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I'm looking for Wordpress plugins to replace some antiquated membership software an organization I work with is using. Essentially, we need the following:

Paid Memberships, with the ability to handle different types (like Individual, Family, Corporate, etc)
Events, with the ability to register for events
Member forum

I'm looking into Events Calendar Pro with EventBrite Tickets for the Events, and MemberPress for the membership management.

Anyone used those, or have better suggestions? The organization doesn't mind spending a little money to get what they're after.
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I have not used either. Those are very good choices.  EventBrite is widely used and has many social integrations that people recognize. There are also API's you can access if you were to integrate your own db outside of WP.  The only drawback is it would be nice to price members vs non members for events. 


The only thing I don't like about that combo is there does not seem to be an integration between events and memberships. EventBrite shows https://www.joinit.org/how-it-works as an integration. If that is the case, I would look to that.

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Choosing this type of software requires a good bit of research, as you'll likely have a set of unique requirements.

When I'm choosing plugins for - Membership, LMS, related - I normally scan both these resource first, for latest developments...

1) https://ChrisLema.com

2) WPCrafter YouTube Channel
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One additional consideration, in these days of Cancel Culture is the potential to be dropped or blocked, especially if your events site content relates to Conservative Topics.

This means a starting consideration is if you might be dropped or blocked.

If you fit into this category (many of my clients do), then all events, audios, videos, data files are best completely self-hosted (no 3rd party service used).

Good consideration to keep top of mind, to avoid monetization challenges.
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One additional consideration, in these days of Cancel Culture is the potential to be dropped or blocked, especially if your events site content relates to Conservative Topics.


Sad comment on the state of affairs in our country where we have to be concerned about whether the content is conservative vs liberal. Says more about the folks running those sites, as well as the people who use them, than anything else.


Regardless we're a 501(c)(7) organization devoted to competition barbecue. All we have are articles on bbq, outdoor cooking, event calendars, etc. We have a forum but it's private (and not used very often), and the extent of our postings are news related to event results, BoD minutes, and a handful of other items from the BoD.

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Cancel Culture is the potential to be dropped or blocked

I don't see that as an issue for what you are doing as this is a specialty group where members already know each other or at least about each other. I don't know about conservative vs liberal has anything to do with payment processing and being dropped. What you are selling does. Items like weapons or cbd is where you need to find a processor that knows your business. Again, far from the case here. 


As far as canceling, that is also not an issue as long as there is an easy means to do so that does not create a high percentage of charge backs. 


Getting back on track, It sounds like you do not really need to tie everything together and what you selected is a good choice.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I ended up using Memberpress for membership, and EventsCalender Pro + EventTickets Pro for events and registration.


I also ended up using EndGrid as my email send platform, and I'm using MailPoet as a newletter creator.