This is a review of using WP Wishlist Member for building membership websites.
First, do not take my word for it. When I decided to buy Wishlist Member, I spent more than an hour watching the videos on their website. They do one of the best jobs I have ever seen at showing you what their product does. I Yes, WP Wishlist Member has a 30 day money back guarantee, but I doubt anyone ever uses it because it is an excellent product and because they do such a good job of educating a prospective buyer in advance of the purchase.
Now for the wordpress membership plugin itself, it is important for me to give you some history of what I am comparing it to.
I started my first membership site initially in Moodle. Moodle is a nice open source eLearning tool that is used by entrepreneurs and big universities alike. However, I soon became overwhelmed with trying to customize it and deactive what was way too many features. I was spending too much time with the software and not making money.
So then I tried Ning. Ning is a nice free community site and I paid a small amount to take the adwords off of the site. Ning has a great community feel but I was not developing a real asset (developing the domain) and I could not easily structure and host course oriented information in a friendly way.
Then I tried Drupal. Drupal is another open source community and publishing platform and I do think Drupal could have worked well, but I was forced to start learning a new technology, which I did not want to invest more time into.
Then I tried Litmos. I really liked the simplicity of Litmos but I found it very expensive as I would be paying per person per month – and it would add a much higher cost to the opperation of the membership site and would hurt the profitability.
Sadly, it took me a full six months to realize that the best membership site software would be to use what I was already comfortable with – WordPress. I began using the free membership site wordpress plugin but I had to manually add and remove people from the site.
Finally I found WP Wishlist Member and everything got easy. I can now launch the technology around a membership site in less than an hour and focus on the important things, like content and marketing the membership site.
WP Wishlist Member is one of the best software investments I have ever made. I integrate it with 1ShoppingCart and the entire thing runs so smoothly that I tend to thing of the membership site as free money.
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