Can anyone recommend a membership site platform for courseware?
I am developing a variety of "courses" for small businesses / entrepreneurs across a variety of verticals and I think I want to host these behind a paywall on a membership site platform. I am not sure yet if I want a single domain with multiple subdomains or multiple top-level domains since they will cross a variety of industries. I am looking for recommendations / input on a membership platform (i.e. membergate, wishlist, memberium, etc.) along with the rationale for the recommendation. I am thinking the main site(s) will be built on WordPress. I am also looking for any feedback on using Patreon or Kajabi Next as an alternative to implementing my own membership platform.
Thanks in advance for your feedback...
We've evaluated several and for the time being consider Schoox.com to be the best - not too complicated but full featured and neither is it too agressive |(like uDemy ).
The problem with Udemy is they can suddenly decide to discount your course to $1 on their promotional days. I would suggest you check out https://www.coursecats.com/ which makes the whole thing easy and runs within WordPress. Most of the security problems with WordPress happen because admins or even some website designers do not set up the system properly. Also like all software it is vital to log in and update all plugins themes etc. regularly. This takes moments so I recommend daily if possible.
You might also want to try Simplero. You can create multiple member sites that have nothing to do with each other. It has lots of cool features too. Only problem is that the client-facing pages aren't that pretty. Calvin Correli, the Founder is pretty awesome and open to suggestions.
Hi Scott! I have a comprehensive report that compares and contrasts a number of platforms - it was the research compiled by Tara Bulum for our webinar called 'Demystifying the Delivery Debacle' - it really depends on so many variables - and the report goes through all of those for you so you can decide what is best for your purposes! Would you like the link to the webinar?
I use (and am happy with) usefedora.com. This gives you the features of Udemy but with one big difference: Udemy is a marketing platform - they will sell your courses for you (or not) but your stuff is alongside those of your competitors. You also need to know that they host a lot of 'low value' content from affiliate marketers and get-rich-quick merchants.
Fedora offers you your own dedicated platform with different levels of service from free to paid versions with more or less features. I use the free version at https://mikeclayton.usefedora.com/ and am very happy.
If I were starting now, I would certainly also evaluate Zenler.com. As far as I can tell this offers the same service as Fedora (but doubtless with a few minor differences). As I am settled into Fedora, I have not researched Zenler, so cannot say which of the two is better or even how they compare. So I make no recommendation.
For a higher spec, paid only model, a 'big brother' to Zenler and Fedora is Kajabi. I know little about it, but have heard it is highly professional.
The alternative to these is to use one of several WordPress plugins to create your own platform on your website.
Good luck with your research.
If you are thinking WordPress, it's a great choice. There are more resources available on WordPress than any other CMS. Check WP Courseware, a plugin that is used by some US universities as well. Don't take my word for it, check the video on https://flyplugins.com/wp-courseware/
The good thing is that is it specifically designed to be used for courses, has e-commerce/payment integration (WooCommerce), membership, etc.
Of course, Moodle is hugely popular but it's not so user friendly at first glance. WP Courseware is simpler to use.
There is a social enterprise company in Cambodia called Codingate that provides IT jobs and training for Cambodians. They developed a training and registration system in WordPress. Contact Mr Sopheakmonkol Sok and he can assist you with this. http://www.codingate.com/contact/
Scott, Depends on what you're trying to accomplish, but I've used 3rd party sites like coggno.com as they have a marketplace that will help promote your materials.
If you are trying to build your own site I have used PaidMemberPRO as a wordpress plugin for the membersite/security. Then I used the WP-Courseware plugin to create all my courses. Still conducting a beta test, but you are more than welcome to take a look at to following link for our introductory course. http://yoursmallbusinessgrowth.com/small-business-growth-simplified/
Finally, if you want more information from the expert I would recommend taking a look at CHris Lema's site. Here is the comparison that convinced me to go this direction: http://chrislema.com/e-learning-on-wordpress-made-easy/
I hope this helps. - Dino
I like Fedora but given your "membership" description it may not be exactly what you're looking for- it is a site to build and host "courses."
Hope this helps.