Once you have identified an appropriate plugin you can build your membership site. Launch the plugin page on WordPress and select the “Add New” option. Enter the name of your plugin in the search option. This will direct you to the plugin you want. Select the “install” option on the right side to launch it. A confirmation window will appear. Click on the “Install Now” option in the window. When the installation is complete, select “Activate Plugin.” A start guide will appear after the activation to help you with site management. At this point, the membership site you have just created is basic and you need to customize it. However, before you can customize it, create your “Membership Option Page.” This is the page that non-members will be directed to when they try to access specific content. To create new pages, select “Add Page” on the “Pages” option. After you have setup the page, select your plugins’ “General Options.” Select the “Membership Option Page” and customize your “PayPal Options. It is important to ensure that the PayPal button is only visible in the “Membership Option Page.” You can also restrict information based on different membership levels. To do this, select the “General Options” tab. This will allow you to customize the setting by selecting the “Restrictive” options.
After setting up your membership plugin test it thoroughly. Make sure it is working by first logging out and then trying to logging in just like any outsider. See whether your ‘restricted’ content can be accessed without enough credentials.
There are a few pages that you should allow to all public. First is an “about” page. Build a nice about page where your visitors can get more info on you. Add an email form to your website. This allows your visitors to contact you with any questions. Share good content with general public as well. You will get SEO traffic to your public content and some of them will signup for your premium content. More info: Ways to Promote Your Membership Site, Monetizing a Hobby Blog [image credits: Images_of_Money, photasia ]