Creating a membership site is a great way to add income to any website. You can also use membership sites a way to capture email addresses, build your list and bring visitors back to your site. Word Press is a great platform for creating membership sites, if you have the right plugins.
Today we are going to go through the process of setting up the S2Member Word Press plugin and create our very own membership site.
First, you will need to go to Plugins on the left hand menu bar of your WP Admin Panel. Click on Add New. In the search box search for S2Member. Select it from the list and click Install Now.
Before you set up the plugin, you will want to create a few necessary pages for your new membership site .
- Membership Options Page – This is where your site visitors will sign up for your site. You will place all the information on what your site is all about as well as a link to your Registration Page or PayPal Buttons. If you are offering a free membership level your registration link will be http://yoururl.com/wp-login.php?action=register. If you are charging we will set up our PayPal Buttons later on.
- Login Welcome Page – This is the first page your visitors will once they log in. Use this page to welcome them to your site and let them know what they should do next. You can also provide Upgrade information on this page.
- Wrong Subscription Level – This will be an error page where your visitors will be redirected if they are trying access content that is protected for higher subscription levels. Here you should put information on why they can’t access the content and how they can upgrade to the next subscription level.
- Download Limit Exceeded – You will only need to create this page if you are offer downloadable content. This is another error page. This time it is for subscribers who have used up their allotted number of downloads.
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