It’s actually pretty easy to set up a membership using a wordpress plugin like wishlist or memberpress
once you install it, you simply “protect” whichever blog posts you only want members to see.
It’s really easy, and you don’t need to have someone do it for you – in fact, even if someone were to come to me with a million dollars to spend building their business, I would want them to take the time to build their own membership so they know exactly how it works.
I’m planning to use OptimizeMember as my membership script. It comes with OptimizePress, which lets you design landing/aqueeze pages, launches and membership (which is where OptimizeMember comes in. I got it about a couple of years ago when it came out. Here’s their website: http://www.optimizepress.com/ Once I get everything together and organized, I hope to have a membership section called Victory Institute that would teach members how to overcome the issues that get in the way of victory and a victorious lifestyle. For me, that means it goes beyond material success, but that we evolve beyond what we are now to what we can become. I want my members to not just work with me, but with each other. My slogan is “Together, we can achieve the victory lifestyle”
I purchased Paid Memberships Pro last year and it worked great. Now they have upgraded it and are only protecting posts instead of pages. Their support is only for Premium members so I’m left guessing how to do this stuff. The site looks pathetic and they are recommending their paid theme to make it look decent. I paid the annual $97 last month (remembering how easy it was to use before) but now I’m wondering if I should cut my losses and go to an easier to use platform.
I am willing to pay for a good platform so I’m not locked into the FREE model. I tried out ClickFunnels which is super super sweet – but also extremely pricey.
Sean and anyone else – any suggestions? The $220+ price tag per month for Clickfunnels is too much for me (I don’t have any subscribers yet) Please only suggest stuff you guys have personal experience with.
Hi, Sharon, I haven’t chosen one yet, but depending on what you really want to do, you probably only need one membership site plugin.
I can see you want to protect pages and articles. I think just about any of them, including the freebies, will give you “levels” that you can choose. On one I checked, instead of the levels “increasing” they were independent. That would be good for several different memberships similar to what I want to do.
One “level” could be labeled “weight loss” and another “Chicken Farming” and I could have two different subscriptions. Or the person could choose both.
Most people use levels, and that’s probably your style. A free membership allows some content to be displayed to freebies, and the more they pay, the more content is exposed to your members.
So it’s really pretty versatile, it just doesn’t link to JVZoo like I want, LOL.
You’ll really have to just read them and see what features they have at what cost. Then, use the one that fits your needs.
I’ve used membersonic on a couple of sites and it seems to be pretty good. It has a lot of payment options, a nice dashboard, and integration with most popular autoresponders. It currently sells for $97 and is definitely worth it.
I like the ease of use that Clickfunnels has. The drop and drag interface. I will be doing lots of videos and pdf downloads. Because my business is visual and demonstration based I need to be able to keep everything looking nice.
Here is what I need
Upload and view Videos – multiple for each section
PDF downloads – multiple for each section
Drip fed content
Forum would be nice but will probably just do a private FB group as I find them easier to manage (did this with my last program and it worked well)
I want it to be easy to use for me. I have enough tech stuff in creating the videos and instruction, I don’t need to be struggling with my membership platform.
This frustration has kept me from moving forward with the membership site. I finally decided to simply invest in the Clickfunnels basic tool and build the membership on there. I’ve used it before and like the ease. You are right that it is not a membership site and I’m concerned that it will bite me in the butt sometime in the future.
However, I am also not moving forward right now.
Soooo I need to make a decision.
I’m still at a point where I haven’t invested too much time (or money). I can still course correct.
Reviewing Wishlist member as a possibility. I had bad dreams last night about Clickfunnels going POOF with all my content.
I’ve spend the most time with OptimizeMember (comes with OptimizePress (OP) as Katherine already mentioned) and Zaxaa Member.
OptimizeMember takes some time to master… but yo can use it for everything that you’ve mentioned above.