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Mapping MembersPress User Levels with Simple:Press
Indiana, USA
71 Posts
Apr 9, 2020 - 11:16 pm


A few years ago, Yellow Swordfish and Mr Papa were able to help me connect MagicMembers to Simple:Press through minor customization.  We proceeded to renewed Simple:Press again, where presales indicated there would be support to do so with MembersPress.

What we need is the same guidance to connect the membership levels in MembersPress to appear as mappable selections from Simple:Press.

Thanks for your assistance.
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Simple Press
394 Posts
Apr 9, 2020 - 11:28 pm


Can you clarify – are you saying that someone in pre-sales promised you free customization?


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Indiana, USA
71 Posts
Apr 11, 2020 - 4:42 am

No, I didn’t say that at all!!!

I was informed that Simple:Press could be mapped to with MembersPress, that it was possible. So we renewed. Now we need to know how that is achieved, as Yellow Swordfish and Mr Papa kindly assisted in the past with MagicMembers. I recall it was a simple addition of some code. Thanks.

Simple Press
394 Posts
Apr 11, 2020 - 1:40 pm

“Simple addition of code” is free customization.  We have a strict policy against writing code for free because its never “simple”.  While that may have been something done in the past, its not something we do now – some hard lessons were learned there. So I dug into the email communications to see what was discussed.

What we said to the memberpress question was this:

“For any membership plugin, the answer is the same.  If they use WordPress roles to control their membership then you can control access to the forums using those same roles – including making the forum read-only for some roles and read-write for others.”

And that makes sense.  Since we don’t have a license for Memberpress nor are we MemberPress experts, we can’t provide detailed guidance on what to do on their screens.  Hence the “if” part of that answer. 

So, assuming that the MemberPress plugin assigns normal WordPress roles to users based on their memberships, you can link those roles to Simple:Press.

So, for example, lets assume that you configure MemberPress to assign the WordPress role “PREMIUM” to a certain class of members.  On the Simple:Press side of things, you would go to FORUM->USER GROUPS->MAP USERS TO USER GROUP.

In that screen you should see a section for the PREMIUM WordPress user role.  You can assign that role to a Simple:Press group.  Now, when users are added to that role, it should grant them the membership in Simple:Press (assuming that MemberPress uses the WordPress APIs when assigning roles and not going directly to the WP database).


Indiana, USA
71 Posts
Apr 13, 2020 - 5:22 am


Yes, I had already examined the mapping option, thus the reason I emailed for support. I’m not a newbie.

MemberPress has it’s own tier structures that supercedes WordPress limited roles, just as does any other membership system I have used. It does require some development to create a script to map the fields, but it was a simple snippet that served the purpose.

This newer version of Simple:Press seems buggy (since v5.7.5.3). No matter what permission set is assigned, no one can click New Topic to create a topic, not even the administrator?  Yes, I triple checked all the permissions.  When I inspect the source, its value it is: == $0. 

When clicking on Profile when logged in, then any of the links under “Overview” on the left, we get Times Roman text on a white background without formatting?

While in the profile, clicking the menu item Permissions, to the left is the link view. Just like New Topic, when the ‘view’ is clicked, nothing happens. When I inspect the source, its value it is: == $0

I notice another user was frustrated at all the bugs and I am there too: https://simple-press.com/suppo…..a-forum/  Yellow Swordfish and Mr Papa was always helpful, and solved any problem.

I asked when renewing if BBPress was the better option and assured it wasn’t, but I am not so sure now.

I need help with these problems! Thanks.


63 Posts
Apr 30, 2020 - 6:33 am

Hi Steven,

I’m rebuilding a site that uses Memberpress that integrates Simple-Press for forum access.

I have a multi-tier membership that maps across to Simple Press for appropriate access to forums depending on membership. It was a bit of a pfaff to get my head around originally, but I have it working with SP 6.5.1 using WP user-roles to link WP-to-SP and then, within Memberpress, you can add an additional user-role to a membership.

Feel free to DM me if you are still looking to get this setup working for you.

(Sorry, I can’t help with the style issues)


Simple Press
394 Posts
Apr 13, 2020 - 5:37 am


For the issues with clicking and formatting, have you tried clearing the browser cache? Its likely that some old JS or CSS is stuck in there.  The fastest way on most browsers is to use the CTRL-F5 key combination.  It will clear out the browser cache for that site and force the browser to retrieve all elements from the server.

Also, please make sure that you are excluding the FORUM page from all WordPress, Webserver and CDN caching.  Caching that page can also result in some similar symptoms to what you’re describing.

If these suggestions doesn’t work then we’ll have to assume there’s a conflict somewhere with another plugin or theme.  I can describe the steps for checking for conflicts if the first couple of ideas above don’t remedy the issue.


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