In today’s noisy digital world, providing unique and engaging experiences is key to attracting and retaining members. There are thousands of content creators publishing online, how do you stand out? The answer: private live events with StreamYard On-Air.

Live streaming delivers a personalized, interactive event that not only enhances the value of memberships, but also builds a personal relationship between you and your audience.

In this guide we unpack how to set up StreamYard On-Air for your PMPro-powered membership site. Learn how this flexible, easy to use platform extends the value of your existing membership site, or how you could use members-only streams as the next step in your growing content business.

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Benefits of Members-Only Streaming Events

You’ve built an audience that loves to consume your content. What kind of content? It could be written content like blog posts, courses, and newsletters, or rich media content, like videos and podcasts.

That audience has grown to trust you for your expertise—you’re their go-to resource on your unique topic niche. They just can’t get enough.

Live events are a natural next step to take your content mix to the next level, a level that deepens your relationship with your audience, while giving you massive benefits no other content type can deliver.

Benefit 1: Real-Time Interactions

Adding private live events with a service like StreamYard On-Air gives you and your audience an opportunity to have real-time interactions, unlike any of the one-way content types you already offer.

Benefit 2: Deeper Connections

Live streams deepen the connection between you and your followers. You’re bringing your community into a private, behind the scenes world where they can truly get to know you, and even one another.

Benefit 3: Live Feedback

Live streams aren’t just for your audience’s benefit. As a creator, you get massive benefits from a live stream, too.

Don’t just accept questions from the viewers: you can also ask questions of your own. Use your live audience like a mini-focus group. Their insights can inform all the future content you plan to make, so you’re always delivering the stuff that resonates.

Benefit 4: Format Freedom

With a live stream, you’re free to curate the exact type of event you want to see. There are no rules or algorithms to master. Your only goal is to deliver value, so people leave the event thinking “wow, when is the next one of these!”

If you’re unsure where to start with a live stream, consider these common formats:

  • Informative webinars with special guests
  • Interactive Q&A sessions or “Ask Me Anything” formats.
  • Hands-on workshops to get real work done
  • Panel discussions with experts
  • Behind-the-scenes looks at your processes or workplace
  • Virtual networking or masterminds where members can connect
  • Product demos or launches
  • Exclusive musical performances or art reveals

Your live event may be some combination of all these formats, or something uniquely your own. Embrace live streams with a spirit of experimentation: if one format doesn’t land with your audience, mix it up by trying something different next month.

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What is StreamYard On-Air?

StreamYard and their On-Air feature is a super easy-to-use live streaming studio that runs right in your browser. With StreamYard, you can deliver professional live streams on your own or with other guests.

  • StreamYard is extremely user-friendly
  • The platform requires no extensive setup or equipment
  • You can set up custom branding, name labels, intro video reels, and even live chat.
  • The On-Air feature is available to people on StreamYard’s Professional plan (currently $49/month).

StreamYard itself can be used to syndicate a live event to popular streaming platforms—we use it here at Paid Memberships Pro to stream our Open Office Hours on YouTube, Facebook and X.

But this post isn’t about public streams. StreamYard On-Air allows you to stream right into the members-only section of your WordPress site.

With the content protection features built into PMPro, you can insert your stream into a protected post or page and be up and running with a live event in no time.

Note: the steps below are built for membership sites using Paid Memberships Pro. This guide assumes you have already completed the initial membership site setup. If you’re using another membership plugin, these steps may also work aside from the “protecting access” piece.

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Step-by-Step Guide: StreamYard On-Air

StreamYard On-Air allows you to embed your broadcast and optionally offer live chat—right within your membership site.

First, create your webinar event.

  1. Log into your StreamYard account.
  2.  and create an event. 
  3. Select On-Air Webinar.
  4. Enter your event title and description. 
  5. Select the date and time, and choose whether or not you would like to enable registration (since you’re embedding this for members only, you don’t need to accept registrations).
  6. Click Create.
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Next, customize the event settings.

  1. Locate the event you just created, then click On Air Branding and Settings.
  2. From here, you can choose to enable the live chat for your embedded stream.
  3. This screen also lets you customize your webinar branding.
  4. Save changes.

Finally, embed the event in your membership site.

  1. Locate the event in the StreamYard dashboard.
  2. Select Share with Viewers.
  3. Select Embed.
  4. Copy the embed code.
  5. Now, in your WordPress site, edit the post or page where you want to place the member-only live stream.
  6. Insert a custom HTML block and paste the embed code into the block.
  7. You can protect the page by using the Require Membership settings meta box just like you would any other piece of content in PMPro.
  8. Or, use the Membership Required block or shortcode to wrap your custom HTML block content, protecting just that piece for members-only.
  9. Update or publish the page.
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Start Live Streaming

When you are ready to go live, log into StreamYard and start the event. The embedded player on your site will instantly begin the live stream.

StreamYard’s in-browser streaming studio will display the chat for you as the presenter or event producer. You can participate in the chat or just read the comments there as you present.

Screenshot of frontend live stream with ability to join live chat

For more help using StreamYard and the StreamYard On-Air features, view their documentation area here.

FAQs: Members-Only StreamYard On-Air

1. Why is private live streaming important for member engagement?

Private live streams, like those offered through StreamYard On-Air, give members a private, behind the scenes experience. Some members are certainly happy to consume your static content on their own schedule, but other members are drawn to real-time interactions. This exclusivity strengthens their bond with you and each other. Plus, with opportunities for live feedback during the stream, you will be better equipped to make all of your future content more engaging.

2. What is StreamYard?

StreamYard is a user-friendly live streaming studio accessible through a browser. It offers professional-looking live streams without complex setup or equipment. StreamYard offers custom branding, live chat, archived recordings, and multiple presenters. You can multistream to many popular destinations, like YouTube, X, and Facebook, or privately stream to your website.

3. How does integrating StreamYard benefit my WordPress membership site?

Integrating StreamYard with your WordPress site allows you to deliver webinar-style events with live chat to your logged in members. Instead of a platform like Zoom where members have to register and access the stream separately, the event is built right into the platform they are familiar with using. And with a membership plugin like Paid Memberships Pro, you can be 100% confident that the stream is only accessible to people with the right membership level.

4. How do I set up a live stream using StreamYard?

To set up a live stream, log into StreamYard, create an event, select “On-Air Webinar,” and enter the necessary details. Customize your webinar branding, then embed the broadcast on your WordPress site using the provided embed code. Restrict access by selecting specific membership levels in the “Require Membership” meta box.

5. What are the downsides of using StreamYard On-Air over a webinar platform like Zoom?

In StreamYard On-Air, your audience can’t directly speak or share video, unlike Zoom’s interactive features. This limits two-way communication and can feel less engaging for members accustomed to active participation. StreamYard On-Air also does not support breakout rooms, raising hands, or polls.

6. Does StreamYard On Air support captions?

StreamYard On-Air does not support captions, but your audience could enable them for their own browser if they are using Chrome. Here is a link to the documentation on how to enable captions within the Chrome browser.

7. What if a member in the live chat is being rude, aggressive, or spamming the chat?

StreamYard’s chat includes a feature to “Block” a viewer. Hover over their message in the chat window and click the three dots icon to bring up a setting to Block User. Blocked people will still be able to watch the stream and they can send messages on their end, but they will no longer show up in the chat for anyone else to see. Since this is a membership site, you should also locate their user account (after the event) and potentially cancel their membership if you want them removed from your community.


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