How to Build a Membership Site with Kadence

Building a successful WordPress membership site is important to help gain, grow, and maintain members. In this post, we’ll cover how to put it all together with the combination of Kadence theme and Restrict Content Pro.

Restrict Content Pro is a premium plugin that allows you to limit access to any WordPress page, post, or custom post type. With Restrict Content Pro, you can also create an unlimited number of membership plans — including paid ones — and restrict access to content based on a user’s membership.

Getting Started: Building Your WordPress Membership Site

If you don’t already have Kadence Theme installed, you’ll want to start there. Kadence is available to download for free, or you can install it directly in WordPress on the Appearance → Themes → Add New screen.

From there, you can purchase Restrict Content Pro directly from their website. Once you have the .zip file, you can add it to your site by going to Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin and drag the .zip file into the Choose File box and click Install Now.

Configuring the Restrict Content Pro Plugin

You can find all the settings you’ll need in the WordPress Dashboard under Restrict. This is where you can add your specific memberships, create discount codes, and track your member payments.

Restricting Content in WordPress

To get started, you can create a regular WordPress Page or Post. There will be an option at the bottom to Restrict this content with a dropdown menu of options.

From here, you can select what membership or access level you want to view the content.

If you’d like to restrict access to all pages or posts, you can use the Restrict Access submenu located under each post type in the WordPress Dashboard.

You can also restrict portions of content on a page with the [restrict] shortcode.  

So it’ll look something like this on the backend:

Logged out users will see this:

Designing the Page with Kadence

Once you have your membership page set up, you can begin designing the page with Kadence.

You can use Kadence’s prebuilt design library to add images and Kadence Blocks, which include a few pricing option images that you can customize to entice users to purchase one of your membership levels.

Then head over to the WordPress Customizer by clicking Customize at the top toolbar and click the Page Layout option.

You can use the General tab to make all of your layout changes and the Design tab to make any color changes that you’d like. Don’t forget to hit Publish once you’ve made your changes.

The final product will look something like this for your logged out users:

Now you’re all set up to build your membership site with Kadence and Restrict Content Pro!

Want to learn more? Now you can try Restrict Content Pro before you buy.