Membership sites allow you to monetise your services by selling access in addition to the goods and services themselves. You can control access and create an exclusive environment with members-only services and perks.
Member Press promises to make setting up your membership site incredibly easy while giving you powerful features such as giving site members permission to post, build their own private communities and access exclusive content on your site based on their membership tier.
The plugin doesn’t try to do it all and instead offers integrations with mail services, payment providers, site builders and affiliate management plugins. Additionally, the Affiliate management plugin Affiliate Royale is designed to work with Member Press and come bundled with Pro subscriptions.
With the emphasis being on ease of use over HTML or CSS coding skills, the forms for all the membership functions are customisable. Your pricing pages, for example, can be dynamically changed to alter the order of products and look engaging to encourage your subscribers to hit buy.
Pricing starts at $149/year for Basic membership features on one site, up to $349 for Pro on 5 sites, which includes the complete Affiliate Royale addon.
Features and Benefits
- Easy addition of membership features to your WordPress site
- Build your affiliate program with Affiliate Royale on the Pro subscription tier
- Unlimited membership tiers and members at all tiers
- Customisable coupons
- Drip content to encourage continuity of membership
- Create corporate memberships on all but the Basic tier
- VAT and tax handling functions baked in
- Integrations with multiple payment platforms such as Stripe and PayPal
How to Use Member Press
There is a handy “Member Press in 5 Minutes” tutorial in the comprehensive Knowledge Base on the publisher’s page which covers the basics of installing and activating your licence on your WordPress installation. Beyond that, you are faced with options for customising the pages your membership services will use, along with how it handles the members-only area, how much control members will have over cancelling their own account and how it handles unauthorised access.
Defining your onboarding process is next, where you can insist on levels of password complexity – or remove the need for a password altogether – make usernames their email addresses and set up your payment services for ongoing automatic subscription renewals. Messages determine how the site automates communication to members, alerting them when their subscriptions are imminent, welcoming new subs and warning when their payment option is about to expire.
Each section for both member services and the back end have detailed tutorials which explain each function and how to use them.
Member Press pitches itself as the simple option to get up and running on everything from forums to online courses. Any site that would benefit from monetising access and encouraging ongoing use. If you’re offering site-building as a service you can install the plugin on as many sites as your licence allows, with clients coming to you for support which you can access through the publisher.
It’s highly compatible with most site builders and offers a chatty and friendly front end which makes finding your way to the support you need less daunting. Those in need of extra help can hire a Member Press expert to pull things together, approved developers available to help with more complex tasks.