Turn WordPress Blogs into Paid Membership Sites

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WordPress has emerged as not only a leading blogging platform but also a content management system for many Web publishers. Now there is a simple plugin available that will turn your blog into a paid membership site.

The WP-Membership plugin allows publishers to collect membership fees for WordPress blogs via PayPal, Authorize.net, and YourPay, with additional payment gateways in development. Membership fees can be collected via recurring payments, with multiple subscirption levels, various subscription lengths and pricing options. Free and paid trial options are also available, as are page-by-page options so that certain content can be free while other, "premium" content can be fee-based.

WP-Membership is available from Synergy Software Group for $29.97 for a single domain with lifetime free upgrades.

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Swim University 11-13-2008 9:58 AM

I thought the idea of a blog was that it was a free service and could help drive traffic to your website. It's probably a great plugin but I just can't see paying for a blog. I would pay to be a member of a website but not a blog.

WinstonK 11-14-2008 12:13 AM

Matthew - I tend to agree, but it depends on the content of the blog whether I'd pay or not. To a large degree, a website and blog are the same thing.

Mike Phillips 11-14-2008 8:36 AM

Winston - that's a very good point. You could, for example, publish whitepapers on a "blog" and call it premium, paid content.

Apres Ski 11-14-2008 8:12 PM

MatthewG is right. Content is king! Some people won't ever have a website, but a blog, absolutely. I for one have been looking for a way to start a blog to go with my website, but haven't been able to until now.

Now that this is here, it means I can think about getting a blog for my classes. This is a cheap way for people to get trained on software when their jobs don't want to pay for it or tell them they've maxed out their tuition reimbursement until the next quarter. This is an answer to my prayers for my students and clients.

Also, if you have a crazy schedule and you want to keep up or just learn how to use the software without being soooooooooo dependent on someone, I want my blog to educate and remove that dependency. So I've got my work cut out for me, but I am determined to do it.

How does $10 a month sound? Well, I'll have to get to work right now. But at this point, half of my prayers have been answered. I'll pray for the other half . . . <giggle>

You guys might end up taking one of my classes. LOL!!

AnthonyC 11-18-2008 5:34 PM

Hi Guys, do not consider a wordpress blog, simply as a blog, but look at it tool to create a website. I create websites using wordpress as the basis, this allows the clients to update the content easily and quickly. Wordpress is a better solution than Joomla, as Joomla and others come with too many features and are not as easy to update or install as wordpress is. This plugin is well suited to training companies who want to offer content to subscribers rather than trying to learn a program like moodle

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