The Internet is a network of networks with a collection of a huge range of websites. Some types of websites such as social networking, communities, forums, blogging, and e-learning are the most popular and common websites. One of them is a type of private community where the admin wants their members to access the site’s content only after registration. The Guest users will only be able to see the Registration page and cannot access other pages of the community.
BuddyPress Members Only plugin is one of the best BuddyPress plugins that allows doing this very easily. WordPress makes it very easy to create any type of website within just a few clicks. BuddyPress Members Only plugin is free in the WordPress market but a pro version is also available which offers more features for your BuddyPress social network.
Features of BuddyPress Members Only
- BuddyPress Login Redirects
- Lock BuddyPress community entirely
- Protect BuddyPress pages only
- Page-Level Protection
- Restrict Custom Post Types
- Hide WordPress Login Link
- Knowledge Base for Plugin Support/Documentation
Features of BuddyPress Members Only Pro
- Restrict BuddyPress Standard Components
- Restrict BuddyPress Customized Components
- Menu Visibility Control
- Approve Users
- Login/Logout Redirect based on User Roles
- Restricts Site RSS Feed
- Access Control for BuddyPress Site
BuddyPress Members Only In-Depth Review
#1 BuddyPress Members Only Components
You can access BuddyPress Members Only components settings from wp-admin > BuddyPress Members Only > BuddyPress Members Only
Register Page URL
This option needs a specific page URL to redirect Non-Logged in members to this page. In other words, when a guest user tries to visit any BuddyPress pages then he/she will be redirected to this page. It can be your registration page or any other page.
Opened Page URL
The Page URLs specified in this option will be the pages that guest users will be able to access and they will not be redirected to Register Page URL.
Redirect Logged in Users to
This setting allows selecting a page from the drop-down and redirecting the registered users to that page every time after a successful login.
Only Protect My BuddyPress Pages
As the name suggests, if you check this option then the plugin will provide redirection protection to only BuddyPress pages, otherwise, it will lock the website completely. But the Homepage, Login, Register, Forgot Password page will still be accessible.
Temporarily Turn Off All Features
Enabling this option will temporarily disable all of the features of BuddyPress Members Only plugin.
Enable Page Level Protect
You can also allow guests to access particular pages. Allowing this option will display a protection meta box named “Members Only for this page?”
Custom / Hide WordPress Login link
You can also change the predefined WordPress login link to your preferred url. Just specify the slug for the url and you are done.
#2 Restrict Post Types
BuddyPress Members Only plugin also offers you to restrict custom post types for guests as well. Restrict Custom Post types settings can be accessible from wp-admin > Buddypress Members Only > Restrict Custom Post Types.
By default, Every custom post type will be restricted when the plugin is activated but you can select easily which custom post type should be open for guests.
#3 Knowledge Base
You can find the Knowledge Base section in wp-admin > BuddyPress Members Only > Knowledge Base. Here you will get the answers to all of your questions regarding this plugin. It gives you information about every component of this plugin. Furthermore, you can also submit a support ticket online to get help from the developers.
In the end, we would like to say that, this plugin is worth giving a try if you want a private BuddyPress community. It just extends all of the private community features very elegantly and with its pro version, it’s definitely a steal.
This plugin has over 2000+ Active Installations and its premium version is available at a very affordable price. If you have any questions then you can ask in the comment section below. Thanks for Reading!