WordPress membership site guide

If you want to add paid memberships to your WordPress website so you can share your passion with your audience and drive revenue for your business—you’re in the right place!

When you combine the page restriction powers of Memberful with a beautifully designed WordPress site, you can easily create a dynamic membership experience!

 

How to build a WordPress membership site

  1. Set up a WordPress website.
  2. Install Memberful on your website.
  3. Create your plans.
  4. Add purchase links and marketing content.
  5. Restrict access to your members-only content.
  6. Add membership account management links.
  7. Connect to Stripe.

Some terms you should be familiar with:

Set up a WordPress website

If you're new to WordPress, check out our WordPress website quick start guide.

To start, make sure you have a WordPress.org website with reliable, managed hosting and a great theme or a WordPress.com hosted website (Business Plan only!) and a great theme.

Most WordPress themes are compatible with Memberful, but we recommend the Make theme if you need a theme with a page builder or Beaver Builder if you're looking for a page builder plugin.

We also recommend using an SSL certificate on your WordPress website. Memberful signs WordPress users into your WordPress website, and if you're not using SSL, that information is less secure. All our recommended WordPress hosting providers support easy SSL certificate installation.

Sign up and install Memberful on your website

Sign up for Memberful and install the Memberful WordPress plugin on your website. Try Memberful for free for as long as you need in test payment mode.

Sign up for Memberful

While in test payment mode, you can also upgrade to the Pro plan for free: Navigate to Account → Plans and billing from your Memberful dashboard to upgrade.

Create your plans

Login to the Memberful dashboard, navigate to the Plans tab, and click New Plan. We recommend that you offer at least one monthly plan and one yearly plan.

Thinking of selling multiple plans? Learn how to set up Plan Groups.

Once you've installed the plugin and connected to Memberful, you'll see a Memberful: Restrict Access meta box at the bottom of each page and post. Use this box to define who can see the page or post.

Add a purchase link

The editor to the right of the Memberful: Restrict Access meta box is shown to anyone without access. This is where you should add your purchase link(s) and marketing content.

Here are two options to add a purchase link to your site:

Add buy plan link

If you’re not ready to create your own plan, you can add a purchase link for our Sample Plan on any WordPress page. View the page, click the link, and checkout using our test credit card data. Then sign in to your Memberful dashboard to view the purchase!

Restrict access to your members only content

In the editor above the Memberful: Restrict Access meta box, add a “thank you” message for the members who purchased the plan and let them know what to do next. Then restrict access to this content for members only via the Memberful Restrict Access meta box. If you want members to be redirected to a different page on your site after their purchase, you can specify a redirect URL in your plan settings.

Restrict content

You'll also want to restrict access to all your value or insider content on your members-only website posts and pages. For content inspiration, check out what some of our other customers are up to.

Give your members the freedom to manage their subscriptions with Memberful account links. Here are a few options:

To prevent your members from accessing your WordPress toolbar or dashboard, we recommend that you install these plugins:

To test Memberful as an end user, log out of your WordPress dashboard and sign up with a different email address than the one you use to log in to your site as a WordPress admin. You can use the + sign with your email address to create unique accounts. For example, lauren+test@gmail.com.

Connect to Stripe

Memberful starts out in test payment mode. When you’re ready to start processing orders, choose your currency and connect to your Stripe account through the Memberful dashboard: Navigate to Settings → Payment. We'll automatically purge all your test orders when you switch to live payments.

Edit Memberful email templates (optional)

Memberful sends transactional email to your members. Navigate to Settings → Email → Email Templates to edit the emails.

Integrate newsletters, forums, and courses (optional)

For integration instructions, read the article that’s right for you.

Import your members (optional)

We make it easy to import all your existing members and their plans directly into Memberful.

Nice work! 🎉

Now that you have a paid membership site, it's time to announce your offering to your loyal followers and solicit some feedback. This will get you selling right away. Then you can start adding some extra member benefits as you go.

What's next?

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