If you're looking for membership site ideas to increase your membership, engage your existing audience, or earn more money from your online courses… you've hit the motherlode of membership site resources!
Building a successful membership site is a challenging endeavor, but one of the most rewarding parts of building a business online!
Membership Site Resources and Articles to Get You Started
Here are a few articles full of ideas and examples of real membership sites to help get your creative juices flowing:
- 7 Membership Site Ideas to Set Your Member Experience Apart
- Membership Site Examples: Inspiration for Your Members Area
- Five Things to Avoid in a WordPress Membership Site Developer
- 7 Great Recurring Revenue Business Ideas
- How to Use Gamification to Raise the Bar of Your Online Experience
Tools To Make It Happen
There are a lot of different tools available to help make your membership site a success. The first thing to do is decide what you want to be able to offer – and what your business can feasibly take on.
To begin with, check out our massive comparison post that walks you through the top WordPress membership plugins on the market. From free plugins to decked-out, full-featured plugins, this is the perfect starting point for your research:
When we were ready to take our own membership site on to new levels, we created our own solutions:
- AccessAlly, our WordPress membership plugin that integrates with Infusionsoft and Ontraport (check out the demo here)
- ProgressAlly, our gamification plugin that will work with any membership site.
These plugins are both created with the members' experience in mind, and can be used to transform your membership site into one that is both functional and unforgettable.
Connecting With the Right People Who Can Help
Setting up a membership site can be as simple or as complicated as you need it to be. Tools like AccessAlly and ProgressAlly are designed to enable you to build a beautiful, fully-functioning site on your own, without requiring specialized programming knowledge.
However, if you are still looking for someone with specialized knowledge to team up with, we have a team of pre-certified professionals who are ready and willing to give you a hand:
The AmbitionAlly Certified Partners
From web design to membership sites and business systemization, each of these – and are a huge joy to work with.
If you're stuck and need a helping hand, the AmbitionAlly Certified Partners are the people to talk to.
Sometimes it's just fun to see what other people have done with their own membership sites. Here's a glimpse into a super successful site built with the AccessAlly plugin:
A Glimpse Into Our Own Membership Site
When you're creating your membership site, it's important to make sure that it looks like a mere extension of your brand and current website. Here's a peak into our own membership site built with the AccessAlly plugin: Heartquarters.
The Home Page
Each user is able to see the full range of programs available within our membership site.
Of course, there are some that they don't have access to….yet.
We've found that a full view of all available courses really helps to up-sell some of the material that maybe someone wouldn't consider unless they'd just finished their studying for the day and were wondering “what next?”
This is an example of one way that you can add gamification into your membership site.
Each of our course modules is easily accessed by lessons in the left sidebar. After the user has completed a portion of the lesson, they can check the boxes.
When looking at the main view on the homepage, each member can see at a glance how far along they are in each of the courses they have access to.
The Practical Stuff
Often times, it's the little things that make a difference. With our plugin AccessAlly, we're able to give each member the ability to control his or her own billing preferences.
From switching up a credit card to taking advantage of our 1-click upsells, members who have access to their own account preferences are likely to have a more positive experience.
After all, the membership site is created for them!