The Sweet Plugin: Members


Today’s Sweet Plugin extends the user management system within WordPress to make the modification of user roles, capabilities, and permissions really simple. If you’ve ever been interested in membership sites, or tweaking capabilities on your WordPress site, you should really sit through this episode.

The video is embedded at the top of this post’s page, with more about the plugin below.


Members is a well structured, well thought out plugin that really feels like a natural extension of WordPress. It makes the process of adding new user roles, tweaking capabilities of user roles, and restricting content to certain user roles very, very easy. I recommend it to any friends who are considering various membership solutions for their WordPress sites. If you do any work in that field at all, you must look at Members.

Members was recently updated from 0.1 to 0.2, and saw some nice improvements. I’m really looking forward to the future development of this plugin.

Video recorded with version 0.2 of Members, running WordPress 3.1.3.

About the plugin author

Justin Tadlock developed Widgets Reloaded. He is also one of the authors behindĀ Professional WordPress Plugin Development, as well as theĀ Hybrid theme framework.

It likely feels like just yesterday we were looking at one of Tadlock’s plugins. Odds are we’ll come back around to his other plugins too. He does great work!

Is your plugin worthy?

If you would like to see your plugin featured on an episode of The Sweet Plugin, send your plugin information over to [email protected]. We’ll see you tomorrow for another Sweet Plugin!

11 thoughts on “The Sweet Plugin: Members

  1. Justin did a great job on this plugin and my opinion helps out with the lack of features built into WordPress for user control. My only concern, is it has not been updated since 2009. So is it still secure and up to date with standards/security.

  2. The date on for the plugin is Last Updated: 2009-9-22 or am I missing something.

    • I’ve seen that problem a few times on the plugin repository with various plugins. I’m guessing it’s a caching issue on or something related.

  3. Hi,

    This plug-in seems to be useful.
    Can I use it to create a “private website”: only registered users can see the menu and the content?

    Thank you!

  4. Members is a fantastic plugin, especially for the role management capabilities. We highly recommend it to all of our users and built integration for it directly into Gravity Forms to allow users to control what can and can’t be accessed via role management. Kudos to Justin for the great work.

    • Thanks, Carl. We’ve been doing some awesome stuff with Gravity Forms and Members lately at DevPress. We’re still ironing out some bugs, but we’re hoping to release some of this code back to people who want to build powerful membership sites.

  5. Agreed, this is a thoroughly useful plugin. The only thing I wish it could do is pick up on all menu items that get added by new plugins (such as Subscribe To Comments) and allow you to check/uncheck them for lower user roles. Can this be done? I can’t find the hook for this particular menu item at the moment…

  6. This is another excellent plugin by Justin Tadlock. It really is a kick butt piece of work. To be honest, I’m yet to actually find a use for it, but I’ve installed, had a poke around under the skin, and was thoroughly impressed. I recommend it regularly to anyone who needs this sort of functionality. It blows all it’s competitors clear out of the water.

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