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...
Here's a service I was recently introduced to. I think it's what you are looking for to create material that you can promote and sell. www.edloud.com
I'm a big fan of Thinkific. They integrate with your merchant account and it's truly plug and play. You can make it look like your wordpress site, but you do not have to do any coding or configuration. Just upload your videos and PDF's and create a course. Oh yeah, it's also free for basic membership. They just take a small percentage of each sale.
I sell individual courses and I have a membership based subscription program as well.
Here's what it looks like on my site: http://courses.improvandy.com.
In full disclosure, I am an affiliate. Here's the link to their site (it's free to sign up and start selling your courses): http://get.thinkific.com/improvandy/
Feel free to reach out of you have any questions.
I had been searching for this same thing for the longest time. I have been a big fan of Copyblogger and its founder Brian Clark. He recently launched the Rainmaker Platform which is run on Wordpress, and allows you to build exactly what you are describing. Check it out at www.newrainmaker.com or www.rainmakerplatform.com I believe.
I have it and am loving it so far!
John MacDonald Hi Scott, I would recommend the Wordpress OptimizePress theme, which is currently probably the most widely used by marketers (Peter Garety, Alex Becker - Source Wave University) membership theme. This because it is tried, tested and secure. It also offers many additional features, like creating landing pages, slaes pages but perhaps the most important the creators have very good training available to help you get started. - No I am not an affiliate but praise where praise is due. There are a number of Wordpress plugins that will give you some of the features and many are free, but for a small price I would recommend OptimizePress as a more complete solution.
I do see that some people have concerns with regards to security, but again there are a number of very simple ways (and free plugins) to help make your WP site secure, in addition if you also take the precaution of regular back-ups to a remote site you are pretty much covered.
Try Moodle - it's an open source LMS which allows you to put courses together. I would recommend staying away from Wordpress etc - we've had major security issues with open source CMS.
I would like you to check Yo!Memberz , a solution that offers you to start an online membership portal. Following are the features you will get:
Optimized for profits
Find all details about Yo!Memberz here: http://www.fatbit.com/online-membership-based-website-design-development.html
Basically you are looking for Online Course Portal where Users may SignIn / Register and go for monthly / yearly paid subscription to access the course content acorss various verticals
One of the example I would like to share with you
which provide similar type of services, you have mentioned herein
In one go we cannot predict the correct Software because it require no of questions need to addressed and some of them as below:
What will be the content delivery mode to Users (Audio / Video / doc file)
How many types of subscription will be there
How many course will be there
Definitely WordPress is a good option to go with easily available Membership Plugin
but not for long run once you have hundred of files and others stuff on the website. WordPress is mere a bolg platform
Again the Platform preference depend on your plan of action
Initially you may go with MVP model as well leveraging WordPress
is altogether a content delivery Market Place (Built in RoR) where Knowledge Seekers and Subject Matter Expert meet and that's altogether a different scenarios what you have mentioned here
I am open to share my expertise in similar domain to help you out