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  • #6782
    Don Sturgill
    Participant

    Has anyone tried the Wild Apricot platform for membership? What’s your choice on the best way to go?

    #6783
    Rick Smith
    Participant

    Don –

    I’ve heard of Wild Apricot but I don’t know much about them. I have and use OptimizePress (a page builder similar to Thrive, etc.). It includes OptimizeMember (based on S2 Member) so that’s what I plan to use. The main reason is because I’ve already paid for it and I’ve paid to upgrade a couple of times. Secondly, I have a number of pages already written with that page builder and I don’t want to invest the time to switch. All of that said, in the old $5K membership site Sean linked to a pretty comprehensive discussion about membership software. Here’s the link to the comparison.

    http://chrislema.com/paid-memberships-pro-review/

    I also saved Sean’s articles on memberships from the $5K site. Since that was in a different membership, I probably shouldn’t post them here. But I know you were a member there so if you want them give me your email address and I’ll email them to you.

    #6787
    Trevor Dumbleton
    Participant

    Keep it as simple as possible for both yourself and your members.

    Recurring fees to developers can be a good sign as it means they have the money to keep developing but it can also mean you’re locked in ubless you want a major hassle to move. And it can mean that you don’t get features added (depends on developer)

    S2Member that Rick mentioned is heavy duty & free – they make their money from the ultra-heavy-duty version – but it has a steep learning curve but you can pay someone on Fiverr to set it up for you.

    Personally, I’ve just used a password protection plugin and a sub-domain for my membership. Low tech, cheap, easy, I can easily change if I feel the need to. That system worked for Search Engine News for the first decade of their existence so it’s not just small sites that do it.

    #6790
    Rick Smith
    Participant

    Trevor –

    I agree. S2Member does have a steep learning curve. OptimizeMember is much easier to use. The people at OptimizePress did a great job of wrapping up the hard bits. Plus it’s free to OptimizePress users.

    #6794
    Cynthia Leighton
    Participant

    I got OptimizePress to use for membership. Right now I just use it for my theme on my blog and I use it for my pages (optin, sales, download). I’m focusing on building email list bigger before supporting a membership. Plus, I’ve only made 2 sales so far so I need to get more practice there!

    blessings,
    Cynthia

    #6795
    Don Sturgill
    Participant

    Thank you all. Rick, my email is roadturn@gmail.com

    #6800
    Rick Smith
    Participant

    Don –

    I’ll send those articles to you but it might take a few days. My wife’s brother is terminally ill and we’re leaving in the morning for NC. We’ll get there sometime Wednesday afternoon. I’ll have Internet access while I’m there but I have to see what’s what and get everything set up first.

    #6802
    Don Sturgill
    Participant

    Rick… you guys have already provided plenty of info. I’ll keep it simple. Don’t worry about me; you’ve got your hands full. Prayers for all.

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