What WP theme to use with a content rich membership site?

by rmx
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I'm setting up a membership site in WP using DAP. Since DAP is a pluging and not a theme, I need to choose a theme I can use. The site will have hundreds of articles over time in about a dozen categories. I was going to use a magazine style or newspaper style theme but I also need a sales page to be the home page and be able to also sell products. The magazine themes don't seem that easy to do that with without a lot of modification.

Any suggestions?

Thanks RMX
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  • Profile picture of the author MacMiller
    In my opinion, I would set up a static HTML homepage on the root of the domain for the sales page and have a blog part of the website for the second (membership) part of the website. On the blog site, you can set up DAP and the members area!
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    • Profile picture of the author rmx
      Duh! I should have thought of that. You're right that could work.


      Originally Posted by MacMiller View Post

      In my opinion, I would set up a static HTML homepage on the root of the domain for the sales page and have a blog part of the website for the second (membership) part of the website. On the blog site, you can set up DAP and the members area!
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      • Profile picture of the author MacMiller
        Originally Posted by rmx View Post

        Duh! I should have thought of that. You're right that could work.
        Sometimes that "Aha!" moment escapes all of us


        Let me know if you need more assistance on it, I have quite a background in membership sites and I don't mind helping people out!
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        • Profile picture of the author fabriano
          Hi MacMiller,

          Have some questions about membership site. Hope you can help me.
          As you mention that you set up static html and blog folder for member area.
          how about the login page ?
          Can you give me site map of the way you set up ?
          Also, if I set up 2 wordpress, on the main domain and the other one on the blog folder,
          do I use any same page ? like home page ?

          I am pretty experienced with wordpress but what you said really wow me... never thought about it..

          thanks

          Fabriano
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  • Profile picture of the author 8485marketing
    Yeah i have recently done whats mentioned here, static html page for landing / opt in page, thank you page and another landing page should they wish to cancel their membership and my way to twist their arm to stay with me if they have not been completely satisfied. The theme i used for the back end membership area is called 'Graphene'. I have used this with many sites because its quite flexible and customisable and then use 'membership' plugin to moderate the pages as i see fit.
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    • Profile picture of the author rmx
      How would you go about doing this?

      Would wp need to be in a subdirectory?

      If I create a static html sales page with .html extension the WP site couldn't be in the same directory could it? It's home page is index.php but if you browse to it it would just take you to the index.html page.

      Thanks RMX
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      • Profile picture of the author David Neale
        HTML in the root and WP in a sub-directory. This is also a simple way to offer a few different membership sites with one "doorway, sales page", Different sub-directories for different membership sites. Clean and easy to maintain.



        Originally Posted by rmx View Post

        How would you go about doing this?

        Would wp need to be in a subdirectory?

        If I create a static html sales page with .html extension the WP site couldn't be in the same directory could it? It's home page is index.php but if you browse to it it would just take you to the index.html page.

        Thanks RMX
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  • Profile picture of the author ravijayagopal
    If you're not comfortable creating plain HTML sales pages, you could also do two WordPress installations: One in the root which has a sales-page/squeeze-page/marketing focused theme, like OptimizePress.

    Then another WP installation in a folder called, say, "/members" - which has your blog-style theme (or your magazine theme) of your choice, with DAP activated in this sub-folder WP blog.

    Now, the main dap files go into the root of your web site. So technically, at a later point, if you want to protect some of the sales or funnel pages from your main blog with DAP, the same DAP installation will take care of that too (one installation of DAP can protect multiple blogs, as long as they're all in the same main domain - sub-folders ok, sub-domains not applicable). All you have to do to enable DAP for your main blog too, is to activate the DAP LiveLinks plugin on your main blog as well.

    - Ravi Jayagopal
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    • Profile picture of the author ronr
      Thanks Ravi, I just purchased DAP and was about to setting up something like this. This was helpful.

      Ron

      Originally Posted by ravijayagopal View Post

      If you're not comfortable creating plain HTML sales pages, you could also do two WordPress installations: One in the root which has a sales-page/squeeze-page/marketing focused theme, like OptimizePress.

      Then another WP installation in a folder called, say, "/members" - which has your blog-style theme (or your magazine theme) of your choice, with DAP activated in this sub-folder WP blog.

      Now, the main dap files go into the root of your web site. So technically, at a later point, if you want to protect some of the sales or funnel pages from your main blog with DAP, the same DAP installation will take care of that too (one installation of DAP can protect multiple blogs, as long as they're all in the same main domain - sub-folders ok, sub-domains not applicable). All you have to do to enable DAP for your main blog too, is to activate the DAP LiveLinks plugin on your main blog as well.

      - Ravi Jayagopal
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    • Profile picture of the author fabriano
      Hi Ravi,

      Just wonder where the login will go - to the main domain or the member blog folder ?

      thanks

      Fabriano
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  • Profile picture of the author williamk
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    I am also looking forward to a theme for a membership guide. I have subscribed to see what others have to say about it.
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