Is your members-only content protected?

Protect your content

We’ve had potential customers reach out to us about a solution for restricting access to members-only pages on non-WordPress sites like Squarespace or Wix. Some of those creators feel like we’re holding back, asking, “why won’t you just offer this solution?” The short answer is this: it’s not that we won’t, it’s that we can’t. Why? Because we value transparency, and we know that we can’t offer you secure members-only pages unless you’re using WordPress. Some membership solutions claim to offer secure pages, but that’s just not true.

These “protection methods” are more of a magic trick, smoke and mirrors to divert users away from your members-only links, but not really securing the content. When accessing your content on these sites, visitors can easily disable JavaScript in their web browser settings and view your content, even if it’s gated. In summary, if you’re looking to protect your members-only content, you should avoid JavaScript solutions.

Choose security over convenience

If you use WordPress and Memberful, you can rest easy knowing your gated content won’t be accessed for free, because we offer 100% secure server-side content protection. However, that same level of security simply isn’t available through popular site builders like Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly. Those sites don’t provide user authentication or content protection integrations. But, if you type “Squarespace membership site” into your browser, you’ll find countless membership plugins and solutions claiming to offer members-only content restriction.

In fact, one of these membership tools even outlines this on their homepage - saying “when adding a Squarespace page url...the page will not be truly secure,” then adding that the JavaScript can easily be bypassed, admitting, “there are ways for people to disable the redirect.” So why do creators use site builders that can’t protect their content? In short, convenience. Look, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to easily set up a site for your online membership offering, but choosing convenience over the specific needs of your membership site, isn’t fair to your audience. Why? Because when you use insecure platforms that make it easy for people to download or access your gated content without paying for it, you’re not only losing out on revenue, you punish your dedicated audience members by making them pay for content anyone who can quickly disable JavaScript can access for free.

If you still don’t want to use WordPress

We stand by the fact that WordPress works best for membership sites, but we get that it isn’t a perfect fit for everyone. So, if you’re using a non-WordPress site builder like Wix, Weebly, or Leadpages you can safely and securely share your content through two methods: a paid email newsletter or a gated discussion forum. That’s it. Again, if you’re interested in restricting access to certain pages or links for members only, may we suggest a quick and basic WordPress site? Because a membership site with WordPress is your only safe bet for securing members-only content.