Setting up a paid membership forum (question)

by Matt MacPherson 27 replies
I'm in the process of setting up a paid members forum but I'm having a bit of technical difficulty. Basically, after my customers opt to purchase the monthly membership package I want a username and password automatically emailed to them. Or at least a link to a form they can fill out and set up themselves. It needs to be completely automated.

I will probably end up going with vBulletin as the forum CMS. I just need a way to make it easy for them to purchase through ClickBank (recurring billing).

Any ideas to make this process easier would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Cheers,
Matt
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt MacPherson
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    • Profile picture of the author monk3ybidzness
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    Amember is the only option I'm aware of Matt for Vbulletin and Clickbank integration.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt MacPherson
      Originally Posted by Jesus Perez View Post

      Amember is the only option I'm aware of Matt for Vbulletin and Clickbank integration.
      Thanks for the reply. This is what I was thinking it would come down to as well. I'm currently using DLGuard as a backend delivery method for my products. Would I have to abandon DLGuard in favour of AMember?

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      • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
        Originally Posted by Matt MacPherson View Post

        Thanks for the reply. This is what I was thinking it would come down to as well. I'm currently using DLGuard as a backend delivery method for my products. Would I have to abandon DLGuard in favour of AMember?

        Matt
        Yup. Amember replaces DLGuard entirely. Warning: Setup is a technical pain in the butt. I *hated* it and I'm a full-on Tech guy. I will never use Amember again with the new options out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    Other options to consider:

    Wordpress + Wishlist Member + Tal.ki Forum (protected member page, $35/yr)
    Wordpress + Wishlist Member + Mingle Forum Plugin
    Wordpress + Wishlist Member + SimplePress Forum Plugin
    LoginFrequencyMarketing + PHPBB (integrated already)
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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    Matt,

    Check out Websitetoolbox.com

    They already have an automated email confirmation sign up process and last time I visited my control panel there they were getting ready to implement a members monthly sub service.

    Right now I do it with PayPal, however, I will switch to their sub service as a gateway if it still uses PayPal.

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  • Profile picture of the author Warrior Helper
    Although it is my competition I highly suggest you seriously look at LFM and PHPBB combination. LFM has had full integration with PHPBB for several years and from what I have seen it works flawlessly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt MacPherson
      Originally Posted by VMS Services View Post

      Although it is my competition I highly suggest you seriously look at LFM and PHPBB combination. LFM has had full integration with PHPBB for several years and from what I have seen it works flawlessly.
      Thanks for the response. What does LFM stand for?

      Matt
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      • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
        Originally Posted by Matt MacPherson View Post

        Thanks for the response. What does LFM stand for?

        Matt
        Login Frequency Marketing by Robert Puddy. It integrates with PHPBB very easily.
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        • Profile picture of the author cindybidar
          Take a look at Digital Access Pass as well. Much simpler to set-up than Amember, integrates natively with Aweber and ClickBank, and (I believe) the next release will include integration with vBulletin.
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          • Profile picture of the author ravijayagopal
            Cindy, thanks for recommending DigitalAccessPass.com (DAP). appreciate it.

            Yes, with the upcoming DAP v3.9, DAP will integrate with vBulletin - and we also now support ClickBank INS - Instant Notification Service (like Paypal's IPN).

            So everything happens on the backend. Even subscription and recurring notifications.

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            Originally Posted by cindybidar View Post

            Take a look at Digital Access Pass as well. Much simpler to set-up than Amember, integrates natively with Aweber and ClickBank, and (I believe) the next release will include integration with vBulletin.
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            • Profile picture of the author Jeff Henshaw
              Login Frequency Marketing by Robert Puddy. It integrates with PHPBB very easily.
              I think that it might be Launch Formula Marketing - but it's the same thing.

              Regards,
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              • Profile picture of the author Johnny Slater
                Jeff, Robert rebranded the product recently. It is now called Login Frequency Marketing. From what I understand he felt the product had outgrown the original name.

                I actually was going to change the name of Simple Member Pro before I sold it to David Allen last year so I completely understand that motivation for the name change.

                Originally Posted by Jeff Henshaw View Post

                I think that it might be Launch Formula Marketing - but it's the same thing.

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    Originally Posted by Matt MacPherson View Post

    I will probably end up going with vBulletin as the forum CMS. I just need a way to make it easy for them to purchase through ClickBank (recurring billing).
    Digital Access Pass 3.9 will do this... but you'd have to wait for DAP 3.9 to come out.

    Is there some reason you don't want to use vBulletin's integrated membership payments?
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt MacPherson
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      Digital Access Pass 3.9 will do this... but you'd have to wait for DAP 3.9 to come out.

      Is there some reason you don't want to use vBulletin's integrated membership payments?
      I want to set it up as a recurring payment via clickbank and affiliates would need to be credited. Ive been talking to a programmer who can set up dlguard with phpbb for me though. Cross your fingers.

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      • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
        Originally Posted by Matt MacPherson View Post

        I want to set it up as a recurring pYme t via clickbank and affiliates would need to be credited. Ive been talking to a programmer who can set up dlguard with phpbb for me though. Cross your fingers.

        Matt
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      • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
        Originally Posted by Matt MacPherson View Post

        I want to set it up as a recurring payment via clickbank and affiliates would need to be credited. Ive been talking to a programmer who can set up dlguard with phpbb for me though. Cross your fingers.

        Matt
        Matt,

        Why don't you contact Sam at DL Guard and ask him about adding this facility to his programme? He's usually very proactive about these kind of things.

        The way I see it is that, if it is easy, Sam might do it. If it is complicated you might be biting off more than you can chew financially hiring a programmer.

        Martin
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        • Profile picture of the author Matt MacPherson
          Originally Posted by Martin Luxton View Post

          Matt,

          Why don't you contact Sam at DL Guard and ask him about adding this facility to his programme? He's usually very proactive about these kind of things.

          The way I see it is that, if it is easy, Sam might do it. If it is complicated you might be biting off more than you can chew financially hiring a programmer.

          Martin
          For a few hundred bucks it's more than worth it. I've actually had Sam add a few features to DLGuard in the past as a matter of fact. Great guy and very responsive. I'll message him soon and actually give him the code the programmer creates for me. That way he can add it in for everyone.

          Cheers,
          Matt
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          • Profile picture of the author David-JP
            Just helped on of my members add vbulletin to their amember site. Pretty straightforward, upload the plugin to amember, add the vbulleting database settings, then set the products in amember to give acces to vbulleting products. In vbulletin, upload the amember xml file and set the right paths. Should take about 30 minutes.

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  • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
    You could have a custom IPN script made that creates accounts based on order details and cancels/deletes them when billing stopped. It shouldn't cost more than a couple hundred bucks.

    You could also use one of the free Wordpress membership plugins with simple-press.

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    • Profile picture of the author ravijayagopal
      Or instead of trying to find a programmer, give them the specs, make them understand it, make sure they deliver it on time, etc - just buy a membership script that can already do this (*wink *wink) for less than the "couple of hundred bucks" :-)

      Cheers!

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      Originally Posted by GarrieWilson View Post

      You could have a custom IPN script made that creates accounts based on order details and cancels/deletes them when billing stopped. It shouldn't cost more than a couple hundred bucks.

      You could also use one of the free Wordpress membership plugins with simple-press.

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  • Profile picture of the author revenue27
    You can try Amembers and Delavo , they have plugin that can be use together with vBulletin, so if some one buy using amember or Delavo they will automatically added to the vBulletin user database.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Allen
    I looked in to this a few years back as I wanted parts of the forum accessible and parts locked.

    As far as I can remember Simple Machines Forum (SMF) version 2 has a built in membership feature although I think v2 may still be in Beta mode.

    Still, might be worth checking out as it's free

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  • Profile picture of the author samstephens
    Hi Matt,

    If you like, you can just paste DLGuard membership code at the very top of your forum's header file.

    DLGuard will then control access to the whole forum. If someone tries to access it, DLGuard will display a login page.


    Or if you want to actually add the customer to your forum database, you can use DLGuard's "Custom Script" feature.

    When a sale happens, DLGuard will pass the customer's sales details to your script your developer is creating, and the script can then create the account in your forum software.

    So there's two ways of doing this.

    You can use your existing DLGuard install to do all of this - it's a LOT more flexible with membership areas than a lot of people realise

    While some people see DLGuard's membership feature as "basic", it's actually designed this way to give you, the user, the most flexability possible. And this flexability is what gives DLGuard's membership feature a serious amount of grunt power.

    cheers
    Sam
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  • Profile picture of the author ravijayagopal
    Hey guys, just FYI...

    DAP now integrates with vBulletin (since 3.9, which has been out for a couple of weeks now).

    And DAP already integrates with all WordPress-based forum plugins - like bbPress, Simpleress, etc.

    Someone said something about CB too earlier - DAP also integrates with ClickBank via normal post-based security as well as ClickBank INS (like Paypal's IPN), among other payment processors.

    Hope this helps.

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