So we recently published an article on the membership site business model, providing insight into how this model can move you towards the “infinite hourly rate” (IHR).
We’ll be taking on the challenges in building a membership site one-by-one, and documenting the process along the way.
Right now we’re in the planning phase so that’s what will be covered off first.
The Planning Phase
First we’ll look at what sort of challenges we will be facing and think about the considerations that we should be making.
Potential membership site platforms
Here’s a guide from the elegant themes blog on how to use Patreon to create a membership site with WordPress.
Here’s a guide from the elegant themes blog on how to use Memberful to create a membership site with WordPress.
Potential Forum Plugins
Here’s a guide from the elegant themes blog on how to use BBPress to create a forum on your WordPress website.
Potential Approaches to an Online Community
In this Elegant themes article, they discuss the 3 different approaches to an online community. Namely;
- Community Blog
- Social Network
Potential Learning Management Systems (LMSs)
A potential niche of membership sites, the learning management system…
Here are some options for learning management systems compiled by elegant themes…
And some other options for learning management systems compiled by Kinsta…
LifterLMS is a front runner for a couple of reasons:
- It’s one of the most popular solutions – meaning it’s supported and debugged
- It has a Freemium Model, which means learning can be done at low cost and then upgrades paid for later
- The Premium version has everything a class leading LMS needs
Download LifterLMS from WordPress.org here https://wordpress.org/plugins/lifterlms/
Potential Marketing Automation Plugins for WordPress
Here’s a blog article from elegant themes that explains how UserEngage can be used to integrate marketing automation into your WordPress site.
The potential here is significant, as triggers and actions can be set based on website visitor behaviours.
SendinBlue also has marketing automation capabilities, triggering emails based on user actions.