One of the biggest advantages of building your site with WordPress is versatility. You can do anything you want, including creating a fully-fledged membership site.
If you’ve been thinking about starting a membership or eCommerce site to sell digital products or courses, you might be surprised to learn that it’s easier than you think. All it takes is WordPress and the right membership plugin.
In this article, I’ll show you how to do it. Let’s get started!
The ProfilePress Plugin
ProfilePress is a paid membership plugin that allows you to create and sell membership plans on your WordPress site. ProfilePress also helps you create custom registration and login forms on the front end. That means subscribers don’t need to access the WordPress admin panel to manage their accounts or interact with the site.
When you install and activate ProfilePress, you’ll be able to:
- Accept one-time and recurring payments
- Sell subscriptions
- Restrict content and control user access
If you can imagine it, you can build it. There are multiple ways you can utilize the plugin.
Sell Services and Digital Files
If you create downloadable content like PDFs, music, podcasts, photos, or videos, you can sell them through your website. ProfilePress helps you quickly set up payment integrations like Stripe or PayPal to accept payments.
Let’s say you want to offer tutorials on your website. You can sell one-time payment courses or let your students register for a recurring subscription if you like. You can also provide templates and other downloadable add-on content for an additional fee.
Create a Member Directory
Creating an online community where users interact can be rewarding and a potential source of income. ProfilePress lets you create custom registration forms, searchable member directories, and fully customizable user profiles.
Restrict Content with a Paywall
If you’re a regular publisher of content, you can create a premium paywall where only subscribers can access specific posts, pages, categories, and even custom post types.
The ProfilePress access restriction settings are based on the rules you set up. It’s very flexible, and you’re in control.
ProfilePress offers customizable templates for everything from registration and login to profile forms and the member directory for the front end. In addition, premium addons allow you to extend the plugin’s functionality. They include:
- Custom Fields
- Email Confirmation
- User Moderation
- Social Login
- Two-Factor Authentication
That’s the overview of ProfilePress, which looks to be a pretty robust solution. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty and see how it all works!
This article was written by DJ Billings and originally published on WP Mayor.