPress
BuddyPress and bbPress are two of the most popular WordPress plugins used to create forums, community platforms, and other membership websites. These plugins are required for most membership websites to function.
bbPress is commonly used to create forums, discussions boards, customer support platforms, and more. BuddyPress is more advanced and it’s mostly used to build online communities.
Just make sure the theme you’re buying supports these plugins.
4. Use Page Builders to Design Landing Pages
You’ll need to create lots of landing pages for your membership website. You’ll need landing pages for each course you sell from your website, lead capture pages to grow your email list, sales pages to promote your premium plans, and more.
Thankfully, you can build these pages quite easily using WordPress page builder plugins like Elementor and WPBakery page builder without typing a single line of code.
Try to find a theme built with a page builder to easily build responsive landing pages without breaking your website design.
Best Paid Membership & Subscription WordPress Themes
Seeko - Multipurpose Elementor Membership WordPress Theme
Seeko is a multipurpose membership WordPress theme that includes full compatibility with BuddyPress plugin. It comes with 2 pre-built homepage layouts for a mentoring website and a dating website. Since it’s built with Elementor page builder, you can easily build any type of a membership website using this theme. It also supports Paid Memberships Pro, WPML, and Gravity Forms plugins.Download Demo
Educlever - Education Membership WordPress Themes
Educlever is an education WordPress theme you can use to make websites for schools, colleges, and other academic establishments while also adding a membership system to sell courses online. Built with WPBakery page builder, the theme is compatible with both bbPress and BuddyPress plugins as well as WooCommerce and LearnPress plugins.Download Demo
Vayvo - Media Streaming and Membership WordPress Theme
Vayvo should have everything you’ll need to create an audio or video membership and subscription website with WordPress. Through the functionality of this theme, you can define exactly how your subscribers and members can access your content as well as how they can make their payments. Although this theme is focused on media-related projects, it can easily be adjusted to suit other types of websites.Download Demo
Sacredia - Church and Non-Profit Paid Subscription WordPress Theme
Sacredia will help you build a religious membership and subscription website with WordPress. Although that’s not all it can do. Thanks to the pre-built content in the Sacredia package, this theme is also a good option for creating websites for non-profit and non-governmental organizations that would like to have some kind of membership or subscription component. Thanks to these features, creating fundraising and charity websites is another great use of this theme.Download Demo
Brian - Multi-Purpose Business Paid Membership & Subscription WordPress Theme
Brian is a multi-purpose business WordPress theme with a powerful membership and subscription component. While this is definitely a flexible theme, one way you can use it is to create a listings and directory website that your users must sign up and become members or subscribers of in order to gain full access. As well as the membership functionality, Brian also includes a premium page builder tool to help you personalize your new website.Download Demo
Buddy - Simple Paid Membership and Subscription WordPress Theme
Buddy is a retro theme that aims to simplify the process of creating a membership or subscription website with WordPress. It’s fair to say that the design of Buddy is pretty minimal and clean, making it a good option for a range of projects. Therefore if your site doesn’t fall into any of the categories covered by the other options in this collection of the best paid membership and subscription WordPress themes, or you’d just like your site to have a more neutral look, Buddy could be a suitable choice.Download Demo
Miraculous - Online Music Store Paid Membership & Subscription WordPress Theme
Miraculous is a powerful and modern WordPress theme that allows you to build a feature-rich online music streaming website using the popular CMS. This theme features a beautiful and modern design, which is available in both light and dark variants for offering a smooth user experience. It also has a pricing and subscription system for monetizing your music store website as well.Download Demo
Flocks - Social Networking & Community Paid Membership & Subscription WordPress Theme
Flcoks is a multipurpose membership WordPress theme you can use to make paid membership and subscription websites for social networks, niche groups, and business communities. The theme lets you choose from 8 different theme designs in 2 categories with classic landing page and directory website designs. Thanks to WooCommerce plugin integration you can integrate paid subscription plans as well.Download Demo
TianLock WP - Restrict Content Pro Paid Membership WordPress Theme
TianLock is a powerful magazine-style blogging theme that comes with Restrict Content Pro plugin integration, allowing you to create and deliver premium content to your paid members. With this seamless paid membership integration, you'll be able to charge your members daily, weekly, or yearly basis to deliver your premium content. You can also create an unlimited number of subscription packages and even offer discount codes and coupons.Download Demo
Kalvi Education - LMS Education Paid Membership WordPress Theme
Kalvi Education comes with 9 different premade homepage designs, each with unique designs for building specific types of paid membership websites, such as online learning platforms, coaching programs, academy websites, and more. The theme includes support for several kinds of course and class types. You can also easily customize the page designs using Visual Composer as well.Download Demo
Gwangi - Dating & Matchmaking Paid Membership WordPress Theme
Gwangi comes with a paid membership system made possible by WooCommerce and BuddyPress. While the theme is designed for making a dating website with premium membership plans, you can also customize the design to make other membership sites such as premium community sites and niche social networks. It's also compatible with Paid Membership Pro and LeanDash plugins as well.Download Demo
Course Builder - School & Education Paid Membership WordPress Theme
Course Builder is a WordPress theme made for creating and selling online courses, premium membership sites, and coaching programs. The theme comes with support for Paid Membership Pro in combination with WooCommerce, which allows you to sell subscription-based membership plans with popular payment gateway options. It also lets you choose from 6 different premade designs.Download Demo
Spaces - Creative Paid Membership and Subscription WordPress Theme
Spaces is a creative multi-purpose WordPress theme that can be used for many different types of websites, including a paid membership and subscription site. As well as the pre-built content, thanks to the full integration with the popular Restrict Content Pro plugin, you’ll have everything needed to launch a professional membership site with WordPress and the Spaces theme.Download Demo
Sandy - Landing Page Paid Membership and Subscription WordPress Theme
Sandy Apps is a professional looking theme for promoting and delivering your apps and other products and downloads online. This well-documented WordPress theme has lots of features and pre-built content that make it an attractive proposition. However, the membership and subscription templates, make it a relevant option for this collection of themes.Download Demo
CloudMe - Paid Membership and Subscription WordPress Theme
CloudMe has been designed for creating websites for cloud storage service companies and other file sharing related projects. As well as the four homepage designs and drag-and-drop page builder tool, CloudMe also has support for publishing information about your paid subscriptions and membership plans.Download Demo
DateBook - Dating Paid Membership and Subscription WordPress Theme
Datebook will help you create a fully featured dating website with WordPress. One key aspect of a good dating website is the ability to restrict access to members, while also setting up paid subscription plans. The Datebook WordPress theme has lots of great features to help your dating site become a success, including support for collecting payments from your members.Download Demo
Gazeta - Magazine Paid Membership and Subscription WordPress Theme
Gazeta is a responsive magazine WordPress theme that supports all the best paid membership and subscription plugins. Thanks to this, you can create multiple levels of access to your content and define how your members are charged. Members can also use the front-end forms to manage their own accounts and also submit content if you choose to give them the ability to do so.Download Demo
KickCube - Paid Memberships and Content Sharing WordPress Theme
KickCube is a WordPress theme for creating content-rich websites. The selection of prebuilt demos is ideal for sharing multiple article formats with your audience. KickCube has been built around the powerful Restrict Content Pro plugin giving you the ability to create protected areas of your site that only your members can access.Download Demo
LoveStory - Paid Memberships and Subscriptions Dating WordPress Theme
LoveStory is a good choice for anyone who wants to launch their own membership or subscription dating website. All the features you’d expect to find on a top dating website are included in this theme, along with the ability to charge your users a fee to access some or all of your content.Download Demo
Forte - Writers Paid Membership and Subscriptions WordPress Theme
Forte is another WordPress theme that’s been built to take full advantage of the Restrict Content Pro plugin. As this is a theme aimed at writers, if you have content you’d like to make available only to your members and paid subscribers, Forte could be a good choice. As well as the stylish content layouts, Forte also includes a good set of customization options.Download Demo
Blogary - Paid Content Magazine WordPress Theme
Blogary makes it easy to set some or all of your website as paid content that only your members and subscribers can access. Thanks to the integration with the Paid Memberships Pro plugin, you can handle member profiles, content access, and subscription payments through your WordPress website. Publishing professional looking content isn’t a problem either with Blogary, due to the selection of article templates and page builder tool.Download Demo
Skillfully - Learning Management System WordPress Theme
Skillfully is a learning management system WordPress theme that gives you the option of adding a paid membership and subscription element to your website. As well as creating lessons, courses, and assessments for your users, Skillfully also gives you the ability to integrate with Restrict Content Pro and WooCommerce to sell membership and products from your website.Download Demo
Socialize - Multi-Purpose BuddyPress Membership WordPress Theme
Socialize is a BuddyPress WordPress theme that can be used to create a wide range of online communities. Whether you want to create an open-access website or offer your visitors a paid membership and subscription service, this community building WordPress theme makes it possible. Publishing events and event details in a calendar format is another useful feature of this theme.Download Demo
Quantum - Paid Subscription and Memberships Business WordPress Theme
Quantum is a business WordPress theme that makes it easy to add protected content and private areas to your website. Whether or not you choose to charge your visitors a fee to access this content is up to you, but by combining Quantum with the right plugin you’ll be able to take either approach to handling memberships and subscriptions.Download Demo
OneCommunity - Community e-Learning Paid Membership WordPress Theme
OneCommunity is a good all-round theme for creating websites with a membership component. From social media style community websites to eLearning platforms, OneCommunity has a useful set of features. With support for leading plugins like LearnPress, BuddyPress, and WooCommerce, and premium tools including Visual Composer and Slider Revolution in the package, you should be able to create the unique website your project demands.Download Demo
Real - Membership and Paid Subscription Blogging WordPress Theme
Real is a blogging WordPress theme with a selection of high-quality article templates to really make your content stand out. The Real theme is ready to work with the free Paid Memberships Pro plugin and after activating it on your site, you can easily start controlling access to your blog and its individual pieces of content.Download Demo
Ink - Blogging Membership and Subscription WordPress Theme
Ink is another content-focused WordPress theme that’s a good choice for anyone who wants to sell access to their content or at least restrict who can view it. Restrict Content Pro is the membership and subscription plugin this theme was designed to integrate with, but you should be able to use any suitable WordPress plugin of your choice.Download Demo
Agrodir - Online Directory Subscription WordPress Theme
Agrodir is a directory theme with a focus on retailers and distributors who wish to share their products and services with the world. Through the features of this theme, your target audience can sign up and start publishing their details in your directory. Depending on how you configure your site, Agrodir gives you the option of restricting access to the entire directory or instead, controlling who can add listings to the site.Download Demo
Gilda - Model Agency Subscription WordPress Theme
Gilda will help you create a professional looking model agency website with WordPress. As part of its functionality, you can restrict areas to certain areas of your site, such as the model profiles, and then create paid membership and subscription packages. This not only helps you control who has access to your content, but it can help you generate revenue from your project.Download Demo
Realty - Real Estate Subscription WordPress Theme
Realty has everything you’ll need to launch a successful real estate website with WordPress. All the templates and layouts needed to present properties in the best way possible are included. You’ll also find a good set of customization options to help you ensure your website matches the branding of your business. Visual Composer is included in the package for even greater creative possibilities. Setting up free or paid listing submission and subscriptions packages is an option as well with Realty.Download Demo
Aardvark - Membership and Community BuddyPress Compatible WordPress Theme
Aardvark is a community and membership WordPress theme that’s been built to take full advantage of the BuddyPress plugin. With multiple pre-built demos to choose from that cover a wide range of projects, there’s a good chance that Aardvark will be a suitable option for your website. With a drag-and-drop page builder plugin in the package too, Aardvark is also one of the most flexible BuddyPress compatibility WordPress themes available today.Download Demo
goWatch - Video Community and Sharing BuddyPress Compatible WordPress Theme
goWatch is a video focused community WordPress theme with great BuddyPress support. Whether you’re a vlogger, creating a video directory, or using videos in some other way, this theme and the BuddyPress plugin can help you launch a stylish interactive website in no time at all.Download Demo
MightyMag - Magazine & Community BuddyPress Compatible WordPress Theme
MightyMag is a WordPress magazine and blogging theme that comes with BuddyPress compatibility, allowing you to create a powerful community or forum alongside your blog or magazine website. The theme comes with stylish forums page, members page, and groups designs as well as support for RTL languages, bbPress, and WooCommerce plugins.Download Demo
Lynk - Social Networking and Community BuddyPress Compatible WordPress Theme
Lynk is a social networking and community WordPress theme that’s powered by the popular BuddyPress plugin and its library of add-ons and extensions. The install wizard aims to make it as easy as possible to setup your website, making Lynk one of the best BuddyPress compatible WordPress themes for those new to web design.Download Demo
Listopia - Community Classified and Directory WordPress Theme
Listopia makes it easy to combine social networking features with directory and classifieds website functionality to create a community around your online listings portal. Through the social networking features, your visitors can quickly sign up, create profiles, and start communicating with each other. This makes Listopia a great theme for creating directory websites for events and meetups. However, it can just as easily be used for listing products and services online. The intuitive map builder tool is also well worth a closer look.Download Demo
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