How to build a Video Membership website: School Tools TV Case Study

Look at how SchoolToolsTV.com  used Paid Memberships Pro to help build an educational online video membership website. They offers daily one-minute social skill videos to help teachers increase teachable time, reduce bullying, and improve academic results.

Screenshot of webpage


Making a membership only video library.

In order to build an effective video library that was only accessible to members, Schooltoolstv.com decided to use a really useful plugin called Vimeography. This plugin allows you to display videos hosted by Vimeo in a beautiful, modern gallery. This plugin is a simple solution for a membership site, portfolio, online course, or any other video collection.

Vimeography has a Pro version which unlocks an array of great features including hiding your videos on Vimeo but displaying them on your site, offer downloadable videos, and more.

In addition to Vimeography, Schooltoolstv.com is using Paid Memberships Pro to handle the membership side of their website. This includes restricting video and other content as well as handling the checkout process of the website. The WordPress theme that is being used on the website is Masterstudy, a premium WordPress theme by Stylemix themes.

Key components to creating a video membership website.

  1.  Install Paid Memberships Pro on your WordPress website.
  2. Create a Membership Level for your membership site and proceed to set up Paid Memberships Pro with all your relevant settings.
  3. Create a Vimeo Account and upload the videos that you want to include in your video library.
  4. Download and Install the Vimeography plugin.
  5. Use the Vimeography plugin to embed and display your videos on your WP page of choice.
  6. Use Paid Memberships Pro to restrict the page so that only members will have access to your video library.
  7. When users visit your video library they will be greeted with a login/register message encouraging them to either sign up for a membership level or if they are already a member, login to see your videos.

Top Tips for your video membership website

  • Select a theme with strong membership components like Memberlite.
  • Offer some free video content so that your visitors will have an idea of the type of content you provide.
  • Sync new PMPro membership signups with a MailChimp list. This will allow you to send out email newsletters, letting members know that you have released a new video(s).

Meet Rusty May

Rusty is a passionate educator and coach who is committed to helping teachers create caring working relationships with every student and giving them powerful tools that will help reduce negative classroom behaviors that rob them of their teachable time.

 

 

My web designer recomended Paid Memberships Pro, I found it easy to set up and use for my membership site. 

—Rusty May, SchoolToolsTV.com


About SchoolToolsTV.com

Effective teaching relies heavily on a healthy relationship between a teacher and the student. The better the relationship, the better the results. Schooltoolstv.com have made great effort to put together various videos and workshops for both teachers as well as students to help improve things like Social Skills, Classroom management and reducing bullying.  By subscribing to the School Tools TV membership, users will be granted access to daily educational videos, the SchoolsToolsTV community forum, and resources provided by subscribing teachers. Some of the benefits of being a subscriber and watching the SchoolsToolsTV show are:

  • Better Relationships
  • Fewer Problems
  • More Teachable Time
  • Improves Academic Results
  • Reduces Bullying

Visit SchoolToolsTV.com

Character Education Resources, Help against Bullying, Classroom School


If you have an interesting business that uses Paid Memberships Pro in a component of its technology suite, please submit an application and we will get in touch about preparing an in-depth showcase of your application.

 

How a Custom Member Dashboard Streamlined Client Communications for We Manage Your Site.

We Manage Your Site helps their members with everything from mundane WordPress maintenance tasks, right up to custom development and design. Iwan Pieterse, “WMYS” founder, has built his online business completely around Paid Memberships Pro and has collectively used the plugin for close to 3 years.

We Manage Your Site


About We Manage Your Site

We Manage Your Site officially launched on June 15th, 2017. The business model behind WMYS is simple, yet effective. By offering their customers and members different website maintenance and development packages, Iwan and his team have built up an online recurring income business that offers quality digital solutions that can be attained by pretty much, anyone—regardless of their budget.

Some of the tasks that members can expect from their monthly subscription include: routine backups, updates, SEO Reviews, graphic design, and custom WordPress development. The higher the package, the more time and energy the team allocates to that site. This is a great way to offer quality, custom developed solutions at an affordable rate, regardless of the size of their website. For Iwan, it means having a more ‘predictable’ income flow and a more structured, sustainable and scalable business model.

Visit We Manage Your Site

Paid Memberships Pro helps us facilitate not only the recurring payments and user login functionality, but we also use the Paid Memberships Pro’s membership levels feature to offer various benefits for our different packages.

—Iwan Pieterse, We Manage Your Site


The Paid Memberships Pro Technology

Some of the specific Add Ons and customizations being used on WMYS include:


Other Plugins and Themes powering WMYS

  • Theme: The site is built on the Divi Theme by Elegant Themes (recommended by Iwan: “The Divi community is awesome!”)
  • Hosted on AWS, with Serverpilot as a management tool
  • Uses Wordfence for security and ManageWP for daily backups, performance monitoring, SEO rankings and an additional daily security scan. WMYS also performs daily database backups from the AWS server to our Hetzner server.

WMYS Custom Dashboard

One of the most impressive features that has been developed by WMYS is their Member Dashboard. This is a custom developed dashboard that masks the generic WordPress Dashboard and adds specific functionality to allow members to:

  • Log tasks and “to-dos”
  • Chat with the development team
  • Get an update on what has been done at any given time to their site
  • Get an update on how long development tasks have taken

This well-thought dashboard provides much needed clarity for both the developers and the clients. It is easy for the client to see how much work has been put in, what time is still available for new tasks. This solution creates transparency, prevents scope creep and streamlines member communications overall.

The WMYS team are now looking to include content writing, social media management and other more marketing-focused services to their dashboard.


Iwan Pieterse

Our entire system was built around PMPro, we depend on the levels and other properties of the plugin to do stuff within our own customer dashboard, so it’s an absolutely crucial part of our business. What I can say is that the support received from joining the PMPro premium offering has proved invaluable to us as we we’ve built this
—Iwan Pieterse, We Manage Your Site


If you have an interesting business that uses Paid Memberships Pro in a component of its technology suite, please submit an application and we will get in touch about preparing an in-depth showcase of your application.

 

2017 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Membership Site Deals

We’re not the only membership site running a BFCM deal. Here are a some sites that use Paid Memberships Pro and are offering a promotion on membership this weekend.



Be Your Own CFO

25% off Be Your Own CFO – the small business owners’ simple guide to bookkeeping and taxes. Use the code 25OFF at checkout.


Caribbean Green Living

Black Friday Sale starts at 6 PM on Thanksgiving day! Save 25% on total purchase no code necessary.


D2 – Learn How to Market Like A Pro

Free private consult valued at $500 and surprise welcome kit valued at $79 when you join D2.


FantasyTeamAdvice

Receive half off your initial subscription with FTA+! We provide updated projections and stats for players in the NFL, NBA and MLB each and every day of the year. Use code BlackFriday at checkout.


Herenya Capital Advisors

50% off our trading ideas and member chat room! We have multiple contributors that are real participants in various markets that give ideas across a wide range of instruments. Elite stockbroking.


Just Platonic

50% off all membership plans at Just Platonic – November 24-27!


Laykanics

Purchase a year subscription and get a hardware kit for free, shipping included.


Levels For Guitar

Get 50% off any membership when you use the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout. Our memberships provide access to exceptional online guitar lessons that get results. We offer a 60-day money back guarantee.


Mom Knows College

A $1 trial for 14 days in the Mom Knows College Membership Community, where members receive expert college planning coaching for their teenagers to get them on exactly the right track for college.


Revion

80% off one time on all Oracle Apex Hosting Plans


She Collective

THANKSGIVING SPECIAL on {Life Infusion} Costa Rica Retreat + Experience: SAVE $500! Valid Nov 23-Nov 27, 2017.


Single and Sober

Black Friday Promotion: Enter the Promo Code – HOPEFUL for 50% OFF any membership level on our Sober Dating Website. Sign up and create a profile now and meet your sober love today!


The Green Room at Your Irish Heritage

Irish genealogy site for people with Irish Ancestry – all over the world. Join 1,800 happy members for a special annual rate of 97$ using the code NOV2017 at checkout.


The Trade Risk

We’re offering up to $100 off for Thanksgiving on all trade alert services. If you’re an active investor looking to manage risk and grow capital over time, use promo code THANKS2017 at checkout.


TwigyPosts

Get $2,500 OFF my ENTIRE Styled Stock Photo Library – NOW through the END of NOVEMBER. Members get instant access to 120 stock photo bundles to use for your Website, Blog, Instagram, and Pinterest!


We Manage Your Site

Get 50% off your first month with We Manage Your Site! Get WordPress support and access to an array of other Design and Development services for your WordPress site. Use discount code: PMPROCKS


The Writer’s Roadmap Workshop

Do you dream of being a writer? Join my private online hub where you’ll build writing skills, find your writing community and learn to be paid for your words. Make 2018 your best writing year ever!



20Dishes – Easy Make Ahead Meal Planning

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Awesome Ladies

If you sign up for Awesome Ladies Annual VIP Membership by 11/30/2017, we will extend your membership through to 12/31/2018 automatically! It’s just like getting an extra month for free!


BestDealPLR

Get Instant Access To Never Ending Supply Of First Class Private Label Rights, Master Resell Rights Products for only $1!


Breakthrough Coach

50% off on 12 month Breakthrough Coach subscription. Normal price $108, Promotion price $54. Your very own personal, business and leadership coach packed into one breakthrough membership.


Charter Financial

Save 50% on our complete home study note Brokering program. Use coupon code: Friday


Every Black Entrepreneur

Use the discount code of “TRUTH” and receive a 10% discount on the membership. Every.Black provides basic technology services, resources and support promote our members.


Federal Access

Get 50% off your first month of Federal Access. Federal Access is designed for Government Contractors. Our members have won over $1.8 Billion in contracts.


Financial Freedom Foundation

The Financial Freedom Foundation (F3) is running a limited time Cyber Monday discount of 40% off on their Gold Level F3 Mastermind Group Membership. This promotion is good for only 48 hours.


Fix Notes

Free consultations for real estate investors looking to diversify into mortgage note investing. Complementary beer/coffee in person (Philadelphia) or over the phone.


Genie Traveler

Want to travel like your friends but for up to 70% off? Genie Traveler members get access to incredible wholesale insider rates. Use code BLACK35 for 35% off and a no risk 30 day money back guarantee.


Good Life Acoustic

Good Life Acoustic, home to Solo Acoustic Performers who love the Artists & Songs of the 70’s & 80’s. Song Set 1 Course – Learn 12 Songs in 12 Weeks. Lessons, Play-Alongs, Private FB, & more ONLY $97.


How to Screen Print

Use coupon code crazysale and get our lifetime access online screen printing course for only $10 instead of the regular price of $87. From setup to getting your first customer everything included.


Humaneering Technology Initiative

Enjoy a 50% discount to join our community, developing an applied human science to guide the design and management of 21st century human work (i.e., versus engineering)


Infinite Guitar – Online Video Guitar Lessons

Learn guitar from professional guitar teachers all over the world. Thousands of lessons. All syles. All levels. Get 50% off your membership!! Use code “BLACKFRI” at checkout.


Jamorama

50% off Jamorama PRO membership. Jamorama is a guitar lessons site where students learn guitar from the ground up using step-by-step video lessons. Normally 99.95, today just $49.95. Ends Monday.


MagShuffle

10% off an annual subscription to MagShuffle. Choose 12 magazines over 12 months for just £7.50 a month. Enter ‘blackfriday’ when selecting an annual subscription. Available to UK customers only.


Mungra Library

For a limited time only the annual plan comes in at just $4/month upfront (paid annually) for MungraLibrary-Supporter and $8/month upfront (paid annualy) for MungraLibrary-Supporter-Gold.


Music With Ryan

15% off your first month or year as a new Premiere Member!


News Trader Pro

We have a $250 discount on the lifetime subscription to our site and software running from the 23rd November until the 27th November.


OPDeepState

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Phab Fit

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Pixistock

This Black Friday weekend only, get 50% off ANY stock photo membership plan (as low as $9/mo)! Chic, feminine stock photos for bloggers, women in business and creative professionals.


Prealgerbra Teachers

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Raw Japan – Learn Japanese through Storytelling

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Relax and Learn Guitar

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Resume Writing Formula

If you are sick of applying to jobs and never hearing back, your resume is the problem. This course is the answer. Save 50% in our biggest sale ever with promo BlackFriday2017 now through 12/1/17.


Scottish Football Tips

25% off all membership packages when you sign up between 10pm on Thursday before & 10am on the Saturday after Black Friday. All memberships offer unequivocal 30 Day, 100% Money Back Guarantee.


Strides for Success

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Stupid Easy

Right now both plans — choose from monthly or yearly (yearly gives you 1 month free) — for becoming a teacher on Stupid Easy are on sale. Stupid Easy: Easily Create, Share & Sell your online courses


The Two Traders

I run a trading course for people who are interested in getting involved in the markets and learning to trade Forex, Crytpocurrencies and commodities. The course is done online and is free for Black Friday.


Tiny Screen Labs

Save 50% on the first year for Mobile Apps you build with Paid Membership Pro and Mobile App Manager. Get started for free.


Type-A Parent Tribe

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Upsurge Now

Course walking through starting a business. Blog with tips and advice on making money. People are making money from following it. Lowered price and now 75% less than similar products.


US Biology Teaching

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Virtual Kenpo

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Widowed and Dating

3 months free premium membership. $5.99/mo after, no commitment, cancel anytime. Dating and friendship for the widowed community and those who would like to meet them.


Women of Global Change

Women of Global Change membership sale…20% off all one year memberships!

In-Depth Showcase: How Rob Schwartz Used PMPro to Double His Salary While Pursuing His Dreams

ACATestPrep.com is a site for gaining industry certifications with the Adobe Certified Associate exams provided by Certiport. Rob Schwartz, the program’s founder, was an early adopter of Paid Memberships Pro and has been using our plugin to power his training platform for over 3 years.

Continue reading this in-depth showcase to see what technologies power the ACA Test Prep program and why it has been such a huge success for founder Rob Schwartz.

ACA Test Prep


About ACA Test Prep

ACA Test Prep is a subscription program providing the best video tutorials for the ACA exams from the top certifying teachers in the world. These exams recognize entry-level skills in the design industries of Print, Web, or Video media.

Students learn at their own pace with world-class educators with decades of experience and recognition for excellence in their fields. It’s the training students need to obtain certification from people who know how to make content engaging and easy to retain.

Go to ACA Test Prep

When looking for a membership solution for my training tutorials, I wanted a team that was capable and confident. I love that the code is all open-source, this makes me confident that I’ll never be left in the lurch if Jason and Kim decide to focus on other things (like the plugin I started with and had invested much time and money into!)

—Rob Schwartz, ACA Test Prep

Rob Schwartz, ACA Test Prep

The Paid Memberships Pro Technology

We worked with Rob and the team at ACA Test Prep to develop several features around Paid Memberships Pro to meet their unique needs. Some of the specific add ons and customizations include:

  • Student Accounts

    The site uses this add on to sell “class” or “Campus” Licenses. In this way, an institution can purchase a single login that allows a bulk number of simultaneous users to be shared among the students in their program.

  • WP Bouncer

    In combination with the Student Accounts add on, ACA Test Prep uses WP Bouncer to impose the limit of simultaneous logins they have access to. For example, if the limit is set 15 and a 16th person attempts to log in, the first person using the shared login is automatically booted.

  • Member History

    This add on allows the team to see a customer’s purchase history in one simple view.

  • Register Helper for Profile Fields

    ACA Test Prep uses our Register Helper add on to gather some helpful information when a student or institution account is created that is later used for technical support.


Other Plugins and Themes powering ACA Test Prep

The PMPro team is really there to support you as you venture out into an online business. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to go with PMPro. Customers can easily sign up online and funds go directly into my account, or I can sell through resellers and create discount codes which I can deploy with a welcome email in literally minutes.
—Rob Schwartz, ACA Test Prep


Powering the Members-only Video Library

We get a lot of requests for how to embed protected videos in a membership site. The team at ACA Test Prep currently uses FV Player Pro after moving from WP Lightbox Ultimate (also good, but not as flexible). FV Player Pro does a great job handling the videos through Cloudfront and this has cut download times in half for our videos, and there are many display options (check out the demo pages).

Videos are hosted on Amazon Web Services S3 Cloud Storage Services or via Amazon Cloudfront CDN.

We also recommend secure video hosting via Vimeo Plus or JW Player.


Paid Memberships Pro took my classroom website and allowed me to turn it into a business. I was able to get started in just a month or two, and now have 500,000 visitors monthly from all over the world, generating a healthy supplement to my job at the school. Paid Memberships Pro makes it so easy, I can generate twice my teacher’s pay in just my free time after school!

—Rob Schwartz, ACA Test Prep

Rob Schwartz, ACA Test Prep

Learn More About ACA Test Prep + PMPro

Rob prepared an excellent tutorial video demonstrating his certification program and how Paid Memberships Pro is an integral piece of his business. Watch the video below to gain more insight into the site’s software setup.


Be More Like Rob Schwartz

Paid Memberships Pro is just a tool. The real driving force behind Rob’s success is himself. He starts with in-demand knowledge and a skill for teaching that allowed him to build a compelling education product. He also has enough technical knowledge to piece together all of the various plugins and services he uses into one coherent website. He also knew where his technical knowledge was lacking and brought in a skilled developer (Jason) to complete the program, which we recommend to many of our customers who aren’t as technically “literate”.

Rob also has the tenacity to get things done. He didn’t wait for every piece of his workflow to be automated before he started selling. He didn’t wait for 100% protection against account sharing or shy away because of the many ways people take advantage of virtual products on the internet. He built strong content and focused on the good customers who wanted that content and were paying for it.

Rob is a model customer for Paid Memberships Pro, and we are excited to continue to support his business’ growth.


If you have an interesting business that uses Paid Memberships Pro in a component of its technology suite, please submit a testimonial and we will get in touch about preparing an in-depth showcase of your application.

WordCamp NYC 2012 Presentation Notes

Jason Coleman

CEO Stranger Studios
Creator of Paid Memberships Pro

What is Paid Memberships Pro?

In the WordPress repository.

On GitHub.

Documentation and support at PaidMembershipsPro.com.

What is InvestorGeeks?

http://www.investorgeeks.com
http://www.investorgeeks.com/trends/

The Plan

  1. Lock down trends page for paid members.
  2. Flashy pricing page from PageRascal.com.
  3. Setup Stripe.
  4. Bonus: Install PMPro-Mail-Chimp

Questions

(Jason will post some questions here after the presentation.)

Do these things!

Follow me on Twitter (@jason_coleman)

Checkout Paid Memberships Pro in the WordPress repository, in GitHub, and at PaidMembershipsPro.com.

Page designs at PageRascal.com.

Market blogs and stock trends at InvestorGeeks.com.

Value Prop Accelerator Built With WordPress and Paid Memberships Pro

Update: I originally included links to sign up for Accelerator. At this time, the open registration for Accelerator has been disabled. Only people receiving Value Prop training will gain access to the tools. Below is still a good read for anyone interested in how we built the site using WordPress and Paid Memberships Pro.

I’m excited to be able to share with you an incredible WordPress project we’ve been working on for over a year. The site is the Value Prop Accelerator, a “marketing planning platform that shows you how to design, document and execute a winning marketing strategy”.

If you are in a business where you are responsible for any kind of marketing or product development at all, you should sign up for the free trial now and take a look around. Using the Accelerator is like having a marketing consultant in a box. The site is the brain child of Jose Palomino and combines pages and pages of insightful marketing knowledge with tools custom-built to help you develop a marketing plan.

I’ve been using the Accelerator to develop a marketing plan for Paid Memberships Pro, and the process has been invaluable. Using the Accelerator helped me make the decision to release PMPro as 100% GPL, has informed what order I build out features, and has helped me analyze my customers and competition to market our products more effectively. I’m not a millionaire yet, but I’m much more confident in what we’re doing with Paid Memberships Pro. I’d love to have readers here try it out and let me know what you think. I know Jose would appreciate it.

The Value Prop Accelerator is built entirely on WordPress, using Paid Memberships Pro for membership handling, and tons of custom code to enable the project tools. The remainder of this post will go into a little bit of detail for some of the cooler features and how we bent WordPress to our will to create what I think is one of the most complicated WordPress applications around.

Free Trial without Requiring a Credit Card

Paid Memberships Pro allows you to set a trial period and price for your membership. However, if the membership isn’t completely free, users have to enter their credit card at checkout. With Accelerator, we have a Trial membership level that is completely free and expires after 30 days. We’ve added code to tweak the account pages and notification emails to route users to sign up for a second “Monthly” membership which is paid. The Trial membership level can only be signed up for once for each user.

Sponsored Team Members

When you sign up for Accelerator, you get 2 “seats”. One for you, and one to invite a team member to your project. The invited user has limited permissions and can only interact with your projects unless they upgrade their own account. Users can upgrade their membership to purchase more seats for a larger team.

Worksheets

While reading through the Accelerator material, you will see various “worksheet builder” sections asking for input on the current topic. For example, one of the early ones asks you to write out a “mission statement”. At the end of a “module” (kind of like a chapter), you can view an editable worksheet with all of your compiled answers. This means you’re not just reading the material, but actively working on your plan as your go through.

On the admin side, the worksheet fields are controlled by some clever shortcodes that allow Jose and his team to place these fields anywhere they want. All of the responses are stored in project meta (more below) and can be output in various ways.

We’re working on an export to Word Doc plugin that we’ll be able to release as some open source code.

Discussions

The “discussions” in Accelerator resemble a typical web “forum”. These are really highly designed comments on each WP page in the system. The comments are tied to the project system (more below) so that you only see discussions for your current project and can’t see discussions from any one else project. (FWIW, the new bbPress plugin wasn’t ready when we started working on this or we might have built out the discussions using bbPress forums.)

Action Items

The Accelerator comes with a fully functional todo list with assignments and due dates.

Check Lists

Separate from the action items are a checklist for each module that helps you keep track of where you are in the content. The checklists are built on the fly by Jose and his team using shortcodes we developed. When the module page with the checklist table on it is updated by an admin, a custom table is updated to keep track of each projects status for each item. An intelligent sidebar widget determines if the current page you are on is on a checklist and builds a smaller checklist on the fly for you. As items are checked of the checklists a status indicator is updated using cool red-to-green dots showing progress overall and on a per module basis.

Shared Files

Team members can upload files or links through the front end, which are combined into a shared file repository for each project.

Projects

We added a whole project layer on top of WordPress. Users can create multiple projects and invite team members to their projects. All discussions, action items, check lists, worksheets, and shared files are tagged to a certain project so all interactions you do within the site are within the scope of your current project.

The coding for all of this was pretty complicated. One little hack that helped is that we simply added a table called “projectmeta” with the same structure as the “usermeta” and “postmeta” tables. Then all we had to do was copy a few of the postmeta functions and replace “post” with “project” and bam! We can piggy back off of all of the great WP code for usermeta to manage our projectmeta. (I should write up a separate how to for this.)

Smart Help

As you explore the site for the first time, various help boxes will popup explaining things. The content of these help boxes is controlled via WordPress pages. The content team just builds out the help pages as they normally would and we tag certain tools and pages with the help page IDs to tell the system which help blurb to show. We use user meta to keep track of which blurbs have been shown already so we don’t pop them up again in the future.

Ask an MVP

This is a cool feature of the site that we’ve considered launching as a stand alone product. Basically if you need help on a certain question in your marketing plan, you can send out an email invite to ask your colleagues (your MVPs) a question. The invitees are directed to a page where they can respond to your question. All of the responses are aggregated as comments on a post of type “askmvp” using custom post types. Invitees can then sign up for a special membership level that will let them view all of the other responses and participate further in the discussion. For users, it’s a great way to get feedback from people outside of their project. For Value Prop, it’s a great viral component that will hopefully expose the product to new people.

Tons of Other Plugins

We built plugins to allow for an easy to mange sidebar, to power the assessments, a “suggest a resource” form to place on various pages, to pull content from Google News, and tons of other little bits of functionality throughout the site.

Tons of Other Shortcodes

We added shortcodes to aid with embedding videos with custom pre and post roll. Shortcodes for adding links to generate new discussion items or action items when clicked. Tons of shortcodes to make managing the site content easier.

In Summary

There is so much WordPress goodness bundled up in this site. We’ve been working on it for almost two years, and I’m so stoked to be able to share what we did with the WordPress community. A lot of people don’t believe applications like this are feasible in WordPress. They definitely are. Of course it took hundreds of hours of programming, but we are able to build on top of the WordPress platform which gives us access to quality content and user management, great security, and everything we love about WordPress. We never once “hacked the core”, and have programmed things in a way that we’ve been able to upgrade WordPress and most of the plugins we use seamlessly without causing issue. (We still backup and test things for sure.)

There is enough material in this one site to power dozens of WordCamp presentations and how to blogs. If you are interested in learning more, let me know in the comments. And be sure to sign up for the free trial and spread the word about this incredibly useful new site for small businesses and everyone that could be doing a better job at marketing with their company.

Philly Side Arts Uses Paid Memberships Pro

The entrepreneur behind the artist community at Philly Side Arts uses Paid Memberships Pro to charge both artists and businesses membership fees for premium access.

Using PMPro, Side Arts can manage 4 different membership levels: free artists, premium artists, free businesses, and premium businesses. Upgrading from a free account to a premium account takes only a few clicks and activates new features in real time. Membership fees for the premium levels are collected directly on the website, maximizing conversion rates.

Side Arts also uses PMPro as a framework for determining which membership levels receive which permissions. Paying businesses can post to the blog. Paying artists gain more images for their gallery, access to premium content on the blog, and much more.

Side Arts is also running WordPress with “Network Sites”. As I write this, philly.sidearts.com is the only site on the network, but other communities are planned which will all run off the same WordPress install and the same copy of Paid Memberships Pro.

Check out Philly Side Arts now for a live example of a site running Paid Memberships Pro.

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