MemberPress Review 2018 – How To Create A WordPress Membership Website

This is going to be a review and walk-through of using a powerful awesome membership plug-in called MemberPress hi my name is Adam from WPCraftercom were I make WordPress videos for non-techies and if you like the content in this video would like you to please consider clicking on the subscribe button and if you want notifications when I upload videos is a little bell next that subscribe button just go ahead and click on that and you too will send you notifications so were talking membership plug-ins and this one is going to be all about member press here is the MemberPress website and in fact I actually made a review video on MemberPress else a year and 1/2 ago or so and it was about time to take a fresh look at MemberPress and see what is going on in the MemberPress world since I left that review there been many many updates and MemberPress is going strong and if you did watch that video I highly praised MemberPress in the awesome thing is is today I would give it even more praise for what it does now membership sites there usually membership sites going to make money right you have a membership site you're selling access to some content that you have and so you want to use the tools that are GNU make your life a little easier from a user management standpoint and also are going to enable your membership website to be as profitable as possible now what I like about MemberPress is it also throws in the simplicity of protecting content and selling access and managing the access to that content now the reason I'm bringing this up is you is if there's one plug-in you want to pay for it's going to be something like this okay and I don't advise anyone to go into that I want to have a membership website kind of path and say how can I do it for free where I'm not paying for anything because you're going to get a you can end up with a shoddy website you're into an Apple with the website where today you might not know all the little nuts and bolts of what you're going to need in six months or 12 months plus any of the free plug-ins that I've seen

They just not that easy to set up and use their kind of these old archaic beasts that haven't really evolved or changed or had any improvements in the code this is something that you really want to go with a rock solid solution and MemberPress is one of those rocksolid solutions and also when it comes to membership website you don't want just a rocksolid solution in terms of code you also want a company that's cannot get your back that's going to be there for you that your your paying for support and they're obligated to give you the support because were talking mission critical money out of your pocket if there is a problem type situations that's why upfront you want to go with the company where not only do you know that the products can be good but that you also know that the support is going to be there at those crucial times when you need it the most and you know nothing is more important than support in those moments where you need it right you can have a support contract and you never need support so you know you're not thinking I want to have a company with great support but the moment when something goes wrong that's when you see which is the best solution which companies can provide you not only the code but the quality of support and that is MemberPress I have built membership websites using MemberPress and I have contacted their support because typically something like setting up a membership website you're going to need some support at the very least in the beginning I need some support and there might be a random thing here there that you have a question on or you might need some help on and I gotta tell you every single time I needed support from MemberPress they have responded with thoughtful and personal and answers back I mean it's not like a standard form email every time Mike I contacted them they they actually took the time to read what I wrote look at the link I might've given them and write out a thoughtful response and I appreciate that because with you have a membership website your time is money it's business time is money and then it's just how much do you value your time okay so I know I just went into just kind of like the mindset you need to go into when it's wet when it's time to choose which membership site solution to go with also it's important to note if you're gonna build a membership website using WordPress you want a respected WordPress developer that's providing that solution and that's what MemberPress is there are some very old very archaic membership site solutions that don't really do things the WordPress way the kind of pack jobs that were put together when they never really shifted gears to be more mainstream and you know I I'm so tempted to start listing off product names because there are a ton of them there are 81 of these products that you do not want to go near at all but I'm not into that I want to keep this one positive is just put it this way MemberPress is going to be a real solid route for you to go okay him it essentially is going to do everything you needed to do just know that right off the bat I can start listen off bullet points in the different ways you can take payments in the different email integrations and all that I think him and to save that for when I show you the plug-in but you can come here and read about it let's take a quick look at the pricing I know the prices gone up a little bit since my first review video about a year and 1/2 ago it's got up about 20% which is reasonable because they know how much support they want to provide and it's okay to pay just a little bit more so you have a single site licenses 119 a developer license can be 239 I own the developer license for 239 paid with it paid for it with my own money and these are to come with a variety of add-ons one important thing to note is that and I actually really like this about MemberPress it integrates with a lot of third-party solutions but they also provide solutions direct one of them is if you want to have an affiliate program for your membership website while it includes a perfect affiliate program called affiliate Royale they used to sell this separately but they've integrated it and it communicates and it works perfectly with MemberPress but if you don't want to use this there's other solutions that they'll be more than happy to integrate with one of those being affiliate WP okay so this is the cost you can come here take a tour frequently asked questions I have a link to this but down below obviously I'm an affiliate with them and I'm trying to think of a good bonus package if you did purchase it through my link I think I might put together a course on creating membership websites so if you did purchase MemberPress through my link down below what I'll do is when you click on it also need to page on my website about the offer and does essentially by MemberPress semi cup with a receipt and I give you access to the course but until I build that coarsening of access to one of my other ones if you did happened to purchase MemberPress just to sweeten the deal there so let's go ahead and take a look at my WordPress website now I have MemberPress installed I did that are ready just to save a little bit of time and I wanted to go in and activated first thing what it does is it adds this nice widget right here that gives you a snapshot of the stats for your membership websites just you know some money stats and kind of snapshot of the transactions there are really good reporting capabilities and actually one of the projects I had done with MemberPress as I move someone from an existing membership platform and they were also on some other affiliate platform they're paying a lot of money for both the solutions and I was able to work with support to figure out how to import all that stuff into MemberPress so that it would be a seamless transition process we were even able to link up the different dub came out PayPal processing so that it was a smooth transition because it was a reoccurring cost of the membership let's just say maybe go through the different option page set up process so I didn't go through it so I've had this message it says MemberPress hasn't been configured yet but I can click on this link to go through it so typically with a plug-in like this or maybe WooCommerce any of these these more involved the plug-ins all have this nice little set up process so the first thing they'll do is there any need to set up some unique pages that they're going to use for the plug-in so with MemberPress they want to thank you page your account pages with the account page for your members and a login page and we don't have to touch this when I go through the options and then click update options this can automatically create these for me on that we could use our slugs a we can leave these default as well here's some options on how to deal with unauthorized access by default right here it's saying to show a login form on those pieces of content that are restricted and you can also choose a message however for me I think it's better to choose redirect to a specific URL so this could send them to a URL to either join the membership or to log in and the reason why is some page builders might give you some trouble the content that you put in the page builder might be outside of what MemberPress or any of its on a MemberPress issue with any membership plug-in would see as the actual content area and it's because a lot of these page builder plug-ins and some wonky things so I've found it to overcome that I would just use this option right here and redirect them to a specific page family this as default let's keep moving on on this set up processing is actually very quick by the way you shouldn't feel overwhelmed at all with the set of processes like a five minute thing to be longer with me because I'm in a be explaining some of these options so Nexus take a look at these permissions so right here is a really nice feature and it's it you know what I like about going through his options there choosing like what I would choose except that one setting just a second ago the really choosing what I would choose in going through a set up process and so this one right here is perfect this is disable the WordPress admin bar for members have you ever been to a website where you got a login and now that you're logged in you have this WordPress bar at the top it's kind of confusing usually only see that when you're the administrator of your website and then you can actually click into like the backend of WordPress doesn't have all the options but you're still in this area that you probably have no reason to be and there's no benefit for you to be in there right here these these options here it prevents that from happening in fact there is this a developer I was talking to the other day he actually custom coded a plug in for a different membership plug-in for WordPress and it only did that one feature and I think charges like 15 or $20 for it and he says he's made so much money off of that but it should be added to the core plug-in but you get this with MemberPress because their experts at this and they thought through everything already it's a mature platform they thought through everything that you're gonna want and need and they've put it here as an option for you at some the other things a thought through right here is to allow your members to manage their own account this is good and bad right if you wanted to allow them to cancel their own subscription here's an option if you wanted to let them pause or resume their subscription which you probably wouldn't really use but it's there because this membership plug-in MemberPress will cover pretty much 999% of the membership site scenarios that anyone could or would have so it's nice to allow your members to administer things on their own because that's less work that you're going to have to do some and wants to cancel and you make it so they if you go to solution where they can't do it in on their own and then now they're contacting you and I have to do all this admin work so really cuts down to give your your members the opportunity to do that them selves now here are some options to control the registration process and set that up there here are some log in options this would force someone to go to a specific login page that you might have designed or created that's probably what I would do is have them go to a specific login page and then you can choose what happens to them after they log out while this is login this right here these two options are where they go on a login where they go when they log out soaring when they login you might want them to go to an update page a remember dashboard or whatever like that that you might've set up for them and after they log out you might want to send them onto your blog or your homepage or something like that so these are our account options let's take a look at fields and this is actually very simple it's just the information you want to get from someone when they register so you know like the address stuff if you didn't want the address stuff you would leave this unchecked and you wouldn't require it just like that if you wanted their name which you probably do you would show it in then require it but a lot of kiss situations you might want additional pieces of information maybe you want some information about them that's not your address and your name type of information and you can actually add these custom fields right here in the settings is you don't need some custom field solution to add that in you can grab it all right here I really like that they've done that us let's take a look at payments so right now I didn't actually activate the add-ons for all the various payment processors so were probably knocking to see them right now so by default it's given me I think there's other ones in this add-on option thingamajig are here that were to take a look at a minute so by default it's given me authorizenet PayPal express checkout PayPal payments Pro and what I like is a also offer PayPal standard people standard you don't really have to go through all these weird hoops with PayPal just you put your PayPal email address there and you set this thing called in IPN and all of these connecting into these payment processors it's all documented on the MemberPress website and then we have stripe of course so what I don't know if you realize that but you can actually have multiple multiple payment methods so if I wanted this to be striped and then I can just go ahead and click on this plus and then right here I could use PayPal standard or something like that and you can go ahead and it's it's it's so easy if I wanted striped just go to striping get your secret and the publishable key right here you just copy and paste those right in and bam you are good to go with accepting payments already through stripe it's that easy to do and there's some various options here as well same thing for PayPal I chose standard which only really requires the email but then here is the the IPN that you would need to paste into your PayPal account what that is is someone makes a purchase through PayPal PayPal pings the website right back to say okay we did actually get the money because you don't know what happens when someone leaves the website and so that's with the PayPal IPN is you should be familiar that nexus take a look at emails you're obviously going to want to put in here you're from name and these are the emails what's going to be sent out from the system so right here you will deftly want to put your name and the email that would be tied to your website and there's all these prewritten emails right here for all these different events and you can go here you can send a test email to see what it looks like and you can click on the edit to change the text of any of these emails but you can just when you read the different emails that it has you can see how like well thought out this solution is how they really covered all of the bases was right you might not be thinking I need to have a positive subscription notice email but MemberPress is already thought of that for you and and that's what I like and right here credit card expiring notice to see these are things you're not getting when you use one of these hokey Nokia free solutions plug-ins that you're getting off of the WordPress repository unit you're not getting these things they don't have credit card expiration notices that you know they they are not as deeply and well thought out as a paid solution like MemberPress is right here we have some admin notices as well now you for sending emails out from WordPress you absolutely have to have one of the SMTP plug-ins for WordPress they're all free and looking to make it so you can choose where the emails go out from if you don't do that probably emails and end up in the spam folder such as a little side bonus let's take a look at the marketing tab and essentially what this is going to do is allow MemberPress to integrate with some of your email marketing platform providers number not seeing the list of integrations right here because I haven't enabled any of them would have to show you that but then you come here you can connect into a lot of the biggest most well-known 1/3 party system subordinate take a look at that moment so you get your convert kit your active campaign and all of these various services dripped I think is also in that list but will will take a look at that moment also if you know me I'm big on Mautic they don't actually have an official Mautic solution but there's 1/3 party one available a second look at info this is your info that you would put in here that would be used for various purposes that we have these general options right here which is language currency things of that nature here is interesting if you want to have a blog posts that are behind a pay wall and there's options here for that so let's move on and then we have taxes I tell you if you're you're going to have these little solutions that are free that don't factor in taxes and all this kind of stuff this is the one solution that will fit 999% of the scenarios let's see what happens when I hit update options let's see how it's given me a warning because I tried to add those payment processors but I didn't set them up properly so it took those out which makes it easy now I do that great so now we have our pages to set up my thank you account login and all this stuff is set up so now let me actually try to find that at on page I think I can go to activates right here this is where you would have activated it and then right here's the add-on tab so here's all the little add-ons that are included with MemberPress now what's beautiful about this is you don't want to just bog down your website with a ton of add-ons and plug-ins and all that big heavy plug-in because it will over time it could cause some performance issues so the model that MemberPress as is you just install the core plug in and then you just install what you need and it's all right here so let's just go through these requests you really know what you're buying so we got that active campaign integration that's a very popular auto responder marketing automation platform affiliate or Royale that's the complete affiliate platform one button and you have that installed the Avent affiliate program now for your membership website we have a Weber we have Amazon Web services so this is to allow you to use Amazon's a server to protect your contents you have your content there and then when you're using it in your site it keeps it more secure it has all the information right here buddy press integration never been a fan of Buddy press Re: campaign Monitor constant contact convert kit these are all email autoresponder services this is actually very interesting corporate accounts so if you have a membership website and you want to have a like a corporate package for company and all their employees you can do that in this actually very unique well thought out solution that is kind of rare and I think there's only one other membership plug-in that provides this delightful downloads not familiar with that developer tools drip that's your another marketing automation platform get response help scout that could be good as well to provide support importer that's the move data in and out mad Mimi MailChimp meld the new MailChimp integration so they say this is why you want a membership solution that you're paying for because you have these providers they change things drip change things MailChimp change things so you need a developer that is on top of re-doing things when these integrations stop working because of the other company mail poet math captcha mail relay send a sensei that's a learning management platform and WordPress user roles all these integrations are all right here for you now be honest I haven't set up a membership site with MemberPress in quite a while and so I'm going to try to do right now to show you how easy this without looking at the documentation but I may stumble along the way and only have five minutes to do it because I need to wrap this video up and go to memberships were going to go ahead and click on add new and I'm just gonna call this the gold membership there it is I got my name here I would go ahead and pop in a price so let's make this $50 per month so I popped my 50 in on the billing type election I need to change the access right here to expire and I think I need to make it expire okay billing type now I can make a reoccurring so it's can be $50 or reoccurring in the interval is going to be every month like that now you can offer a trial

If you wanted a one dollar trial for 10 days or something like that we can do that and we can also limit how long someone's going to be paying for this so if it's 50 bucks a month per year we can just click on here and we can put 12 in and then what happens at the end whether they keep their their access or they lose it when we get rid of that and so let's scroll down so here is some of our membership options so we can create some or link this up to some custom pages and we can also have certain payment methods only work with this membership if you wanted here is where we would configure our permissions and this is really who can purchase this membership right here is the price box option we can actually use MemberPress to create a whole price grid if you wanted and if you had a group of different plans for the same access you can group them together and have different pricing tables side-by-side actually it would probably look something like this right here okay so moving through it that's the price box and then here's an advanced tab were we can pop in some terms and some redirect URL some to go ahead and click on publish like that and there you go I've got my first membership that I don't really have a pretty looking theme right now which is the default theme up there it is gold membership my term and everything perfect all right so we have that now what we do is we can actually have a several memberships and we can group them together so right here like these are two memberships that are grouped together to actually purchase the product but I'm knocking to do that right now but this is how the security works with MemberPress it is so simple to secure content we do it based on rules which makes so much sense to me so let me go add new and let's take a look at what these rules look like looks like in order for them blue work I need to change a setting in the options which is fine I can configure this right now so we can name our rule right here and here are our rule options can be all content and we have all these these different options so for example if you just wanted posts with a certain posts security you can do based on tag so if you want to create a a post for your membership you created you can maybe have a tag that's called secure and if any content has that tag it's only to be viewable if you are logged in and have access to the membership the same thing goes for categories it can be particular posts on a one-off basis but that's a little hard to manage really you really would want to use some kind of a option of categorization or tags in order to identify automatically which content you want protected another powerful option if your contents could be on pages what with WordPress you can have a parent page and then child pages you can have the parent in all of the children to be protected in that's how I've implemented this several times in the past you know any new page that's a child of the parent page is going to be protected in this membership have so many options now what you want to do though is you want that you want to choose the option that's good to be the easiest to manage moving forwards you're not having to tweak the rules so the tagging option the category option the parent-child option these are the options that you're going to want to choose to go with a single page right now because I am trying to do this quick and the only page I actually have is probably the excellent use post because I know I don't have the content but I know I have the hello world post right who doesn't there is hello world him to click on that and then click on save rules open actually got it tagged this sorry I forgot I got a link it up to an actual membership so I created multiple membership site have them all listed here I have actually click on the membership that I want let me go ahead and click on save rule and just you know guys I already have a membership website some can come pay 50 bucks a month and it's going to automatically give them access to this content it's not really any more complicated than that and also you can enable direct feeding content just so you know you can issue out coupons if you wanted to give coupons I'm not a believer in coupons actually don't like coupons at all you can have the reminders here that you can set up reminders for you reminders for your members so if you want to remind him that a payments coming up or something like that you have these powerful reminder options I'm not doing this justice unfortunately here's where you can manage all your members right here you can see what they are in what the lifetime value of them are and the status here you can manage the subscriptions and how they're linked up with your payment processors right here's a list of individual transactions right here we have reports it's a very nice reporting solution gives you all the information that you need and there's a lot of it's just very flexible our options and our help so anyways I know I just kinda blasted through MemberPress this wasn't meant to be an entire step-by-step tutorial just kind of an idea of what it looks like underneath the hood and why I think that this is a really good solution for anyone that is serious about building a membership website hey I'm not going to hide the fact that hundred $19 might be a lot of money for you or if your developer 239 shouldn't be a lot of money for a developer because you can implement the solution for multiple customers and you'll have that direct access to support however if you're just starting out in your on a shoestring budget hundred and $19 might be a lot but I'm going to tell you right now don't go with the free solution I I'm telling you normally if there is a free solution that's rocksolid I'm in a say go for it if I've used it I know it's going to be good for you to say go for it even if there's other paid options go with the free solution but this is one reason you don't want to go with the free solution you just don't want to do it because you need support you need a well mature well thought-out solution if you're going to base your business on this this is what you're building your business on it's going to be the foundation and this is not where you want to coach but take it from my experience you do what you know you don't not want to go cheap unless you want to end up like me with no hair on your head when problems happen don't go cheap do not go cheap self anyways this is MemberPress let me know what you think in the comments section down below if you have built a membership website using MemberPress go ahead and link it if you wanted you can leave a link down below so people can see what you been doing in the creative things that you've done with MemberPress if you own MemberPress and you have any opinions about it that I might have left out go ahead and leave that as well down below and I will let you know I'm going to be reviewing some of the other membership plug-ins that I think are really good there is another one that I know is really good and I deftly want to give it a chance and I'll also compare the two but those will be on later videos so anyways I hope you enjoyed this video thank you for watching

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