blog based membership site.
I already had the domain.. in fact I've been planning
to set this up for ages, but I finally managed to get
on with it today. Anyway, back to the plot.. assuming
you need to buy a domain, let's say $10
I set up a cpanel hosting account and used Fantastico
to install a basic Wordpress blog. I put the blog in its
own sub-directory, to allow for flexibility in the future.
Let's assume my hosting costs are $5 a month (The
site is on one of my own servers)
I set up a simple redirect on the site's root index page
to make sure casual visitors will land on the blog.
My next step was to set up wordpress with my own set
of basic plugins.
I then found a theme that had a nice fit with the purpose
of my blog and I edited the header, footer and css files to
my own personal tastes.
The next, and most complicated step, was to install and to
configure the free version of the MemberWing plugin. This
involved making sure that the IPN settings and auto-return
setting in my PayPal account were correctly configured.
Then I set up a PayPal subscription button and pasted the
code together with some brief sales copy in a dedicated
"Become A Premium Member" page.
Finally, I wrote and published five "articles" to my blog, some
of which included the "marker" to indicate the beginning of
A quick request for beta testers here in the forum and a few
very kind Warriors helped me to iron out a couple of self
inflicted bugs and I was ready to launch.
So, I now have a fully functioning Membership site with an
in-build content management system, including the ability
to schedule my publishing, Set up and first months running
costs are around $15.
What are you waiting for? Get on with it!