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How To Create A WordPress Membership Site

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member-loginSo you have finally created your website. Congratulations! However, remember that the creation of your website and having enough traffic is just the start. Now, it is about time to get serious. After establishing enough content and viewers, get them to subscribe to you though a membership site. One of the more important aspects of putting up a website is the creation of a WordPress membership site. This is another great idea especially if you are trying to build a business and you think you have good content to share on a membership basis.

When you have decided to do this, remember that the membership site you create on WordPress should allow you to deliver and provide an great online course. Your users/members should be able to sign up or register via a page on your main site, and they should be able to customize their profiles and add basic personal details. And to make it more special, they should have access to exclusive stuff.

Now, it’s time to discuss how to do it.

Get The Right Plugins

The first thing you should do is to find the right plug ins to install and use for your membership site. You may have to go through some trial and error on this, but it will all be worth it. After downloading the right plugins, activate and go to the next.

Create User Roles

WordPress alone already has several options for user roles, like Contributor, Subscriber, Author, Administrator and Editor. These will regulate who can access the backend of the site. However, you can add more roles with the members plugin. Just go to Users, click on roles then click on add new.

Create A Registration And Login Page Option

For this one, get the plugin Profile Builder. Check the general settings and get those basic parameters all set properly. Next, go to the Admin settings and set it so that members will not be able to see it. Then, go to Profile Builder and choose Manage Fields so you can choose required details or profile fields that members need to input.

Now, create your first front-end form, the Registration form, which can be done through the standard  WP page editing interface. Then, display the login form. The site’s widget area is the best placement for this. Go to Appearance and then click on Widgets. You can now use the widget for Profile Builder.

Create Profile Editing

This time, you have the option to provide your users/members of a way to change or edit the information in their profiles. To do this, go to Pages, then Add New and create the profile page.

Create Locked Content

An example of this is a membership area home page plus another page as a sub-area. To do this, go to Pages, then Add New. For access control, just check box that is appropriate on the content permission box.

Create A Custom Menu

This is where all the membership links will be displayed. Try the Nav Menu Roles plugin. After downloading it, go to Appearance, then Menus. Create a menu as you normally then name it. Select all the pages for your membership site and then add them on to this new menu. Then, to make specific subpages available only to some members based on their chosen membership levels, you can click on the down arrow that is found next to the menu items. Additional settings will be shown which enables you to designate or assign the access levels for these pages based on the user’s membership access.

Customize Email Messages And Redirects

For this part, you have to make sure that your messages are totally different from the usual ‘Welcome to my website’. This sets the identity of your website and shows what you can offer that is unique from all the other website memberships out there.

Using the Profile Builder plugin again. Customize your email messages by going to the user email customizer. Here you can customize your messages specifically for different registration situations, like registration with email confirmation, default registration, registration with admin approval, password reset email, user approval notification, etc.

For redirecting scenarios after certain actions done by your website’s members, go to Profile Builder, then Custom Redirects section.

There are a lot more that you can do in this part. Just browse through the pages and options, and see the other things that you can do. Just experiment until you get what you want to appear in your membership site. As the author website, make sure to showcase to your members the contents that you have.

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