A Membership Site with Forum for Wordpress?

by 1Goal
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Hey everyone,

Any recommendations for a membership site that is centered around a forum? Use of a plugin or use a theme itself?

Would like to use wordpress to accomplish .
#forum #membership #site #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Mary Schiller
    I'm currently researching this type of thing, myself. I'd be curious to know if anyone has used BuddyPress: BuddyPress.org
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    • Profile picture of the author 1Goal
      Mary,

      I considered ol' buddypress but I feel that I want to stick to a site that I am going to like. I am thinking of just using a forum plugin (simple forum plugin) which allows registration but if there was a combination of a forum along with "membership"....rolled up into one... that would be more ideal.
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  • Profile picture of the author adexaja
    For Membership you can use profitstheme ( check my signature )
    For Forum you can use mingle forum plugin
    WordPress › Mingle Forum « WordPress Plugins
    you only add page with [mingleforum] at the content ...
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    • Profile picture of the author 1Goal
      Originally Posted by adexaja View Post

      For Membership you can use profitstheme ( check my signature )
      For Forum you can use mingle forum plugin
      WordPress › Mingle Forum « WordPress Plugins[/url]
      you only add page with [mingleforum] at the content ...
      How ironic.. .I just purchased Proaffiliate theme which operates very simliar to profitestheme. With Mingle Plugin... which "sign up protection" plugins do you recommend?
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      • Originally Posted by 1Goal View Post

        Hey everyone,

        Any recommendations for a membership site that is centered around a forum? Use of a plugin or use a theme itself?

        Would like to use wordpress to accomplish .
        Premise theme has the option for using vBulletin .

        Originally Posted by 1Goal View Post

        How ironic.. .I just purchased Proaffiliate theme which operates very simliar to profitestheme. With Mingle Plugin... which "sign up protection" plugins do you recommend?
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Digital Access Pass (DAP) along with Simpleress has worked great for me. DAP also has an option to integrate members with vbulletin, if you needed a more complex forum solution.
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    • Profile picture of the author CJEmerson
      Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

      Digital Access Pass (DAP) along with Simpleress has worked great for me. DAP also has an option to integrate members with vbulletin, if you needed a more complex forum solution.
      Interesting. What are some of the vbulletin integration features DAP offers?
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      • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
        Originally Posted by CJEmerson View Post

        Interesting. What are some of the vbulletin integration features DAP offers?
        Database sharing. One username, one password. Members are automatically added and logged into the forum.
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        • Profile picture of the author CJEmerson
          Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

          Database sharing. One username, one password. Members are automatically added and logged into the forum.
          Thank you. I wasn't aware such a bridge existed yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author MacMiller
    I would use s2 member pro wordpress plugin to create the membership side of the site and use any one of the number of wordpress forum plugins to create the forum. S2 member will allow you to protect the forum for members only
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  • Profile picture of the author silatagaw
    Originally Posted by 1Goal View Post

    Hey everyone,

    Any recommendations for a membership site that is centered around a forum? Use of a plugin or use a theme itself?

    Would like to use wordpress to accomplish .
    S2 Member + simplepress forum works well too.
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  • Profile picture of the author strangerstudios
    Hi, there. I'm the developer of Paid Memberships Pro, the 100% open source membership plugin for WordPress. You might want to consider it as another option.

    PMPro is comparable to s2members and the other WP-specific premium plugins. You can grab it in the repository here:
    WordPress › Paid Memberships Pro « WordPress Plugins

    bbPress is a good plugin for forums in WordPress:
    WordPress › bbPress « WordPress Plugins

    Here is a plugin to install along side (requires setting a couple variables in the code) to lock down bbPress forums:
    https://gist.github.com/1633637

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author idoitbigtime
    I USe the Wishlist Plugin for MemberShip Sites
    It is Very easy to use and i belive that i t gives all the needs for a membership sites
    they also provide great training which i used when i builts my firsts membershipsites

    Hope that i Helped
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  • Profile picture of the author Jdunhin
    Use bbpress and Wordpress. I also translate it to Afrikaans. But buddypress and wordpress is great tools to use!
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  • Profile picture of the author WinstonTian
    Another way could be to create an internal PHP
    script that posts signup details to the forum's
    database. That way, there will be two
    databases, one for the forum, and another for
    the member script.

    It's a little hassle to create the synchronized
    login and logout sessions though.

    Winston Tian
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  • Profile picture of the author Kerryrus
    Hey, I'd recommend Wishlist Member for your membership, Magazine theme (or any premium theme for WP) and SimplePress forum

    Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author 1Goal
    Thank you everyone! I appreciate all the suggestions. Kinda of feel like a kid in a candy store... .
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  • Profile picture of the author marketwarrior06
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    i should say that DAP is cool. I am using this for the job that you really want. so you should take a look.
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    • Profile picture of the author 1Goal
      Originally Posted by marketwarrior06 View Post

      i should say that DAP is cool. I am using this for the job that you really want. so you should take a look.
      Oh yeah, it looks pretty sharp!
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  • Profile picture of the author joliefleur
    Originally Posted by 1Goal View Post

    Hey everyone,

    Any recommendations for a membership site that is centered around a forum? Use of a plugin or use a theme itself?

    Would like to use wordpress to accomplish .
    IMHO there are two things you need to consider here:
    • which is more important to you, forum or blog?
    • what sort of features do you need from your forum? Do you need advanced forum features or only basic ones?
    If forum is more important to you and you need some of those advanced forum features, perhaps you might want to consider using a forum script and then add a blog feature to it instead of the other way around.

    One solution that pops up into mind as I'm writing this is:

    Community Forum Software - IP.Board (no aff link)

    With IP board you can easily add blog and monetization features to it using the following addons respectively:

    IP.Blog - Integrated Blog Software For Your IP.Board Community
    IP.Nexus - Community eCommerce

    The benefit of using products from the same company will reduce the possibility of script conflicts. I hope that helps.
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