If you have been using WordPress for a little while, then you will be familiar with the term Plugins.
A plugin is something that helps your WordPress blog, work a little bit smarter for you, making your work, a bit easier
However, what you might be less familiar with is the term
WordPress Membership Plugin
So this post aims to explain what they are, and how they will help you & more importantly your blog perform better so it does more of the heavy lifting.
To give you an idea, so that you can perhaps relate more to Membership Plugins. the Following Companies, all provide them
As you can see, each one of them, does different things, OptimizePress, lets you build landing and sales pages
Elegant Themes, as the names suggests lets you build a Elegant looking WordPress Theme and pages as well
Thrive Themes, let you build conversion focused Themes, that come with excellent plugins and are designed to make your blog, look nice, attract leads and turn them into conversions, hence they say they produce conversion focused themes
Additionally in the case of Thrive Themes, they have a very comprehensive University, as trhey like to call it, which covers a multitude of Marketing and WordPress topics
While Astra is geared more specifically for the offline small business market and has some incredible starter sites as they are called, which can be imported, by way of download and applied to absolutely any site at the touch of a button
So that gives you an idea as to the types of Membership Plugins that are available. These by the way, are by no means all of the ones available, there are tons more, these are just 4 of the highlighted ones.
How do they work? ...
Well as the name suggests, they are plugins, but plugins with a difference, because, they are membership plugins, which means, unlike a normal plugin, you have to buy the licence to use their products, the licence can cost anywhere from $99 to $230 and is valid for a year at a time, so obviously you would need to choose what you want with a bit of care
By that, I mean, you would have to look at the benefits of each membership plugin and decide, based on your own niche, what it is you want to achieve with your blog.
Most membership plugins have demonstrations of each product available so you can see what the products look like and how they perform
What can also be said with Membership Plugins is this, at first glance, you might not think you need all the products, but rest assured, when you take into account the benefits each product has, the price individually of each product, then the membership yearly price is a ... money saver for sure and no mistake
One of the things to consider when choosing the plugin is what is the support like, does it have an affiliate venture attached to it.
Other questions you might consider asking is what are the reviews like, are they transparent in what they do
Now you might well ask, why is that important?... The reason is this, if you were attracted to the Membership for a reason and choose to promote it, as part of your blog, then you would want to know how much commission you are going to get paid to promote it
Membership Plugins, can come with some very attractive commission packages, equally, they can also have some awful affiliate support attached to them, so be aware of this, in fact its a good idea to send a 'trial' support ticket in to test out how good the support system is
Do remember to allow time for a reply, though it has to be said, that the above membership plugins have some of the best examples of Support available ( especially Thrive)
Once you have made your choice, then installing it is very simple, just go to the WordPress admin area of your blog. as you
will see below, click on Plugins, then Add New
This then allows you to upload the plugin to your blog, however bear in mind that depending on the membership plugin you have chosen, then the file size can be quite big and so unlike smaller plugins, the upload time can be a few minutes compared to the almost instant upload of smaller plugins.
Virtually all the membership plugins, come with instructions as to the best way to use them, as well as blogs and some of the better ones have newsletters as well. so be sure to sign up for these and keep abreast of what is going on in Membership Plugin Land
Another very important thing to consider is this...
Your buying decision will be made on what the theme you are attracted to looks like in the demo.
But when your plugin is uploaded and you have chosen the the theme you wish to install ..Be Warned
It will look nothing like the Demo version!
Now this is because, the demo version uses sample data but don't fear because you can adjust and customise the theme in the customiser and in most cases your theme will look even better than what you first saw
The important thing to remember is not to panic, WordPress Membership Plugins can't break and another good thing to take into account when buying one, is that the products inside will have been tested very throughly to make sure they meet WordPress' very high standards
So there you have it, a brief summary and overview of
What are WordPress Membership Plugins