An online business, one that’s not based on services, will involving selling a product, whether standalone or based on a pricing plan, and one of least used features for building a community around products that business owners ignore is creating a membership platform that can be used to promote new ideas, to reach a community of users who would willingly test your ideas and products, to create a community of people who will willingly encourage others to use your products and your ideas for the betterment of their own.
Membership sites are not just for products though, many online communities and similar kind of project use membership features to isolate the kind of people that are only in it for the thrill of it. Community forums might want to utilize membership features because that would keep a set of professionals within a tightly sealed circle that would require a monthly payment to be a part of, which in turn creates a kind of atmosphere where more high quality discussions and content sharing is encouraged.
Photography websites might encourage a monthly membership because it wants to reward its photographers for sharing their hard work with others, whilst others might want to create and launch online courses and offer them through membership options, without having to spend a specific amount of money to purchase and use. The capabilities of membership sites are big, and sometimes what we need not a good idea but a good membership site software to help us build the kind of site we are looking to build.
WordPress is the most sought after blogging platform, and it comes as no surprise that many would want to build their membership site directly around their WordPress installation. Although WordPress by default offers membership features, there is still need for integration of payment systems and other features that make a membership site what it is supposed to be. Great thing about DigitalAccessPass is that it also works for non-WordPress sites. The list of features from DAP extends in the hundreds of different categories, and it would be hard to mention them all here, please click this link to explore the fully on the official DAP site.
Wild Apricot is very popular membership site software amongst non-profits, small yacht clubs, small business hubs, and other small-scale organizations that need a simple to use membership management platform that delivers on its promise. With Wild Apricot you can create a mobile-friendly member application form on the web with payments and workflow; automate renewals and activate member self-service to update information; manage your member and contact records securely and enable members-only content and membership directories. You can even integrate members-only content into existing WordPress sites!
SubHub has grown in popularity amongst sites and businesses that want to establish membership features for their online courses, premium content, and even things like research studies, and education field. Features like Pay to View have made SubHub popular amongst users who offer a range of content, but understand that not everyone needs the full subscription just to get what they want; this in turn attracts more customers and sales. Browse a directory of mobile and desktop friendly templates to create the kind of membership site that will fully reflect your own vision and mission. The examples directory provides a number of sites that are already using SubHub successfully, and should be sufficient to help you make a final decision in whether you wish to use this membership platform or not.
WishList Member is known to have broken some barriers towards creating a membership site on the fly, rather than having to spend days, even weeks, at a time to build a site that fully resembles the end goal — to sell a course, to enable users view private content, to allow users to register towards premium features and more. Create any number of subscription models, give your premium members timely updates from one membership to the next only because they have been subscribers for a set number of time, and you can easily integrate WishList Member with your existing WordPress installation, something that many have already done so.
EasyMemberPro is popular amongst marketing enthusiasts who like to sell marketing courses and video related course content. The basic set of features include content dripping, a spectacular affiliate program that will let you promote your products and services through your own community members, an ability to secure all your download links, to setup multiple membership groups and levels, to offer special one-time offers, and integration of payment processors like ClickBank and PayPal. While the code base is locked for the public eye, there are enough features to compliment full accessibility over the way your membership site looks and feels.
MemberGate is a membership content management platform that lets you create membership sites and protect your content against non-members at the same time. MemberGate gives you access to a fully integrated shopping cart platform, an affiliate program, sleek website designs, an option to integrate surveys and polls, discussion group feature, an integrated blog to publish your latest news from, even in-built search engine optimization to make sure your pages get discovered on the fly once you launch your membership site, integration of banner ads, RSS management, and many more features that will make your membership site appealing to both yourself and your customers.
MemberPress is an easy to use WordPress Membership Plugin. This powerful Membership Software installs simply on your site and helps you instantly start charging for access. It’s nice to see so many WordPress integrations for membership sites, because WordPress by itself offers such an extensive list of ways to extend itself that it only makes sense that a truly serious membership site would opt for WordPress, rather than custom design. MemberPress lets you create unlimited amounts of product pages, membership levels, and has features like coupon module, access rules to create sophisticated membership levels, product groups will give you an option to create a large scale membership site, while the reports feature will report back to you about the latest insight in your business and how you can optimize it.
aMember, out of all the membership software platforms in this roundup, is perhaps one of the most oldest and most popular membership site platforms out there. aMember stands out with being an independent membership platform that works like WordPress in terms of functionality and styling. The most popular feature is the ability to schedule content, meaning that this encourages your members to stay subscribed for longer in order to access content that has yet to be released. Other features include integrated modules that let you integrate separate modules to extend your membership site beyond the normal functionality. And the extensive affiliate program is attractive enough for enough to start promoting your products to their friends and family.
Memberful is an easy to use, fast, reliable and modern membership site platform for WordPress users. It’s the same membership platform that experienced writers and bloggers like Leo Babauta use to serve his thousands of customers. Paul Jarvis, another creative mind, is also a proud user of Memberful and encourages anyone who likes simplicity to use Memberful to power their sites. Both users of are writers and sell content like online courses, making this a very appealing membership platform for those who wish to do the same. File downloads, coupon codes, physical items, analytics integration are just amongst the few of the most popular features that this membership software offers.
SiteManPro might seem like the same old membership software from the first glance, but the platforms offers much more than just membership site options. With SiteManPro you can create sites like blogging networks, online marketplaces and stores, and of course membership websites. SiteManPro offers some really concise features like the link tracking engine, which allows you to explore the performance of your links and how well they are doing in front of your audience. Email automation features mean that anyone who becomes a member of one of your products can also be automatically added to one of your email lists, giving you a chance to further market and sell your products to them. Intuitive reports mean that you can tap into the full potential of your products and explore areas that could use improvement.
The last membership site software platform on our list comes from MembersGear, a group of guys who have built the kind of software that’s easy to use, but delivers on results. MembersGear is proud to advertise their affordable pricing plan that makes their membership script available to those who don’t have a huge budget to work with, and although the price is one of the lowest on the market, security standards seem to be some of the highest, and there is also an affiliate program that you can use to promote your own courses and products with the help of your existing members.
Not just these tools but you can also use WordPress in combination with BuddyPress, bbPress or some other membership plugins. We have several related theme collections available to create your own membership website and you can find them here, here and here.