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Posted on 22. Apr, 2013 by Steve.
Magic Members vs. s2member – Which WordPress Membership Plugin is the Best? Nothing makes setting up and maintaining a WordPress membership site more difficult than choose the wrong membership plugin at the outset. Two WordPress plugins that have become increasingly popular are Magic Members and s2Member. Both are similar in many ways, but there are some important differences that need to be considered in order to find the right fit for certain types of membership sites. It is important to note that s2Member offers a free version as well as a premium version although some of the more important features are only available with the paid version. Magic Members only offers a premium version, but it is extremely feature-rich. Backend Interface When it comes to managing a membership site, an easy to use admin area can save a lot of time or create unnecessary complications. The s2Member plugin isn’t inherently [...]
Posted on 06. Apr, 2013 by Steve.
There are more WordPress membership plugins available today than ever before. At first glance, many of them appear similar which makes comparing all of the options difficult. Two popular options are s2Member and Wishlist Member. Both are known for being solid choices, but there are a number of differences which must be considered when deciding between them. Number of Supported Payment Processors One of the biggest differences is the number of payment processors each plugin supports. There is no arguing Wishlist Member supports a lot more. s2Member primarily supports the biggest, most popular payment processors but few others. On the other hand, Wishlist Member offers a much wider selection. One important caveat is Wishlist Member has two different lists of payment processors they support based upon integration. Fully integrated payment processors are those which will handle of the member unsubscribes automatically. Partial integration means the payment processor can still handle [...]
Posted on 08. Oct, 2012 by Steve.
Creating a Product That Pulls People Into Your Membership Site It has become increasingly common for membership site owners to create an introductory product that they use to establish a relationship and build trust with potential members. The key to doing this successfully is almost entirely related to the content within the introductory product. The biggest mistake that most people make is that they get so focused on building trust with the first product that they end up giving everything away. If your potential members get everything that they need from the first product, why would they even signing up for your membership site? The general rule of thumb is to create a product that tells people why to do something and let the membership site address the how. Let’s take search engine optimization for example. Your introductory product should address two primary issues. First, it needs to tell people [...]
Posted on 04. May, 2012 by Steve.
Is It the Membership Site Solution You Need? There is no chance that you will build a successful membership site without utilizing a high-quality membership site program to manage and secure everything from a centralized location. aMember is one of the most mature commercial software options, as it has been around for more than a decade. It should be no surprise that it is one of the more popular options on the market, given the amount of time that the developers have had to tweak and improve the original product. The current release is version 4.X which marked a number of improvements over the previous version. There is a good chance that you have heard about aMember before, but you still might not know exactly what to expect. Here is a closer look at the biggest benefits and drawbacks that the software has. Benefits Before we get into the unique [...]
Posted on 17. Jan, 2012 by Steve.
PagSeguro Integration Can Give Your Website Immediate Access to Brazilian Shoppers PagSeguro has proven to be an incredibly valuable payment processor for anyone who is even thinking about tapping into the Brazilian e-commerce market. This market has proven to be growing at an incredible rate, yet many payment processors simply don’t have access to the country. Moreover, trying to establish contracts with multiple banks and payment processors in the region is not only difficult, but also creates a variety of additional accounts to manage. PagSeguro has simplified this process by providing vendors with access to nearly 20 different payment options. PagSeguro has become one of the largest and most respected payment processors in Brazil and can provide your website with an inherent boost in trust and credibility. Along with enhancing the reputation of your website, it also provides you a centralized location to manage your websites sales. This can prove [...]
Posted on 02. Nov, 2011 by Steve.
Since the release of WordPress 3.0, it has finally started to be recognized by the general community as an effective CMS and not just a blogging platform. While devoted WordPress fans have known about it’s power for a long time, it wasn’t until recently that the average webmaster considered it a viable, long term option. In fact, there are a number of reasons that WordPress has evolved into the perfect CMS for your membership site. 1. Development Community The driving force behind the boost in power of WordPress as a content management system is it’s development community. WordPress has become well known for having one of the largest and most active community of developers and testers of any CMS, both open sourced and commercial. This has not only been the reason behind the vast amount of growth and improvements in the WordPress core, but also in the supporting themes and [...]
Posted on 13. Sep, 2011 by Steve.
There are very few cases where the bulk of your expenses won’t come during the creation phase of your membership site. The problem that most people face is that they don’t have an unlimited budget, which means that they will need to prioritize where their money will go. Doing this effectively may be what makes or breaks the future success of your membership site. If you are never able to get it off the ground, then the chances of long term success is next to none. Staying within your budget is critical, but there a few places where you shouldn’t skimp. Here is a quick look at the the areas that provide the highest return on your initial investment and why they should be a priority from the beginning. 1. Membership and Affiliate Management Software If there is one thing that you should not hesitate to invest in, it is [...]