Powering Thousands of Membership Sites.
Over 12 Years Development.
Check out this timeline of how we’ve spent the past 12 years growing and evolving into the most used membership plugin for WordPress today.
In 2010, Kim and Jason Coleman started the foundation of Paid Memberships Pro. It soon took shape as an independent business.
On July 5, 2011, PMPro is released in the WordPress.org Plugin Repository.
By January 2014, the plugin was growing enough to support our first two full time team members in a hybrid support and development role.
Next up in May 2015, we completely refreshed our website and rebranded with a new logo for PMPro.
By July 2015, Kim and Jason wanted to work on the plugin full time, but the revenue wasn’t ideal for that just yet. The plugin is now at 40K active installs. We finally landed on a premium package that fit: the Plus membership level launched and was finally able to support the PMPro founders full time.
In March 2016, the platform needed for additional support staff and a marketing team. Andrew and Travis joined the team.
In Fall 2017, we tested our first Black Friday sale, then ran another sale in Summer 2018. Sales helped us develop and launch a new product for running sales on WordPress sites: Sitewide Sales.
In October 2018, we released the Memberlite theme designed specifically for membership sites.
In January 2019, PMPro v2.0 was launched! This update gave existing sites better access to the most important actions and helped new sites know “what you need to do” on day one. PMPro reached 80K+ active installs and 1K Twitter followers. The product was on pace to make $70k per month in 2019.
In April 2019, the family needed to grow a little bit. Travis designed and hatched our mascot, Nugget! She lays golden eggs to help you grow your nest.
By July 2020, we continued to develop and update our core plugin, Add Ons, and so much more.
In June 2021, we started to focus on use cases and launched a native Courses for Membership Add On.
In 2022, we released PMPro v2.9! This huge release added User Fields settings, Level Templates, and more ways to simplify starting and running your WordPress membership site.
In 2023 and beyond, we will continue to focus on our users: we will improve our core plugin and Add Ons so anyone can create a successful, profitable business with Paid Memberships Pro.