Forbes found that 15% of online shoppers subscribed to an e-commerce membership program in 2018. This emerging trend for subscriptions is an opportunity for businesses to create more revenue and build engaged online communities with a membership site.
You can create a membership site to offer premium content to paid members. Or you can provide free membership to your customers who want to join your beta product launch. Now is the time to invest in a quality membership system.
Your default WordPress website isn’t a membership site. But lucky for you, there are plugins available to add all the elements you need to build a robust membership site to your existing site, including membership plans, registration forms, and payment gateways.
The top-rated ARMember plugin can help you build your own membership site. This easy-to-use tool offers multi-level memberships, flexible content restrictions, and multiple payment options. Plus, with a premium add-on, you can grow your membership business with an affiliate program.
ARMember is a free WordPress plugin for building and managing a membership site. The tool requires no coding experience and your members can register for a plan, get access to gated content, and process their membership payments. The plugin’s user-friendly interface makes it easy to manage your membership site.
Keys Features of the ARMember Plugin
A robust membership site will help attract and retain members. ARMember is a comprehensive membership system to build a fully functional membership site. Below are a few key features of the plugin.
Membership Setup Wizard
Some membership plugins limit how many plans you can offer on your site, but ARMember stands out from the competition by allowing you to integrate plan selections, registrations, payments, and coupons. This feature means you don’t have to create multiple membership setup pages, saving you time to focus on generating sales.
You can also build membership plans that support multiple payment durations for recurring plans. For example, your members can choose to pay $40 for a monthly subscription or $420 for an annual membership. If you like, there’s also an option to offer a free or discounted trial period to entice members to sign up for a paid plan.
ARMember comes with a built-in form builder to create unique forms, sign-up pages, and login modals. You can customize predefined form templates to fit your brand’s style. Plus, if you like the form you created, just duplicate it so you never have to start from scratch.
Your members receive a streamlined form experience, too. Use ready-made, social logins to connect members to your site using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. The no-CAPTCHA forms also ensure members can safely log in without having to answer annoying security questions.
You can set restrictions on who has access to your website content with this plugin. This feature works well when you have multiple membership levels and you want members on different levels to see specific content. You have the ability to set access rules for certain pages, posts, categories, and navigation menus.
Want to restrict only part of your content? ARMember also offers partial content restrictions to help you protect specific parts of content based on certain conditions. This option is available in your WordPress editor labeled as Restrict Content. Then, you’ll see a popup like the one below.
Drip Content Facility is a built-in module for scheduling your website content. A drip rule can be based on the type of content, like a page or post, or the membership plan. You also can drip the content immediately, after a certain time of subscription, or on a specific future date. This feature is perfect for businesses offering membership courses with weekly modules where they want to delay the release of content.
There’s always a risk of getting your website hacked. This plugin helps mitigate that risk with security protections to prevent cybercriminals from accessing your membership site. ARMember includes a brute force login to stop hackers from logging in and stealing sensitive information.
Hackers can also enter your site when members casually share their login details with friends. You can use the Cheat Off feature to disable the sharing of account credentials and automatically lock the liable account.
While the ARMember plugin is free, you can upgrade to get premium add-ons to extend the functionality of your membership site. Check out the benefits of the following add-ons below.
This add-on gives you a chance to own an affiliate program and pay your affiliates for referring new members. When members pay for a plan on your website, the add-on will cross-check the referral with your affiliates and then give the commission to the affiliate who referred the member. You also can create banners and text links for your affiliates to promote your website.
Want to share a file with specific users? No problem. The ARMember Digital Download add-on lets you manage the access of your digital documents. Just set the access permissions and upload a file or add an external file link, and then members can get the digital download. You also can keep track of who downloaded the file.
An effective online social community encourages interaction among its members. With this add-on, your members can create user profiles, send and accept friend requests, and communicate with other members through private messages. Members also can express their feelings with emoticons in messages.
Take advantage of the subscription trend amongst online customers. Using the ARMember plugin, you can build a membership site with customized forms, content restrictions, and security protections. With a memberships site, you're on your way to generating more revenue for your business.
Originally published Oct 25, 2019 11:56:48 AM, updated October 25 2019