Create a Membership Site with Wishlist Member & Wordpress

Full membership site with an integrated forum. Membership management software using Wordpress and plugins.
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  • Lectures 28
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

Wishlist Member is a Wordpress plugin that makes it easy for you to create a fully functioning membership site. A membership site is one that allows your visitors to subscribe (for free or a paid subscription) to access your content.

Membership sites offer you a great way to make an online income. Either charge a one-off payment for access to your content, or charge a recurring monthly or annual fee. The choice is yours. Add in a forum and you have a community of people, all interested in your content.

If you would like to create a membership site, then this course will show you how. I've been using Wishlist Member since 2011, and in this course, I'll use all of that experience to teach you how to use this plugin to setup a membership site.

In the course I'll plan out a demonstration membership site, and then you get to watch over-my-shoulder as I build the membership site from scratch.

In this course you will learn:

  • What membership sites are, and why they are a good way to make an income online.
  • How to plan out your membership site.
  • How to install and configure Wishlist Member.
  • How to create content and then protect it so that only those members who should have access, actually do. You will learn a few different ways to protect your content.
  • How to show a teasers to non-members to encourage them to subscribe.
  • How to use shortcodes to personalize your member content.
  • How to use Mergecodes for additional control over content protection.
  • How to create multiple levels within your membership site, so you can effectively run multiple courses from a single Wishlist installation.
  • Customizing the experience for multiple membership levels, so each member feels special.
  • How to setup drip-fed (sequential) content so that you control how quickly members get access to various content.
  • How to integrate Paypal and/or Clickbank to take payments from your members.
  • How to integrate a forum into your member area using a free Wordpress plugin. A forum can help you build a community on your site. When people feel like part of a community, they are more likely to stick around.

Course Requirements

  1. A basic understanding of Wordpress (how to create posts and pages).
  2. Wishlist Member plugin.

What are the requirements?

  • This course assumes you have a very basic understanding of Wordpress.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create a Membership site using Wishlist Member and Wordpress
  • Understand why membership sites can be such a good way to build an online income.
  • Create content for the membership site, and protect it so only those people that are paying for it can see it.
  • Add teasers for non-members to encourage subscriptions.
  • Use Merge codes as an optional way of protecting content.
  • Use shortcodes to add personal details to the site content.
  • Create sequential content, so that you can drip feed the content to members over a series of weeks or months.
  • Integrate Paypal and Clickbank into Wishlist Member so that you can collect subscription payments.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone that wants to learn how to create a fully functioning membership site using Wordpress and some Wordpress plugins.
  • This course is not for those who want to learn Wordpress.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome

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Let me start by introducing myself and the course objectives.


What are membership sites and why do I recommend Wishlist Member?


I'll show you around my own membership site, highlighting some of it's features, just to show you what is possible with Wishlist Member.


In this course, we are going to build a demonstation membership site. This tutorial will show you the plan.

Section 2: Wishlist Member - Install & Setup
Installing Wishlist Member

Let's get Wishlist Member to setup the basic membership site for us.

Creating the Sales Page

We need to create some content for our membership site, so let's create some.

Ordering Content in your membership site
Section 3: Protecting Content

To test content protection to make sure subscribers can only see what they have paid for, we need to create some demo users.


The main way we are going to be protecting content is with the more tag. We just need to check the global protection settings to make sure everything is set up properly.

The "more" tag

Let's assign the content we have to the various subscription levels.


Once the membership site is set up, you'll want to add new content. Let's look at the process of doing that.


We can add personalized information to posts & pages with shortcodes, as well as protect content using Mergecodes. Let's look at how we do this.

Custom Welcome Back Pages for each Membership Level
Section 4: Drip Fed Content

Sequential upgrades allow you to drip feed content to your members over time. In this tutorial, we'll setup sequential content for our full member level.

Section 5: Payment Processing

Wishlist Member makes it super easy to integrate a payment processor. Let's have a quick introductory look.


Paypal Integration is easy with Wishlist Member. In this tutorial, we'll set it up so that visitors can subscribe to our Full subscription level (with drip-fed content).


Wishlist Member allows you to easily integrate Clickbank into your membership site, so Clickbank can handle payment made by your members. Let's set that up.

Section 6: Adding a Forum

I want to show you the forum on my own membership site. This uses the same plugin we will be setting up in this course.

Let's install SimplePress. We need to get it from the Simple Press website as it is not available from the Wordpress plugin repository.

Let's setup a basic forum, that only members can access.

Section 7: Additional Wishlist Member Tutorials

Wishlist Member adds a "Powered By" link to your site. Let me show you how to remove that.


It makes sense to hide or show certain widgets depending on who is visiting your web page. Let me show you how you can do this with a free Wordpress plugin.


Tell me what you would like to see in this course.

Section 8: Resources
2 pages

A list of resources for the course.

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Instructor Biography

Andrew Williams, SEO and Wordpress Expert, teacher and author

I run a website called ezSEONews, where I teach my visitors search engine optimization (SEO) skills, and the art of building websites with Wordpress. I have also written and published a number of books that are available on Amazon Kindle and as paperbacks, including best selling books on Wordpress ("Wordpress for Beginners") and SEO ("SEO 2014 & Beyond").

As an ex-schoolteacher, I hope I can make complicated topics simple to understand. I certainly enjoy trying!

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