#1 Free Membership Management Software for Small Organizations

Membership January 31, 2017

Terry Ibele

By Terry Ibele

Thousands of small and medium-sized organizations from around the world use WildApricot's software to manage their memberships completely free (we're also the #1 most popular provider too).


That’s because WildApricot is one of the few membership management software providers who offer a completely free account to small organizations for as long as they need it.

In fact, WildApricot's free accounts are designed for small organizations of less than 50 members, or organizations that are just starting out.

Read on to find out how to open your free account, what you can do with it, and how to get help to grow your organization.


A Two-Minute Overview of WildApricot's Free Membership Management Software

Note: If you have a WordPress website, WildApricot easily integrates with WordPress to create a robust membership website with online payments, events, and a full contact database.


All the Features You Need

With a WildApricot's free membership management software you can:

1) Create and update your own membership website

  • Pick from your choice of WildApricot’s professionally designed website themes
  • Create a members-only access area requiring members to login
  • Upload resources like reports, guides, and courses
  • Add social media feeds, a blog, or a forum
  • Create a membership directory and more

2) Create and manage your own membership database

  • Add and update member records
  • Search and filter members
  • Create groups of members and set up membership levels (free only)

3) Create free events with online registration

  • Schedule as many free events you like
  • Add an events calendar to your site
  • Customize registration pages and forms
  • Send automated confirmation and reminder emails

4) Easily communicate with your members 

  • Choose from any of our professionally designed email and newsletter templates
  • Send as many emails and newsletters as you like
  • Easily email different groups of members
  • Customize your automated welcome email

Free WildApricot accounts do have limitations

  • Max number of administrators: 1
  • Max contact database size (members and email contacts combined): 50
  • Single file size limit: 100 MB
  • Total file storage limit: 100 MB
  • Online or recurring payments: No
  • Custom domain name: No
  • Banner ads appear on the top of every website page
  • Free accounts left unattended for 90 days will be deleted

The Best Thing About WildApricot’s Free Account

Free membership management software from WildApricot is perfect for any small organization that wants to grow, because it frees up a lot of the administrative work when it comes to updating and managing your members, events, and communications, allowing you to focus on promoting your organization to bring in more members.

Another great thing about WildApricot is that we provide many free resources for organizations looking to grow. Here are a few that most nonprofits find very helpful:

Once your organization grows beyond 50 members, you can consider upgrading to a paid account to access the full capabilities of WildApricot’s powerful membership management software including:

  • Allowing beyond 50 members and contacts
  • Giving access to more administrators
  • Accepting online payments and donations for memberships and events
  • Automating recurring payments for member dues
  • Using a custom domain name
  • Increasing your file storage limit
  • Removing the banner ads from the top of your website

View additional details of all WildApricot's plans here.


How to Get WildApricot's Free Membership Management Software:

To get started, simply click the yellow free trial button located at the top of every page on the WildApricot website, or click here.

 Free membership management software

Once you’ve done this, you’ll be taken to a registration page where you can enter your account details. Once you click submit, you’ll activate a free 30-day trial of the paid version of WildApricot’s software. This means that you will have all the access to all the functionality that our paid clients receive for 30 days.

Your free membership management software isn’t fully activated yet.

At the end of the 30 days, you’ll receive warning that your trial account will expire unless you upgrade. To activate your free account, simple let the trial expire. WildApricot will automatically turn your trial account into a limited free account that lasts as long as you need it to. All the information you entered during your trial period will be saved and accessible in your free account.

If you'd like to see what kind of membership website you can build with WildApricot, here are 25 examples of customer websites.

Or, if you need to pitch it to your board first, here are some tips on how to do so. 


Free Help Getting Setup

If you need any help setting up your free account, WildApricot provides unlimited, free support. You can browse our online help wiki, email us, or get in touch with a live tech support agent.


Start Your WildApricot Free Membership Management Software Account Today

Stop using multiple systems, which don't integrate with one another, and start using an easy all-in-one system.

Free Membership Management Software

In just an afternoon you can have your whole membership website up and running and your member database imported so you can focus on growing your organization right away.

Click here to open your free membership management software account with WildApricot now.


Additional Resources:

The Membership Growth Report:

Benchmarks & Insights for Growing Revenue and Constituents

Get the report now!

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  • tony wemton:
    We sure need a platform like this, but we help poor micro small businesses to grow and we mean the very low caste, can you grant us a waiver on the free platform please admin??
  • Terry Ibele

    Terry Ibele:
    Hi Tony,

    For this situation it's best to call our Sales department and discuss your specific needs with us. In the mean time, I'd suggest to start a free trial and see if the software is a good fit for you. We do have many organizations who are able to use the free version of our software to fit their needs: https://www.wildapricot.com/contact-us

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