Membership site experts, have i got this right?!?

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Im about to launch drip fed subscription based coaching course, have I got this right!?

To create a fully functioning system, I need something like this combination:

1. Sales Page - OP2.0 Optimizepress
2. Membership Plugin/Content Protection - DAP Digital Access Pass
3. Shopping Cart - 3dcart, Shopify or 1Shoppingcart (affiliate feature a priority)
4. Payment gateway - PayPal Paymates Pro, eWay, Authorise.net etc

Are there any solutions out there to combine these options to keep my costs down?
#digital access pass #membership site #optimize press 2
  • Profile picture of the author Terry Crim
    There are quite a few solutions both with a monthly fee and no monthly fee but transaction only fees which will vary. I saw one that charged 2.9% and $1 transaction fee but there were quite a few limitations on types of products and services you could sell through them.

    There are several threads in this forum that go into details of what is available and there are pages of results on the search engines.

    I have personally built from scratch membership sites that have generated millions of dollars for past clients. What I would recommend you focus on with the membership site is:

    1: Content and keeping that content updated and adding new content.

    2: Support, being able to handle support requests and dealing with customers.

    Get those put into place first.

    Then the backend should consist of:

    Membership site control that can handle automated subscriptions and canceling.

    Webhosting that can handle the traffic, member activity and not come to a halt or blink in and out when under load.

    The rest of your budget should be focused on marketing and bringing in new members.

    I wouldn't just have one payment processor but if you have a full fledged merchant account also add paypal as an option. Most of the third party services do not offer a merchant account instead you process through them directly.

    If you go with one of those shopping cart services they will handle the processing for you and may also provide member control, depending on the type of services offered. Usually it is hosted on their service and not on your own hosted account. You will pay a higher monthly fee but it is all taken care of for you. Except the marketing and getting new members that you have to do yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Foulds
    Thanks for the input Terry...
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert X
    Just my 2 cents.

    Have you heard of Profits Theme? Super cool, has all these cool things to offer a membership site AND they have an affiliate section/add on that you can set up your own affiliate program right from your own site. I think that's an awesome feature.

    Does OP have that ?

    Just my 4 cents.

    Robert C.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Foulds
    Cheers mate, ill check it out now
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  • Profile picture of the author Martin Avis
    I use EasyMemberPro - it can do all you are asking for in one low cost package.

    Martin
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    • Profile picture of the author jpmt
      Originally Posted by Martin Avis View Post

      I use EasyMemberPro - it can do all you are asking for in one low cost package.

      Martin
      Do you know if EMP can successfully integrate with OP2?

      Thanks!!
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      • Profile picture of the author roblawrence
        Start with the content. That is key. The software and how you put it together is important, but if you don't have something people are WILLING to pay for, then it doesn't matter how you deliver it. I've seen too many people FAIL because the initial idea was just plain wrong!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Foulds
    Looks solid, but only looks like it could replace DAP from list - Obviously anything could replace OP2.0, it just makes life easier - but if I did invest in EMP EasyMemberPro it appears Id still need a cart and a payment gateway
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Hess
    You may want to consider Zaxaa - https://www.zaxaa.com

    They offer a free Wordpress plugin that will protect and drip feed your content (so you wouldn't need any other membership plugin)

    They handle affiliate commission payout through PayPal Adaptive payment so you wouldn't have to worry about a payment/affiliate platform. (similar to JVZoo or W+)

    If you use their free option, there would be no upfront cost to setup your site, only a cost per transaction fee in addition to PayPal fees.
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  • Profile picture of the author bobby_shahzad
    Hey,

    try constantcontinuity.com, you will get every thing under 1 system i.e sales page editor, blog, digital products and shoppingcart/checkout with 1SC or payal. PM me so I will let you know more
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny Slater
    If you are doing just a membership site then you don't need a shopping cart. Those are for people with a huge number of products to sell from a single site.

    You can find many membership scripts that meet your needs and I suggest you look at as many options as you can before deciding on a single solution. They all are different and have different uses.

    One main consideration is do you want a Wordpress plugin to handle your membership or a standalone solution that doesn't require any other software to handle your needs. Each has it's own good and bad points.

    If you need a blog then go with Wordpress and plugins but make sure your site is secure. Wordpress is very easy to hack and many people have problems with sites being hacked because Wordpress is installed.

    Stand alone software is more secure usually but not all of them are easy to set up or maintain. Stand alone options also bring up the issue of scalability for the future.

    Before you decide on a single solution know what you need and find something that best matches your own personal needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Foulds
    Really appreciate the input people, helped a lot! Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Steve,

      It pays to start with the best platform you can because changing to a better system down the road carries lots of problems with it.

      It sounds like you're concerned about price - I understand that. But I would caution you about being "penny wise and dollar foolish." A great platform will help you make sales, will save you costs in the long run, and free up your time to be out marketing your membership program which is what you need to be doing.

      Too many membership site owners spend all their time cranking out content and spend too little time promoting the site to get more members. There is certainly balance needed, and a great platform will keep the admin time you spend a fraction of what it could be with a bolted together clumsy solution.

      Check out Member Gate. It is not cheap, but it will save you money in the long run because your clients will love it, as the administrator you will love it, and you'll not have to be plagued with figuring out "fixes."

      Here's the thing - by getting just a few extra members paying monthly you will cover the cost of any additional fee this solution will run. And it won't be difficult getting those additional members because the experience you will be offering your clients will sell them on joining when they see what you're giving them.

      You should at least check out what Member Gate offers. It has many, many features that other "cheap" membership platforms don't. It truly is an all-in-one solution. Besides all the standard features of most membership platforms, Member Gate also includes:
      • Built in blog
      • Image galleries (unlimited)
      • You can display classified ads
      • Various membership levels
      • Shopping cart
      • Digital download delivery
      • Built in affiliate program
      • You can display banner ads
      • Surveys
      • Built in discussion groups
      • Advanced site searching
      • Content syndication
      • Advanced security
      • Detailed admin reports
      • Customization of site design
      • and on an on . . .
      This solution really will pay for itself very quickly. And no, I'm not an affiliate.

      The very best to you,

      Steve
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  • Interesting post as I'm creating a membership site, too.

    Usually, you can create your own lead in or splash page. Although the program you mentioned, Optimize Press, the one that was mentioned Profit Themes, and there is also lead pages. I think all three have affiliate programs. Check their websites.

    One place to always go for programs (like support, etc.) is in the Control Panel of your website. Most now have easy plugin's through Fantastico and QuickInstall (I use quickinstall because they update their versions more often).


    membership site wise, I'm looking at this one s2Member® | A powerful (free) membership plugin for WordPress® and would appreciate any comments on it.

    Besides it offering a lot, they have a nice looking friendly website (many other membership sites are horrible, and that attention to detail is important to me), and they have an affiliate program.
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  • Profile picture of the author OnlineStoreHelp
    Originally Posted by Steve Foulds View Post

    Im about to launch drip fed subscription based coaching course, have I got this right!?

    To create a fully functioning system, I need something like this combination:

    1. Sales Page - OP2.0 Optimizepress
    2. Membership Plugin/Content Protection - DAP Digital Access Pass
    3. Shopping Cart - 3dcart, Shopify or 1Shoppingcart (affiliate feature a priority)
    4. Payment gateway - PayPal Paymates Pro, eWay, Authorise.net etc

    Are there any solutions out there to combine these options to keep my costs down?
    Number 1 and 2, spot on, its the set up I use for my membership sites.
    Number 3, DAP doesn't integrate with 3dcart or Shopify at this time but they do integrate with 1Shoppingcart. But, DAP also has its own cart. Mind, you, if you just use PayPal standard you don't need number 3 at all.
    Number 4, If you use PayPal Pro it has an integrated Gateway. If you need to use a separate merchant account, then yes you need a gateway like Authorize.net. Or you can also go Stripe which integrates with DAP.

    With Number 2, you have your affiliate feature already set up (DAP comes with affiliate module standard).

    DAP allows you to drip easily and it also integrates with a ton of stuff.
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