Membership Site for Beginners

How to Create a Membership Website

Have you always wanted to create a membership website but don’t know how? Or maybe you always thought it was too hard? That would need to know programming and learn design?

Then this step-by-step tutorial is for you. It shows a fast and a simple way to create a website without having to learn HTML/CSS coding, or read long, boring tutorials.

In this guide, I will show you how most web developers build their sites and how you can avoid expensive website builders that are often too limited for a bigger site.

I also help you avoid some mistakes that I did when I started out.

Before You Start, Read This:

There are hundreds of different website building platforms and website builders around the market.

WordPress, Wix, Joomla, Drupal… Just to name a few.

You can also code your website from scratch, but I wouldn’t recommend it on mainly two reasons:

  • It just takes too much time (seriously)
  • Your end result will be mediocre at its best…

But which one should you choose?

CM Comparison

As you can see from the graph above, in 2019, the most popular website builders (or content management systems) are:

  • WordPress (free) 52%
  • Wix (paid) 7%
  • Joomla (free) 4%
  • Progress Sitefinity (free) 4%
  • SquareSpace (paid) 4%
  • Weebly (paid) 2%

Here’s Why Most People Use WordPress to Build a Website

Unlike website builders, it’s completely free.

WordPress is the easiest platform I’ve ever worked with, but it’s flexible enough to suit everyone – small business websites, online shops, bigger organizations and so on…

But more importantly:

  • WordPress vs. HTML & CSS: Learning HTML from scratch can take 6+ months, let alone CSS and PHP. Having a basic knowledge of HTML can help you gauge things more quickly, but if you want to create a website within a day or two, learning HTML isn’t a viable option.
  • WordPress vs. Website Builders: Website builders are expensive and often very limited. They are good for one-page websites, but not more.
  • WordPress vs. Joomla/Drupal: WordPress is just so much more user-friendlier.

If for some reason you don’t want to build your site with WordPress, check out my Drupal, Joomla and HTML5 guides as well. They are all FREE to use.

But for the beginners, I strongly suggest sticking to WordPress.

Step 1 Get Web Hosting and Register a Domain Name

In order to set up your WordPress (or any other type of website), you’re going to need two things:

  • Domain Name (a web address like YourSiteName.com)
  • Web Hosting (a service that connects your site to the internet)

In order to store your images, content and website files, you are going to need a web hosting. Without web hosting, your website will not be visible on the Internet.

Owning your own domain name looks far more professional than having your site on someone else’s domain (like yourbusiness.my-free-website.com), and it’s super affordable, too. Most hosting providers offer domains FREE for one year (usually ~$12/year).

In a nutshell – without a web hosting and a domain name, your website will NOT exist.

Where do I register a domain name and get web hosting?

Full disclosure: I earn a commission if you end up purchasing Bluehost through my referral links in this guide. This helps me to keep WebsiteSetup up and running and up-to-date. Thanks for your support.

I’ve mostly used A2host as a web hosting and domain registrar.

 Use this link  to get a free domain (for the first year) with your hosting.

Their introductory price starts from $2.75/mo and they’re currently throwing in a domain name for free (first year)– so it’s worth checking them out.

They are also one of the most popular hosting providers on the market, so they are definitely well-established and secure enough to host your website.

Although most of their servers are based in the US, they can handle a lot of traffic from across the world. And it’s probably cheaper than your local host. As someone who lives in Europe, I still prefer to use them.

Already have a domain name and hosting? Go ahead and skip ahead to step 2, where I’ll explain how you can set up your website.

Here’s how to sign up with a web hosting provider (and register a domain name if you don’t have it yet).

1. Go To A2Hosting (or Any Other Web Host)

Remember: Since We’re using A2Hosting myself, We’ve negotiated a small discount for MagicMembers.org visitors. Use this link to activate it.

2. Choose Your Website Hosting Plan

Once you click “get started now,” you’ll be taken to a page to select the hosting plan of your choice.

If you are on a budget, you can use their “basic” plan. It’s great for smaller sites with low or no traffic.

However, if you want to scale or expect more traffic to your website, I recommend choosing their “choice plus” plan. It’s truly unlimited.

Whichever you choose, you can later upgrade or downgrade based on your needs.

If you want to create a membership website, you need a WordPress Membership Plugin, such as Magic Members.

If you don’t want to deal with all of these, we do have an installation for you. You can purchase and we can install Magic Members plugin for you.

4 Tips to Setup Your Membership Site for Passive Income

4 Tips to Setup Your Membership Site for Passive Income

WordPress membership sites remain one of the most popular ways to generate passive income online. The
initial set up of a membership website does take a moderate level of work but the long-term ability to
generate income on a recurring basis once it is set up makes the initial input worthwhile. The key to long-
term passive income from a membership site is making sure it is set up for success.

Create Multiple Front-End Offers

Membership websites can be very profitable, but the reality is it can be difficult to sell potential members on
the benefits of signing up. This stems primarily from the fact they will be paying for access to the website on
a recurring basis which creates a larger than normal psychological barrier. The easy solution is to create
multiple front-end offers. A front-end offer gives potential members something to purchase right away when
they enroll. Having multiple offers allows you to target various corners of your niche while making your
membership site and upsell in the funnel. This allows you to generate passive income not only from your
initial offer but your membership site as well.
Continue reading “4 Tips to Setup Your Membership Site for Passive Income” »

iDevAffiliate Affiliate Software Review

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Why You Should Choose iDevAffiliate?

With years of proven stability, thousands of user friendly features and technical support located in the USA, it’s no wonder iDevAffiliate has been the leading affiliate software in it’s class for so many years. Continue reading “iDevAffiliate Affiliate Software Review” »

3 Content Trends That Will Only Get Stronger in 2019

3 Content Trends That Will Only Get Stronger in 2019

Membership website owners are often behind the curve when it comes to content trends. This is because
they have spent months or even years developing content for their membership website and current
members are happy to pay for the content being produced. While this does provide WordPress membership
site owners with passive income it could leave them behind the eight ball over the long run. Look at five big
content trends that will only get stronger heading into 2019 and think of ways to integrate them into your
current content creation strategy. Continue reading “3 Content Trends That Will Only Get Stronger in 2019” »

Social Media Marketing for More Members

3 Ways to Find Out if Your Social Media Marketing is Getting Your More Members

The concept of return on investment is very simple. You make an investment and you get something in
return. To create an effective marketing campaign the return must be higher than the investment. The
problem with social media marketing is it can be difficult to identify what exactly the return is in concrete
terms. This is particularly true for membership websites which your social media marketing to not only get
new members but also to enhance brand exposure and promote content.

The fundamental key of identifying your social media ROI is twofold. The first is to not leave anything out of
the investment side. For example, you must include all the time you spend managing communities on social
networking websites and developing advertising materials. Keep in mind that your time includes a variety of
overhead items such as insurance, payroll, public relations, testing, and strategizing. On the other end of the
spectrum you need to identify exactly what results you want to receive and whether they should be included
in your ROI.

For example, results like website visitors, newsletter sign-ups, comments, and followers can be beneficial
that they should not be considered part of your return because you cannot attach specific dollar amounts to
it. To develop an effective ROI equation, it is critical to identify results relevant to your business specific to
generating income.

Continue reading “Social Media Marketing for More Members” »

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