How to set up a Membership Site

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Hi,

What do I need to set up a membership site? Is there specific software that anyone can recommend? Can I use something already in Cpanel (please, please say yes ;-)

Any help with this is greatly appreciated!!

Thanks,

Edward
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  • Profile picture of the author cadoutsource
    I too am thinking about setting up a membership site. But what I have learned there are lots of software online or software and plugins you can run on your hosting site of your domain. You'll have to do some research because not all membership scripts are created equal. First, it depends on what type of info you will sell or not sell. digital content,videos, physical products are all examples. One time payment site or recurring payment sites. Keep looking thru the threads here to research. Your time will be well spent. I think I'm going to check out Richjerksnet membership script
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    • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
      Originally Posted by cadoutsource View Post

      I too am thinking about setting up a membership site. But what I have learned there are lots of software online or software and plugins you can run on your hosting site of your domain. You'll have to do some research because not all membership scripts are created equal. First, it depends on what type of info you will sell or not sell. digital content,videos, physical products are all examples. One time payment site or recurring payment sites. Keep looking thru the threads here to research. Your time will be well spent. I think I'm going to check out Richjerksnet membership script
      Php Members Script

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    • Profile picture of the author jonb
      My method is to use a Wordpress blog, a magazine style theme and Wishlist Member software to make it all happen. Wordpress and the theme are free, Wishlist costs 97 bucks.

      Check the link in my sig file for a step-by-step guide to how I did it.
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  • Profile picture of the author globalpro
    Here's the one I always recommend:

    RAP / Member Plus

    Thanks,

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author BJ Min
    i have heard lots of people recommend using wordpress
    to create membership sites...what's the major benefit for this?

    doesn't it NOT look like a membership site then? it looks
    like a blog and most people are used to blogs being free...
    wouldn't that hinder people from purchasing it?

    i heard it's a lot easier to create though...so that might be
    a good benefit creating wordpress membership sites...
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    • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
      Originally Posted by BJ Min View Post

      i have heard lots of people recommend using wordpress
      to create membership sites...what's the major benefit for this?

      doesn't it NOT look like a membership site then? it looks
      like a blog and most people are used to blogs being free...
      wouldn't that hinder people from purchasing it?

      i heard it's a lot easier to create though...so that might be
      a good benefit creating wordpress membership sites...
      I personally disagree with using wordpress as a membership site because it is a blog and also because it is open source code that has been hacked 100,000's of times....

      Just my personal opinion though as a developer... I much rather have a secured backend for my members and their personal information.

      When creating a membership site the functionality does matter a great deal just as much as quality as products that are being sold.

      James
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      • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
        I feel the same way as James.

        I think people are way to obsessed with Wordpress and trying to make it do things it was not designed to do.

        For example shoving ecommerce and affiliate management into WP I do not think is the right approach because of WP being open source and security issues. Plus it can be pretty invasive to push a lot of foreign features into WP which can cause potential incompatibility issues with certain plugins and themes.

        However, I also realize the demand so we took the approach of creating a wordpress membership plugin that was not invasive and just takes advantage of normal wordpress features.

        We use Nanacast's api to control the ecommerce processing, account creation and access using Nanacast as the ecommerce and affiliate management front end. We push individual subscriber content via a personalized feed which is created at the time a subscriber signs up. This feed is used to drip posts into the account that are delivered either scheduled, broadcasted, or individual broadcast.

        We also use a modified version of wordpresses more tag to display partial content (search engine fodder and preview content for prospective subscribers) while directing them to the sales page or registration form to get the "more." We also display only the public part of the content in the public feed for more exposure.

        However, my own personal preference is to use Nanacast to deliver all the content. Its much easier and more powerful than a blog and you don't have to deal with the limitations and incompatibilities of some hard to post content since WP is so cranky about running java scripts and such.... in other words it just does everything you want without having to search for or hack a plugin.

        Best of all this allows me to turn any site into a membership site without installing a single script. All I have to add to the site is a buy link, button, or form, and a login link. Everything else is fully automated and handled by nanacast including the content delivery.

        There is simply no real benefit to using a blog as a membership site... sure people who are infatuated with blogging convince themselves there is but its a handicap.

        Blogs are best used for seo purposes not for membership sites... but we still give in and provide our plugin open source to the public for those that just can't let go of the blog as a membership obsession.

        Originally Posted by TheRichJerksNet View Post

        I personally disagree with using wordpress as a membership site because it is a blog and also because it is open source code that has been hacked 100,000's of times....

        Just my personal opinion though as a developer... I much rather have a secured backend for my members and their personal information.

        When creating a membership site the functionality does matter a great deal just as much as quality as products that are being sold.

        James
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    • Profile picture of the author jonb
      Originally Posted by BJ Min View Post

      i have heard lots of people recommend using wordpress
      to create membership sites...what's the major benefit for this?

      doesn't it NOT look like a membership site then? it looks
      like a blog and most people are used to blogs being free...
      wouldn't that hinder people from purchasing it?
      Well, it looks like a blog if you use a blog theme. Use a magazine theme and things change dramatically. have a look at my site to see what a magazine theme does for a membership site:

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    • Profile picture of the author SageSound
      Originally Posted by BJ Min View Post

      i have heard lots of people recommend using wordpress
      to create membership sites...what's the major benefit for this?

      doesn't it NOT look like a membership site then? it looks
      like a blog and most people are used to blogs being free...
      wouldn't that hinder people from purchasing it?

      i heard it's a lot easier to create though...so that might be
      a good benefit creating wordpress membership sites...
      Wordpress is an example of something that's technically called a "content management system". It uses a MySQL database to store content, and there's a script that lets you edit the content, save it, and display it inside of pre-defined page layouts called "themes".

      It's the "theme" that establishes the "look-and-feel" of the entire site.

      Most themes for Wordpress make it look and behave like a blog.

      You can also make Joomla, Mambo, WebGUI, phpNuke, and dozens of other CMS scripts look and behave like a blog. Or not.

      Membership sites tend to have two key characteristics:

      1) restricted access

      2) a fee to get in

      By default, Wordpress has restricted access built into it, although it doesn't have much of an infrastructure for limiting what people see AFTER they are logged-in.

      It has no facilities at all for handling payments.

      You can enhance Wordpress' facilities by using certain plugins and other scripts to restrict access after someone has logged in. Other scripts, like Rapid Action Profits and the Membership Plus addon with the Wordpress plugin, can be used to handle payments and timed delivery of content.

      Again, Wordpress is not a "blog". It's a "content management system" designed primarily to work like a blog, although it's not limited to just that.

      -David
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      • Profile picture of the author David-JP
        What do I need to set up a membership site? Is there specific software that anyone can recommend? Can I use something already in Cpanel (please, please say yes ;-)
        What things do you want the site to do? Theres lots of software out now, and it really depends on what you need the program to do.

        You can use password protection in cpanel to protect a directory that holds your member content. Then sell access and email all buyers a password. Simple way.
        You can also do a combo paypal/aweber email based system, also simple.

        For more sophisticated systems- drip content, teaser text, affiliate programs, you will need a software solution.

        David
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  • Profile picture of the author George Sepich
    You could just password protect a folder/directory on your server in your cpanel and change the password occasionally and email your members with the updated password. That's about as simple as it gets.

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  • Profile picture of the author dmarze
    You can use www.membershipease.com It is simple software you install on your computer to create membership site. It can be done in few minutes. I used it with great success on many of my membership sites. I think you can get it for $27, but if you search google you can find it for $9 or even for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author NetInvestor
    i´m just working with butterfly marketing script. Easy to set up and easy to use.

    cheers,

    patrick
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  • Profile picture of the author FormerWageSlave
    WordPress is more than just a blog. Read SageSound's post above, cuz he's got it exactly right. It's a CMS that can do blogging and many other things.

    If WordPress isn't right for you, for whatever reason, then fine, but let's be clear about what it is... and isn't.
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  • Profile picture of the author kishornayak
    I feel anyone starting a membership site needs to play safe, the solution by jonb is good enough to test the product. Later when the membership site makes good money, better secure options can be implemented.
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