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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.