Options For Building A WordPress Membership Site
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A membership website allows visitors to pay a recurring or one off fee to gain access to some or all of your content, downloads or any offline products.
There are a number of ways to turn your ordinary WordPress site into a membership site and add a stable new income stream. There are a number of membership options including membership themes and plugins to choose from.
You can create “Members-Only” content which you can keep building up as you go along. You can also use a membership site to collect money for people who advertise on your site or who belong to a group, club or organisation.
Examples of membership sites include Woo Themes, WPMU, Elegant Themes, Chris Farrell, Bill Myers and Clickbank.
Some charge you for membership and some are free.
Here are some WordPress membership options:
Unlimited Membership Level
Integrates With Your WordPress Site
Flexible Membership Options
Create Free, Trial, or Paid membership levels — or any combination of the three.
Easy Member Management
View your members, their registration status, membership level, and much more. Easily upgrade members, move them to different levels, pause their membership, or delete them entirely.
Sequential Content Delivery
Graduate your members from one level to the next. For example, after 30 days, you can automatically upgrade members from a Free Trial to the “Silver” level.
Control Viewed Content
Just click the “Hide” button to protect exclusive content for members of a particular level. Create “modular” memberships and hide content from other levels.
Shopping Cart Integration
Seamlessly integrates with the most popular shopping cart systems, including PayPal, ClickBank, and many more. Plus, WishList Member™ now integrates with Cydec and Infusion.
Give your members access to multiple levels within your membership. For example, create a central download location with access granted to members of all levels.[/message-box]
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