Part 1 – Where I talk about membership levels, creating groups for upgrade and downgrade, rules and coupons. The MemberPress plugin is very reasonably priced compared with others in the market place.
Part 2 – In this blog article, I talked about keeping your members in the loop, reporting and managing your course and program users. I also showed you the different payment gateways, system emails and email marketing integration.
Now, let’s finalize this topic with the last five. I’ve built a few membership subscriptions with this plugin and I love the flexibility and the range of integrations that it has with other 3rd party platforms. This means that you can automate your membership platform with other services to give you.
11. Learning Management Systems Integrations:
What is LMS? It is a platform for digital learning. Let’s break it down…
L — stands for Learning. With an LMS, you can create a place where you can store all your online courses and training materials.
M — Management. You can manage programs and/or courses and students. You can manage and generate reports to be assessed and to improve your business efficiency. An LMS is a well-organized system where you manage the training process.
S — System. A computer system, to be exact. An LMS automates the most boring and tedious work such as grading, processing statistics, and preparing reports. Plus, you can train your employees without leaving the office, managing all the processes right from your work computer.
In other words, an LMS is like your own online Academy. The system allows you to store and create eLearning Courses, provides learners access to the content, and helps you evaluate the results. Beyond courses, this system is also used by coaches to store their knowledge and program content enabling them to leverage their time instead of constantly trading time for money. We go deep in setting this system in the Radical Launch System program, where I and my team offer a Done 4 You membership site development whilst we are putting together the meaty core content for your group programs.
There are so many that I would probably need to do a new article just to talk about these. I’ll leave you here with a short screenshot so that you can have an idea.
13. Affiliate Royale:
Affiliate Royale is an Add-on of MemberPress which makes it possible to build an Affiliate Program for your services so that others can earn a commission when they promote your business. When you’ve built a client base who is willing to recommend your services this is when this plugin comes into play. In my previous blog article, How To Build a Tribe of Ambassadors for your Business, where I show you exactly how this works.
14. Gamification is the evolution of online learning.
It is a fact that we all learn better and much quicker when we are having fun. This plugin integration GamiPress allows you to involve your Tribe in your content and reward them for their actions. have you seen
15. Are you coming from another membership system? You can use the MemberPress Importer!
Whether you are coming to MemberPress from another membership system, moving your site to a new domain, or are adding a membership portion to your existing site, you may have a need to migrate certain things over. The MemberPress importer is a powerful tool that allows you to import important data into your system. The most common uses for the importer is to add users and their subscriptions into MemberPress from a previous membership solution.
IT’S A RADICAL WRAP:
Building your own membership system is a radical decision for your business and one that you should look into sooner rather than later. If you want to package your knowledge and expertise then I urge you to look into the group business model. If you want to impact many in 1 GO, this is how you do it. This is my zone of genius, I’ve experimented with several systems and by far this has all the prerequisites of a sustainable platform. If you’re interested in knowing more about this RADICAL SYSTEM, I would love to chat with you or leave a comment below.
In this article today I’m giving you the ins and outs of five more features for MemberPress Membership WordPress Plugin. Let’s start with reminders.
6. Keeping your members in the loop.
Forgotten Password and easy reminders:
Your clients are busy running their business and their life and I bet they have a bunch of passwords that they’ve used for other courses and programs so it’s very common that they would forget what password they used in yours. You can help them by sending them a “resend welcome email” message and this is how it’s done:
Another awesome feature of this plugin is the ability to send reminders when subscriptions expire and this how you do it:
7. Reports are crucial for the scalability of your membership site:
This is how you assess what is working and what needs tweaking with your membership site. Are you retaining your members? Or are you losing your members? With the MemberPress Plugin, you can easily and quickly have an overview of all your membership level performance. Watch the video below as I show you how to generate reports inside your membership site.
8. Make it easier for your members to pay you:
There are a few payment gateway options inside MemberPress settings option and for each of them, there are video tutorials available to help you set it up. Some are very straight forward however the Paypal option can be a bit tricky. This is what is available right now inside this system:
Offline Payments, if you are receiving cheques and/or cash from your clients
Authorize.net is another option. Personally I haven’t used this option yet.
And the most popular gateway option of all is Stripe. Here’s a video tutorial on how to do this setup.
9. Emails from MemberPress Plugin System:
MemberPress has a settings tab just for its system emails. You can send emails to your members for specific actions and also to any admins within your WordPress website. I’m sharing a video tutorial explaining all the components of the emails available.
10. Email Marketing Integration:
MemberPress currently supports ActiveCampaign, AWeber, Constant Contact, ConvertKit, Drip, GetResponse, Mailchimp,MailPoet, and Mailster, email list integrations, which you can use to collect a member’s email address during signup. This can be very useful for your email marketing campaigns.
If your email marketing provider is Ontraport, you can use the WP Fusion add-on from MemberPress. I will get into these add-ons feature in my next blog article – Part 3.
IT’S A WRAP
I hope you’ve enjoyed knowing about these 5 hidden features of MemberPress, but there is more to come in my next blog post. It is the last five from this list. I’m sure you will enjoy them and will be able to use them in your own membership website.
Do you have a subscription membership already? If not, why not? Would you like to find out how this plugin for WordPress will help you impact more in one go? That is what I teach in my upcoming group program – The Radical Launch System.
15 Hidden MemberPress Plugin Features That Will Make Your Life Easier
In this blog series, I’m showing you the potential of this WordPress Plugin.
I have been using the MemberPress plugin for a while and it’s been pivotal for building my clients membership sites and allowing them to have a recurring income and a place where they can host their group program’s content.
The first struggle clients have when building their group programs is designing their program content in a way that it is not overwhelming to their members. This is crucial if you want to keep your members interested and engaging inside your membership.
The 2nd struggle is their non-tech knowledge. I needed to find a plugin that is going to make their lives easier and ultimately built their site for them because let’s face it, you rather be coaching or consulting your clients than messing with technical web design code!
Why do I use a WordPress plugin instead of using a 3rd party plugin like Kajabi?
Firstly, there is the cost. Why paying monthly for a 3rd party platform when you can OWN yours once it’s build and tested. There is definitely an initial high cost when you ask someone to build your membership site but this will soon be recovered once you start your marketing activities and drive people to your programs and courses. The investment pays itself!
Control and Flexibility. When you have your own platform it’s like having your own brick and mortar business. It’s your home and therefore you will be in total control and set your own rules.
The customisation can be slightly hard if you don’t have any knowledge on how to do it. However many web developers can help you with this functionality and design and structure your membership site the way you want it and envisioned.
When you create your program content structure it can sometimes be difficult to figure out what is the best way to design it and build the flow for your members so that they don’t feel lost.
The MemberPress plugin comes with an add-on integration which enables you to build a community of Ambassadors for your services through an Affiliate Program.
Let me show you 5 features inside the MemberPress Plugin. You know the ones that you don’t see working until you use it!
1 – A price tag that does not break the bank
You have 3 payment options which can be found here.
Each option has different features, we use the Pro developer option in all our client’s membership site builds and the cost is included in the package provided.
So, if you are thinking about building and launching your own member’s area for your audience this plugin could be a good solution for your business.
NOTE: This prices might be slightly different at the time of reading this post.
2. Membership Levels that can be customised to your audience’s want/need
Membership levels are used to set up different pricing options for your clients. Each level of membership offers your clients access to different levels of content—different lessons, resources, workbook downloads, additional one on one coaching, and so on. Each level will have its own content, and the pricing will increase as users go up.
You can also use this plugin for recurring monthly subscriptions i.e networking events, masterminds, subscription fitness workouts and so much more. The possibilities are endless.
With MemberPress, there’s no limit to the number of membership levels you can make, so you can customize your plans however you wish. If you are an Educator, Coach, Consultant or have a business that goes others on how to master a craft then membership sites are a good solution as they can be built online with a totally secure portal for your audience.
You can also drip the content access to your members so that they have time to implement what is required per module given to them. This is particularly effective if you want them to implement and be accountable for their actions.
3. Create Groups that allow upgrade and downgrade options:
Groups are a unique feature of MemberPress. Groups allow you to quickly and painlessly set up a nice features comparison page for users to get a quick snapshot of the various Memberships you offer.
Setting up a Group in MemberPress also allows your users to upgrade or downgrade their memberships.
Groups show up on your site just like a WordPress page would. You should give the Group page a title. The content is optional as the page will display the Membership pricing tables by default.
Anything you add as content on the group page will be shown above the Memberships pricing table. Below is a screenshot of what a Group pricing page can look like.
4. Rules within MemberPress control all your program/course content:
Once you’ve created your membership levels and your groups then the next step is to start building rules around your program content.
Here’s a basic breakdown of MemberPress Rules:
All Content – This allows you to protect all content. However, it is not as easy as it seems. You should exclude certain MemberPress pages that need to stay public, for the proper functioning of your website. Those include (but not limited to), Login page, Account page, Membership registration pages, and Unauthorized redirect page (if set).
You might need to add some other, non-MemberPress related pages to the exclusion list, like “Contact Us”, “About Us” and similar, but that is entirely up to you.
All Content Categorized – Same as above, but protects all content based on a category applied.
All Content Tagged – Same as above, but protects all content based on a tag applied.
A Single Post – This allows you to protect one individual post.
Posts Categorized – This allows you to protect any post(s) which has been assigned a certain category. Using categories in WordPress is a great way to keep your membership content organized.
Posts Tagged – This allows you to protect any post(s) which has been tagged with a specific tag. This is similar to the Categories rule but gives you a bit more control over how you want to organize your membership content.
All Posts – This allows you to protect all posts on your site at one time. Be sure to use this option with caution as it can conflict with other rules you may have set already such as “A Single Post”, “Posts Categorized”, or “Posts Tagged”.
A Single Page – This allows you to protect one individual page.
Child Pages of – This allows you to protect all children from the selected page. A child page in WordPress is any page in which you set a “Parent” value when creating/editing the page.
All Pages – This allows you to protect all pages at once. Be sure to use this option with caution as it can conflict with other rules you may have set already such as “Child Pages of” and “A Single Page”.
By default, WordPress doesn’t allow you to add tags or categories to a page. However, you can install and activate Add Category to Pages plugin, which will allow you to do so and in return, you’ll get two additional rules – Pages Categorized and Pages Tagged, that will act exactly the same as the abovementioned Post rules.
Partial – Select this option if you only plan to use this rule to hide partial content with the use of a Shortcode or PHP Snippet (See here)
Custom URI – Allows you to protect files and pages by what’s in the URL. Read this page for more information on protecting files.
Custom Post Type – Any custom post types that you have created will appear in the drop-down menu when selecting rule type. You will have the option to protect any of the custom post types based on all custom post types or one individual custom post for the one you have selected.
Account page advice: We recommend to exclude the Account page from any rule because it is by default, inaccessible to non-logged in visitors of your website. If you protect that page additionally, once a members’ subscription expires, they would not be able to access the Account page in order to update their credit card details, for instance. That will create more work for you and will not contribute to data protection in any way.
Drips and Expiration’s – For a more detailed explanation of how these settings work, please see this page. You can set a time for the Rule to drip (become available) or expire (become unavailable) based on any “X” amount of days, weeks, months, or years after a trigger has been made. The triggers you can select are when the member registers (meaning on your site), after a fixed day in the future, or after they purchase any or a specific membership on your site (all created memberships will appear as options). So let’s say you have 12 protected posts, and you want the member to have access to only one post per month after they signup. Well enabling drips and expiration’s will allow you to do this easily, and much more.
5. Coupons are a great idea if you have a special promotion such as an early bird offer of your program. I explain in more detail in the video below.
IT’S A WRAP
I hope you’ve enjoyed knowing about these 5 hidden features of MemberPress, but there is more! More I say!
Next blog post I’m going to talk about membership reminders you can send to your users, all about reports that you can get inside the dashboard, payment gateways, what emails your users receive included within MemberPress system and finally the various email marketing integrations you have at your disposal with this plugin. You can read more in Part 2 of these series HERE.
Do you have any questions? Please let me know in the comments.
How many times have you turned around and said: sorry don’t have time for “that”…too busy.
Really?? My dad is the wisest person I know and he used to tell us ever since I remember.
If you don’t have time?…make it! “Only those that don’t have time, are those that don’t really want it.” ~ My Dad
Now, this overwhelming feeling of “I’m running out of time” could also be that you’re not planning your day as you should. We all have the same time and the truth is that it doesn’t really run out, you’re just putting it off or moving your tasks for another day. Time is an Illusion and unfortunately, we allow time to control us.
When you really want something badly, you must take the time to put things in place to achieve it. I bet that you have said to yourself before: “I would really love to have my own membership site program but I don’t have the time!”. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to go travel around the world but time for your holidays is restrictive. Have you said to yourself: “When am I going to find the time?”.
You’re taking TIME for granted my friend! You know is there tomorrow or the next day so there is no urgency in you taking action. In you, pursuing your dreams because your mind is creating excuses and delaying what you want.
You are convinced that you can “fight time” or it magically rewind itself. That’s not going to happen I’m afraid. The only thing moving around you is days, months, years, time is going forward and you are stagnating and living your same old mundane life. You can’t gain time and you can’t lose time but you can definitely “waste” time when you allow your mind to control your thoughts and influence your actions.
Planning your day has to do with your ability to self-discipline and your willingness to reach your goals.
Here are some tips for you to manage your time…
1 – Affirm that you’re a TIME Warrior and you’re in control of all the time in the world. Meditate on it or visualise yourself having enough time to do whatever you desire. Get rid of all your old limiting beliefs that you are not worthy, not good enough and instead ask yourself: “what would I do if I have all the time in the world?”
2 – Go easy on yourself and block time off during the week just for you. If you’re not rested, the hands of the clock will feel like they’re racing. The most important person in your life is YOU so take good care of your mind and body.
3 – Keep a calendar timeline for all your goals and reverse engineer the actions that need to be taken. I love to green out all those tasks during the week. It helps me to visualise it better and there is a sense of accomplishment and pride for doing them.
4 – Choose a day to list all your weekly tasks and stick to it. I like to do mine on Friday afternoon but I know some people that prefer to do them during the weekend. It really doesn’t matter. The important is to choose a day and stick to it and obviously put it on paper or in your diary.
5 – Approach your tasks how it feels better for you so, for example, some prefer to do priority tasks first whilst others prefer to do the boring tasks. There is no right or wrong here. The way you do it doesn’t matter at all. Achieving the end result aka completing your tasks is the goal. It always gives me a sense of total happiness to end the week knowing that I have done at least 80% of what I wanted to do.
Being the master of your time means getting more done, staying energized and doing more things you enjoy.
And, having fun doing it.
Time slips away like grains of sand never to return again. ~ Robin Sharma
How are you spending your time or the lack of it? Remember that you can control your own time and if you want to make time fly, throw your watch out of the window.
Getting clients is easy when your mindset is right!
I remember when I wanted to start my 1st group program, the fear of failure was paralysing me.
– What if I invest money and get nothing in return?
– What will happen if nobody will join my program?
– Am I capable of leading others into achieving their results?
– It’s so noisy out there in the online world already. Would they listen to me?
– I don’t know what to do with my content and what to deliver to my audience. Is not structured the right way. Am I going to overwhelm them?
These feelings are going to come up all the time when you’re launching your group program. Even if it’s not your first time! Your mind is going to trick you and make you doubt every single step. Your inner gremlins are going to work overtime and you will encounter a few challenges along the way.
Don’t be scared, know that you are not alone. Others just like you have been through the same emotions. I’m no exception to the rule, I have been challenged many times to the point of wanting to just give up and return to my 9 to 5.
What has made me pursue what I so desired instead of giving up? Besides being a very stubborn person, the thought of returning to my JOB was making me sick to my stomach. After all, I fired my own boss and I was determined to make it work.
Then I got introduced to a technique that I was not familiar with. Yes, I am talking about MEDITATION. In true honesty, in the beginning, meditating was “alien” to me. I’ve tried all sorts of meditation techniques like facing a white wall, walking meditation, hypnotic meditation (I do like this one) amongst others.
Then I realised that nothing that I would do had any effect on me. I was still not quieting my mind and grounding myself. My inner chatter was intense.
My inner gremlins were driving me insane to the point of despair. One day I was writing in my Art Journal and asked myself: “What was the time in my life that I was in such a state of calm and emptiness in my mind?”, “What was I doing?”. A lightbulb just switched and suddenly it all made sense.
The time I remembered was when I was drawing or painting. I was in my own world, in control of my paint strokes and my creativity. I was calm and peaceful! When I was painting it was in control of the moving parts and it wouldn’t matter what I was drawing or even what other people would think of it. I then sought to learn about Art Expression Therapy and that is when I started to do my Art Meditation.
These are 3 easy steps to help you overcome the fear that you are feeling:
1 – Visualise your group program filled with your ideal clients and meditate on it. See it in your mind has if it had already happened. Who’s around you? What are you doing? Where are you?
2 – Ground yourself so that you don’t overthink and over-react and just BE in the moment! You are enough!
3 – Now, write your story in your journal and start reprogramming your mind so that you start believing and feeling the new reality you want to create. Instead of “What if I don’t get any clients”, let’s imagine your programs fully booked with your ideal clients, engaging and taking action just like you want it.
Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny. ~ Lao Tzu
Let’s do some Art Guided Meditation… grab some colouring pencils and some blank paper and listen to the meditation audio below:
After listening to the audio, draw anything that came up during your quiet moment. It can be anything, it doesn’t matter! It’s your vision and you are the owner of it and you control your own destiny.
IT’S A WRAP
I just want you to become aware that mindset is around 80-90% of your success. So, if you truly want to achieve your dreams and desires and build a life and business with intention, start by taming your inner demons and shifting your thoughts. You’ve heard the saying that what you focus on expands. Let’s focus on success and not a failure.
“What you focus on grows, what you think about expands, and what you dwell upon determines your destiny.” ~ Robin S.Sharma
Do you have any fears around your new launch? Let me know in the comments which ones were the worse.
Olá I'm Sofia and I'm a 9 to 5 Exit Strategist & Program Launch Coach
As a result of working with me my clients launch their signature membership site programs in line with their highest vision! They become visible online with confidence, they love achieving their desired income without all the tech frustrations because I do it all for them!
I work with aspiring coaching entrepreneurs who feel ready to become their own boss fearlessly.