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How to Create Members-Only Content on WordPress

Jack Wallen introduces you to a plugin that makes it easy to monetize your WordPress content.

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WordPress is one of the most widely used website building frameworks on the market, and for good reason. Although WordPress was originally designed just for blogging, it has become a platform for almost any need.

Case in point: member content. Using WordPress and a simple plugin, you can create members-only content for your website. With the help of the paid membership pro plugin, you can monetize content on your WordPress site at different membership levels, including:

  • free
  • monthly
  • yearly
  • one time
  • life
  • trial

With Paid Membership Pro (free with paid plugins), you can monetize content from courses and tutoring, associations and professional organizations, physical and digital products, paywall content, and paid newsletters.

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The plugin also has paid plans, which are:

  • Standard: $247 per year, includes everything in the free version, including premium support, advanced customization, 20 standard add-ons, and automatic updates. Includes a site license.
  • Plus: $397 per year, including the Standard Edition and everything in 30+ add-ons. Includes two site licenses.
  • Builder: $697 per year, includes everything in Plus, including five site licenses.

Let’s install Paid Membership Pro on WordPress and see how to get started with it.

How to Install Paid Membership Pro

Installing plugins is the same as any plugin in WordPress. Log in to your site as an admin user and go to Plugins | Add New. In the search area, enter Paid Membership Pro (Figure A).

Figure A

Find Paid Membership Pro plugins in WordPress.

When the paid membership pro plugin came out (Figure B), click Install Now.

Figure B

Install Paid Membership Pro plugin.

Next, click Activate (Figure C) so that your website can use the plugin.

Figure C

Activate the paid membership pro add-on.

How to create your first membership level

Once the plugin is installed, you will find a new tab called Memberships in the left sidebar of WordPress. Click on the tab and you will get a warning that the membership level was not found (Figure D).

Figure D

You must first create a membership level.

Click Create Membership Level and a new popup will appear (Figure E).

Figure E

Create your first membership level with Paid Membership Pro.

Let’s say your first membership level is monthly. Click the entry, and on the results page (Figure F), fill in the necessary information for the membership level.

Figure F

Configuration page for monthly membership.

One thing to keep in mind is that you can limit this membership level to categories (Figure G). If you haven’t created a category, you should. You can even create a category called Monthly, so it’s easy to know which category is assigned to your membership level.

Figure G

Assign a category to the monthly membership level.

Now, when you create a new post on your site, you assign it to a monthly category, and only members who are part of the monthly membership can view that content.

Before continuing, you will also need to generate the various front-end pages required for the paid membership pro version. To do this, go to Membership and click on the Settings tab. in that window (Figure H), click Generate Pages For Me, which is the easiest way.

Figure H

Before your site is ready, you must generate the required pages for the plugin.

This will take you to a new page (Figure 1), where you can customize individual pages.

Figure 1

Customize page settings for Paid Membership Pro.

After configuring the page, click Save Settings. This is done by creating all the necessary pages to allow users to register for membership levels and manage their accounts.

After completing the final step, you can further customize the Premium Membership Pro to perfectly suit the needs of your WordPress site, your business, and your products.

Hopefully this plugin will help you monetize your content without resorting to more expensive custom solutions.

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