Create a Membership Site with Wishlist Member & Wordpress
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Create a Membership Site with Wishlist Member & Wordpress

Full membership site with an integrated forum. Membership management software using Wordpress and plugins.
4.9 (47 ratings)
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Created by Andrew Williams
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
View Curriculum
  • This course assumes you have a very basic understanding of Wordpress.

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.

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.
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
5 Lectures 30:27

Important information on getting the most out of Udemy courses.

Preview 14:16

Let me start by introducing myself and the course objectives.

Preview 03:40

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

Preview 04:31

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.

A look around a real membership site

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

Preview 02:50
Wishlist Member - Install & Setup
5 Lectures 28:31
Installing Wishlist Member

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

Initial Setup of Wishlist Member

Creating the Sales Page

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

Let's create some content

Ordering Content in your membership site
Protecting Content
7 Lectures 42:47

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

Let's Create Demo Subscribers for Each Level

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.

Global settings for content protection

The "more" tag

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

Protecting Content As Per Subscription Level

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

Process of Adding a New Post

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.

Merge Codes

Custom Welcome Back Pages for each Membership Level
Drip Fed Content
1 Lecture 08:44

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.

Setting up Sequential Content
Payment Processing
3 Lectures 18:14

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

Introduction to Payment Processor Integration

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).

Integrating Paypal

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.

Integrating Clickbank
Adding a Forum
3 Lectures 16:40

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.

Introduction to Simplepress

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

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

Setting up your forum
Additional Wishlist Member Tutorials
3 Lectures 08:11

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

Getting rid of the "Powered by.." link

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.

Showing sidebar widgets only to members

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

What would you like to see in this course?
1 Lecture 00:00

A list of resources for the course.

BONUS : Resource List
2 pages
About the Instructor
Andrew Williams
4.5 Average rating
4,592 Reviews
34,154 Students
23 Courses
Wordpress & SEO Expert, teacher and author

I have written and published a number of books that are available on Amazon, including best selling books on Wordpress ("Wordpress for Beginners 2017") and search engine optimization ("SEO 2017 & Beyond").  I also run a website called ezSEONews, where I teach my visitors and newsletter subscribers a number of skills required for running a successful website.

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