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Using Membership Plugins

With any WordPress.com site, you can create a membership website by making use of site privacy settings. You can follow our tutorial to set that up.

On the WordPress.com Business and eCommerce plans, you have access to more advanced options for creating a membership website by choosing to install one of the many membership plugins.

Once you have installed a membership plugin, it may be necessary to change some settings on your site to support a membership flow.

Setting a Password in WP-Admin

The instructions from this guide are referring to the WP Admin dashboard. You can get to this dashboard by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site’s url (e.g.: example.wordpress.com/wp-admin)

By default, you will never be asked to log into WP Admin because we automatically recognize your WordPress.com account. A membership plugin can interfere with this flow, so it can be a good idea to set a password for WP Admin. Here’s how:

  1. Go to WP Admin → Users → Your Profile
  2. Scroll down to Account Management
  3. Click Generate Password
  4. Keep your password somewhere safe!

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Disable WordPress.com Secure Sign On

Go to My Site → Manage → Settings → Security. Under WordPress.com log in, you can turn on or off the option to allow your users to log in to your site using a WordPress.com account.

Turning this off may be a required step for your membership functionality to work, depending on which plugin you have installed. If you have set up a login flow and discover that you reach a WordPress.com login screen rather than the login screen provided by your membership plugin, it’s likely you need to disable WordPress.com Secure Sign On.

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