Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a membership system to the site, part of WordPress DIY: Community Website.
- At this point we have pretty much all the features listed in the goals and requirements on the site. Information pages about the organization and how to get membership, blog posts and featured blog posts, we have a community forum, an events calendar and even forums for members to submit event listings and contact the organization. The only problem is, right now everyone who visits the site has access to everything. That kind of defeats the purpose of selling memberships at least where the website is concerned but that's all about to change.
You see, WordPress allows us to create individual user accounts for members and restrict what type of content they can access. Out of the box these features are fairly crude but with a membership plugin we can take control over who is a member, what they can do and what they can see on the site and how long their memberships last. So in this course we'll use a membership plugin called Simple WordPress Membership. I'll go to plugins and click add new. From here I'll search plugins, Simple Membership, and find this one called Simple Membership.
I'll install it now and activate the plugin and once activated you get a new button at the very bottom of the WordPress admin menu. From here we can now manage members, set up new membership levels, customize settings, and also set up payments and add ons. Now in this course I'm only going to cover members, membership levels and settings. We're not going to talk about taking membership payments through the site and adding add ons. And there's a simple reason for that, if you want to take payments through your site, we're talking about a whole new level of complexity, because taking payments on a website requires a high level of security and a high level of security on your server and how you manage the membership data.
If you're interested in learning more about how to take payments through a website powered by WordPress, I urge you to go check out the WordPress Ecommerce Course by Patrick Rauland, right here in the Lynda.com library.
Find more courses in this series in our WordPress DIY playlist.
- Understanding your site goals
- Making a content inventory
- Choosing a theme and plugins
- Configuring the menus and layout
- Extending functionality with plugins
- Adding forums, events, and forms to your website
- Importing WordPress users as community members
- Securing your site and managing spam