Memberlite Now Available in the WordPress Theme Directory

Memberlite is a theme we designed exclusively for membership sites and it is tightly integrated for use with Paid Memberships Pro. If you don’t already have Memberlite, you can now install it directly via your WordPress Dashboard. To install, go to Appearance > Themes > Add New and search for “Memberlite”.

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This has been a long journey.

Two years ago, we made the decision to work to release Memberlite in the Theme Directory. It hasn’t been an easy or quick path. The Theme Directory has incredibly high standards and a sizable queue of themes to be reviewed.

After a 6-month wait, one unsuccessful review, an in-depth paid review by, another 3-month wait, and this latest review from the WordPress Theme Review team, Memberlite is now available through your WordPress dashboard.

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I have a huge amount of respect for the theme review process and the volunteers who regularly review themes for

Along the review process, we made several passes over the entire code base of Memberlite and learned a lot along the way. Over the past two years, I watched as the standards got higher, the tools got better, and the process got faster. The themes available for free from are some of the best, most well-vetted themes available for WordPress. Memberlite is better for having gone through this process. All of our code is better for having gone through this process.

Regarding Updates

We just released the latest version of Memberlite (v4.2) to both our own upgrade server and the Theme Directory. You should see a notice to update to version 4.2 in your dashboard under Dashboard > Updates.

All users should be able to safely update to the latest version of the theme. If you have an older version of Memberlite, please check that you have installed and activated the Memberlite Shortcodes and Memberlite Elements plugins. These plugins replace some functionality that had to be moved out of the theme itself as part of the review process. Backing up before updating is always a good idea.

This version 4.2 update may come from our servers or via the update server. In both cases, your Memberlite theme will be using the same code. After this upgrade, all future theme updates will be delivered directly through the servers.

Memberlite Theme in Customizer

A special note for our support-level members:

If you are a premium member of this site or for Paid Memberships Pro, thank you for your support.

There is no required change with your account. You will continue to receive updates for Memberlite and the related plugins. You will still receive support from us through the support area on this site. We are currently working on releasing new child themes for Memberlite, which will be made available only to support-level members via this site. If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to us here.

Please Review our Theme

If you’re pleased with how Memberlite has been working on your site, we would appreciate you taking the time to add a review in the theme repository.

A higher rating will help others find Memberlite, and the more users the theme has, the more support we will have in maintaining the theme.


Memberlite Update v3.0.2

Version 3.0.2 of Memberlite theme is out with handful of bug fixes and enhancements.

We are in the process of having the theme reviewed for the Theme Repository, but in the meantime we are still serving theme updates from our PMPro servers. We also posted about this update at Future updates will be posted only at, with maybe a link from the blog at

If you are NOT running an edited version of Memberlite or using Memberlite with a child theme, please update the theme from the updates page of your WordPress dashboard. You can also get the latest version of Memberlite here.

The full list of updates is below.

  • BUG: Fixed issue with update code when PMPro is not installed.
  • BUG/ENHANCEMENT: Now running “do_shortcode” on the “Banner Right” content.
  • BUG/ENHANCEMENT: CSS tweak for input elements in iOS browsers.
  • ENHANCEMENT: Added Narrow Width page template for an 8 column centered main content layout with no sidebar.

Memberlite: Download the Import File to Setup a Demo Site

An import file containing demo content is now available for sites using the Memberlite Theme. The demo content covers basic theme features as well as the shortcodes available in the Memberlite Shortcodes plugin.

Downloading the Demo Content

The demo content file (.xml) is available on the Memberlite Theme website. We’ll continue to update and enhance the demo file as more features are added to the theme or as requests for a demonstration of specific theme features are made.

How to Set Up Your Demo Site

Demo content can be imported into a new or existing WordPress site. Just follow the steps below, omitting any steps that you already have completed for an existing site.

Be sure to make a backup of your site if you already have settings and content that you might want to revert to. [guide]
  1. Install and Activate Theme

  2. Install and Activate Plugins

  3. Import the Demo Content

  4. Set Up Paid Memberships Pro Levels & Pages

    • The theme demo is designed to reference three basic levels. You can simply name them Bronze, Silver, Gold and set any pricing. [level setup docs]
    • After setting up the levels, under the Memberships > Pages tab, click the link to generate the membership pages. [page setup docs]
  5. Assign the Menu

    • Navigate to Appearance > Menus
    • Assign the imported “Primary Menu” to the “Primary Menu” theme location.
  6. Assign the Static Front Page

    • Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Static Front Page
    • Set “Front Page displays” to “a static page”.
    • Assign “Home” to the “Front page”
    • Assign “Blog” to the “Posts page”

Note that you cannot undo the import. If you are working on an existing site, you may want to take a data backup before beginning the steps above.


Sitewide Membership Signup Banners for Memberlite – Three Sample Concepts

Convert more site visitors into members with these three sample callout banners for Memberlite.

There are many creative ways to display an advertisement for membership throughout your site (once I get started coming up with layout ideas I find it hard to stop). I find that an ad at the bottom of your page is a great place to start—it’s a catch all when the reader has reached the end of your content looking for the next page to view.

memberlite_before_footer_upgrade1Banner Sample 1: Membership Callout for Site Visitors and Members of Level ID 1

This demo is designed for a site with two levels: a free level and a support level for $10. The example checks to see if the page bottom banner has already been set; if it is not set, the visitor sees a callout and link to sign up OR upgrade to level ID 2. You can update the recipe with your own messaging and level IDs.

REQUIRES: Memberlite, Memberlite Shortcodes, Paid Memberships Pro.

This code recipe requires a Memberlite Support Membership.

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memberlite_before_footer_upgrade2Banner Sample 2: Advertise Membership Signup for a Single Level + Login Link for Existing Members

This demo features a signup link for a single level as well as a link for existing members to login. The logic checks to see if there is a logged in user or if the page bottom banner has already been set; if neither is true, the visitor sees a callout with a link to sign up for level ID 1 or a link to log in. You can update the recipe with your own messaging and level IDs.

REQUIRES: Memberlite, Memberlite Shortcodes, Paid Memberships Pro.

This code recipe requires a Memberlite Support Membership.

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memberlite_before_footer_upgrade3Sample 3: A Full 3-Column Levels Display for Site Visitors and Existing Level 1 or 2 Members

The final demo shows a full Membership Levels comparison for a site with three levels (or more). We use a model similar to this for our site here at Paid Memberships Pro. There’s a main heading to identify the section, the three levels compared side-by-side, and a link below for existing members to log in.

REQUIRES: Memberlite, Advanced Levels Page Shortcode Add On, Paid Memberships Pro.

This code recipe requires a Memberlite Support Membership.

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If you’re not using Memberlite, check with your theme author to find a similar hook that you can use to add this banner or try this tutorial to insert ads within post content.