We’ve had potential customers reach out to us in the past about a solution for restricting access to members-only pages on non-WordPress sites - they might say "Can you help us build a Wix membership site?" or "We'd like to add a members-only area to our Squarespace site". Some of those creators feel like we’re holding them back and have asked why we won’t offer this solution, so we'd like to explain!
The short answer is this: it’s not that we won’t, it’s that we can’t. We value transparency here at Memberful, and we know that we can’t offer you secure members-only pages on your Wix membership site or your Squarespace membership site, so we want to let you know that.
Some membership site platforms claim to offer secure pages, but that’s just not true - as far as we know, only WordPress works. These protection methods are more of a magic trick, almost smoke and mirrors to divert users away from your members-only content and links, but not truly securing the content.
Squarespace is brilliant for building websites but cannot guarantee content restriction © squarespace.com
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 and Wix. Those sites don’t provide user authentication or content protection integrations. But, if you type 'Squarespace membership site' or 'Wix membership site' into your browser, you’ll find countless membership plugins and solutions claiming to offer members-only content restriction.
Wix will make building a website easy but cannot guarantee to protect your content © wix.com
So why do creators use site builders that can’t protect their content? In short, convenience. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to easily set up a site for your online offering, but choosing convenience over the specific needs of your membership site, isn’t fair to your audience.
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 builder and thinking of a building a Squarespace membership site or something similar with Wix, Weebly, or Leadpages, your best best for safely and securely sharing your content is through a paid email newsletter or a gated discussion forum.
As far as we know, only Wordpress can protect your members-only content © wordpress.com
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.
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