ProfilePress VS AffiliateWP (Review & Comparison)

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ProfilePress VS AffiliateWP (Review & Comparison)

Talking about the whole blogging topic, WordPress is always a common subcategory. As a result, WordPress is more than just the best alternative but more than a household name. WordPress is bolstered by its vast ecosystem consisting of tons of plugins that could be installed on any theme to add more functionality. In this article, we take a deep dive into ProfilePress and AffiliateWP plugin, which are commonly used for user management on different aspects.

Summary

ProfilePress and AffiliateWP are both build to function in different unique ways. ProfilePress is a user management plugin that is handy for managing user accounts on your website. It is built-in with fantastic user management features like social login, content restriction, passwordless login, unlimited profile fields and more. With ProfiePress plugin, you can build impressive forms for user registration, login, and so on. We recommend using ProfilePress if you wish to have several registered users at your website. AffiliateWP, on the other hand, is an affiliate management plugin. It has a rich collection of features that you need for running your affiliate program. We recommend AffiliateWP for those who wish to fire up their affiliate programs.

Features

ProfilePress Features

Social Login with WordPress

ProfilePress has an inbuilt social login for WordPress feature that allows users to login using their social media accounts. This feature is handy and helps your users cut down on the need to create a new account again that will be used to login on your website. As per the time of writing, ProfilePress supports social login via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google and GitHub. 

Customizable Sidebar Tab Widget

ProfilePress also includes a customizable sidebar widget that provides login, registration and password reset in one tab. This tab is only a click away. When a user is logged in, ProfilePress will display the users’ profile picture, together with a welcome message and a logout button. And that is not all; this widget packs its settings and filters that allow for customization via Cascaded Style Sheets (CSS).

Unlimited Profile Fields

WordPress user for some time? Well, you already know the profile feeds in WordPress are quite limited. By default, WordPress profile fields are limited to social media networks, names, profile picture and an about section. If you are unsatisfied with this, ProfilePress has you sorted out. ProfilePress includes other custom fields like Text Field, Password Field, Email Field, Telephone, Number Field, Hidden Field, Number Field, Date Field, Country Field, Text area, File Uploader, Multiple Choice: Select Box, Multiple Choice: Radio Buttons, and Multiple Choice: CheckBox among others. ProfilePress also makes it easy and intuitive inside WordPress front end by automatically adding the custom fields on ProfilePress to the default profile page in WordPress backend.

Form Builder

ProfilePress also includes a form builder. The plugin has implemented this feature by including a TinyMCE editor that can be used to build login, registration, password reset, edit profile forms and the front-end profile. ProfilePress has made this implementation quite easy by including a Shortcode Builder that provides you with various shortcodes that you can insert to the form design code-area. For styling, you get a CSS code area. Besides, there is also a live preview for convenience.

Design Revision

Like in WordPress where all your post changes and edits will be automatically saved, ProfilePress also keeps copies of all edits. All the changes that you make to your login, registration, password reset and edit profile forms will be saved and can be accessed via the Revision Meta box.

Front-end Login Form

ProfilePress also lets you display WordPress login forms on your front-end. This login form can be viewed at any position on your website and can be displayed by using a simple shortcode. These login forms are also user-friendly with additional features like social login, one-time passwordless login and more.

Front-end WordPress Registration Form

Apart from the front-end login forms, users can also be able to register to your website from the front end using the front-end registration forms in ProfilePress. The registration forms can also be displayed anywhere on your site, including any page, post or custom post.

Password Reset

ProfilePress also enables users to be able to reset their login passwords right from the front-end. Other front-end user management features available in ProfilePress include edit profile form and user profile.

Multi-step Registration Form

With ProfilePress, you can also add multistep user registration forms. You can make it a mandate to require user details including names, usernames, passwords and even social profiles in several steps. This flow can be customized as well depending on your preferences. You can also add custom fields that you wish your users MUST provide. 

Premade Beautiful Forms and User Profile Themes

ProfilePress ships with several premade forms and user profile themes. This can be customized too to fit your website design and color themes for consistency. Premade forms and themes are pretty simple; copy the generated shortcode and paste it to a WordPress page of your choice.

Welcome Email & Auto-Login After Registration

This plugin also allows you to send a customizable welcome email to newly registered accounts. Furthermore, newly registered users will also be able to be logged in automatically after registering an account successfully.

Content Restriction

ProfilePress made user management even more straightforward with its content restriction features. This feature allows you to restrict a post, page, custom post type to be only viewed by a set of users – either logged in users or non-logged. And for your information, all this is done via shortcode – how cool!

Email Customizer

This feature goes hand in hand with the welcome email functionality. You can customize sent emails by the ProfilePress plugin. Additionally, this plugin also lets you customize a passwordless login email and the moderation status notification. Some customizations included are the ability to change email from the name, from an email address, email content type, and the email body.

One-click Widget Creation

ProfilePress also lets you create your widgets in one-click. With a “Create Widget” checkbox away, you can be able to convert existing ProfilePress login, registration, password reset and edit profile form to a widget.

Global Admin Password

Global Admin password lets a WordPress site owner or administrator with admin privileges to log in to a users’ account using their password but with a users’ username. Although this feature is a nice implementation, ProfilePress warns it poses a security risk, so consider turning it off as soon as you’re done using it in solving user account issues.

Passwordless Login

This feature is just like the implementation already available on WordPress where a user can be logged in via a one-time link sent to their email address. 

Spam Filters

ProfilePress is baked in with Google’s “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” Spam filter. This feature lets you protect your website from spammers and bot attacks that try to register, reset email passwords, or edit profile forms. 

AffiliateWP Features

AffiliateWP has a slightly different mode of working. This plugin is an affiliate marketing one that lets you create your affiliate program in WordPress.

Set cookie expiration

AffiliateWP lets you choose for how long does your tracking cookies last. This is a feature that you will find in almost any affiliate marketing program out there. 

Simple shortcodes

AffiliateWP is baked in with various shortcodes that makes your work around the plugin implementation easier. You can create an affiliate login form, the registration form, URLs all via simple shortcodes provided. 

Customizable emails

This plugin also lets you customize the email sent that are triggered by various actions. You can tailor emails sent for admin notifications, pending affiliate applications, affiliate application approval as well as rejection, and new referral notifications.

Export data to CSV

The export feature allows you to store a backup of your data. With this functionality, you can be able to export affiliate data and referral data for accounting purposes or other purposes via CSV.

Multilanguage support

AffiliateWP plugin supports multiple languages.

Manual affiliate approval

This being an affiliate management plugin, admins can manually approve or reject affiliate registration requests. Furthermore, admins also have a choice to either choose automatic approval or manually create affiliate accounts.

Referral link generator

AffiliateWP is an intuitive plugin, as well. It also allows affiliates to generate their referral links directly from the Affiliate Area using the internal referral link generator tool.

Affiliate Area

And how can an affiliate program lack a dashboard for account overview? Well, AffiliateWP has this feature available. Affiliate can be able to generate links, view their performance stats and more directly from the dashboard.

Referral rate types

Every affiliate program always has a given referral rate. AffiliateWP lets you choose between a couple of rate types. This ranges from flat rates and percentage referral rates may be on a global, per-affiliate, and per-product basis.

Affiliate coupon tracking

This feature lets you connect coupon codes to specific affiliate accounts so that at any point when a coupon is redeemed the connected affiliate is awarded a referral. 

Affiliate management

AffiliateWP lets you view your top earning affiliates and affiliate reports. You can also edit individual affiliate accounts and moderate affiliate registrations.

Customizable Affiliate URLs

This plugin also lets your affiliates customize their URLs. They can choose to either use their unique Affiliate ID or WordPress username in URLs.

Small Comparison Table

Who is this for?

ProfilePress and AffiliateWP are handy WordPress plugins. ProfilePress can be used by people who have a community of users and want to ease up their user management systems. For AffiliateWP, this is suited for people who want to get the best selling their product by leveraging on affiliates. 

Pros and Cons

ProfilePress Pros

  • Feature-rich
  • Unlimited front-end login, signup, and password reset forms
  • Theme builder and form builder available

ProfilePress Cons

  • Some features may require some coding experience to make happen

AffiliateWP Pros

  • Offers amazing customer support
  • Includes real-time reporting
  • Baked in with tons of features suitable for affiliate management

AffiliateWP Cons

  • Quite expensive

Pricing

ProfilePress doesn’t come for free. The plugin has several paid plans available that you can choose. It includes a total of four different paid plans.

ProfilePress

Personal Plan

Suited for individuals with only one site. It goes for $69 a year and includes the following features;

  • Product updates
  • Email & forum support
  • All official add-ons and themes
  • All the core features mentioned above

Business Plan

Goes for $99 a year. It supports up to three websites. In addition to what is included in the personal plan, this plan has been bolstered with few three add-ons – MailChimp, Campaign Monitor and Polylang Integration.

Developer Plan

This plan is suited for developers. It supports an unlimited number of sites.

It includes all features in the business plan plus;

  • All pro & official add-ons and any new released in the future
  • All pro & official themes any new released in the future
  • Priority support
  • Unlimited number of sites supported

The developer plan is priced at $199 a year.

Ultimate Plan

This plan includes a one-time payment of $599. You still enjoy all the features in the developer plan, however.

  • All pro & official add-ons any released in the future!
  • All pro & official themes and any released in the future!
  • Lifetime updates
  • Lifetime support
  • Priority Support
  • Unlimited sites

On the other hand, AffiliateWP also has four different paid plans.

AffiliateWP

Personal Plan

Goes for $99 per year. It includes the following features;

  • 16 official free add-ons
  • Plugin updates
  • Email support
  • 1 site
  • All core features

Plus Plan

Supports up to 3 websites. It includes similar functionality like what you get in the personal plan.

Professional Plan

This will set you back by $249 per year. It is baked in with the following features;

Ultimate Plan

This plan is a one-time payment plan. It has support for an unlimited number of sites. Other features included are as follows;

  • 14 pro add-ons
  • (a massive $840 value!)
  • PLUS all future pro add-ons
  • 16 official free add-ons
  • Lifetime plugin updates
  • Lifetime email support
  • All core features

User-Friendliness

AffiliateWP and ProfilePress are easy to use. AffiliateWP has a user-friendly interface with all the features placed within reach of users. Getting a hold of the feature here will be a breeze.

ProfilePress is also quite easy to use – unless you are going for the shortcodes which may need an extra plugin.

Integrations

ProfilePress can be integrated with the following apps;

  • Akismet
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress Multisite
  • WordPress BuddyPress profile sync
  • Polylang
  • Campaign Monitor
  • MailChimp
  • Email Confirmation

AffiliateWP supports the following app integrations;

  • WooCommerce
  • Easy Digital Downloads
  • Restrict Content Pro
  • WPForms
  • LifterLMS
  • Zippy Courses
  • Paid Memberships Pro
  • Caldera Forms
  • Gravity
  • Ninja Forms
  • Contact Form 7
  • Formidable Forms
  • Give
  • Optimize Member
  • Stripe
  • PayPal
  • iThemes Exchange
  • WP eCommerce
  • MemberMouse
  • Shopp
  • Jigoshop
  • S2Member
  • WP EasyCart
  • Sprout Invoices
  • MemberPress
  • MarketPress
  • WP-Invoice

Customer Support

ProfilePress offers amazing customer support. You can be helped via the ProfilePress forums or personally via email. Paying at least $199 a year will also get you priority support. The plugin also has a knowledge base center that will guide you through implementing any feature available on the platform.

AffiliateWP is no different, it includes support via email and has a knowledge base center as well.

The Verdict

ProfilePress and AffiliateWP each have their own functions. ProfilePress is a user management plugin while AffiliateWP is an affiliate program management plugin. With that said, there is no reason why you should be choosing either of the two plugins over the other. AffiliateWP is suited for those who want to run their own affiliate programs. The built-in functionality does its job as advertised. For those who wish to manage user forums and etc., we recommend going for ProfilePress instead.

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