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#3 – Membership Sites Are Simple to Set Up

Did you know you could use WordPress as the platform for your membership site?

I’m a technician – a programmer by trade. I’ve taught programming and web development at the college level. I’ve also developed web sites and web applications for nearly 15 years. All all of those years of experience have led me to choose a single product for developing websites…

WordPress.

Joomla is nifty. Drupal has security and customization capabilities that are unrivaled among the current crop of content management systems (CMS). But when it comes to quickly setting up website that’s gorgeous, simple to use, and easy to maintain, WordPress wins hands down.

I use for WordPress for nearly all of my websites – including my membership sites. It’s great blogging software that isn’t just for blogging. In my book, WordPress is the simplest, best supported, SEO friendliest, most easily extendable, standards compliant CMS available on the planet.

And, because it’s fully open source… it’s free.

I can set up a really nice-looking WordPress membership web site in about an hour. That includes installing WordPress, finding a suitable theme, and installing all of the standard plugins that I use for SEO, membership control and administration, forums, event calendars, chat rooms, video support, plus a few more nifty features that I like to use on all of my membership sites.

Even if you’re not a WordPress guru, if you know your way around a web server you can still get a membership site up and running in just a few minutes using WordPress and the right membership site plugin.

As for your membership site content, consider creating simple, easy to maintain, Micro-Continuity web sites.

Micro-continuity is a fancy way of saying you’re delivering a course over the internet. And, just like a course you might take at your local community college, there’s a fixed period of time for the training – like maybe 12 or 13 weeks, or 5 months, or whatever time period you need to deliver the content to your members.

If you start a membership site based on the micro-continuity model, creating the content for the site is pretty much a no-brainer. The topic of your membership web site can come from a hobby or on from any specialized knowledge or interest you may have.

And, if YOU don’t have a hobby or specialized knowledge – you probably have a relative or friend who does. You can partner with them – using their product knowledge and your internet knowledge – to create a unique and profitable membership site.

As I mentioned earlier, I taught college level Information Technology (IT) classes as a part-time instructor for a number of years. I mostly taught intro and mid-level courses in programming, web development, and IT Management.

Since I was part-time, I’d often get a last minute call to teach a class that, for whatever reason, couldn’t be covered by a full-time staff member. I’d have to quickly create a syllabus for the entire course – outlining the topics that I’d be covering in each session.

For these last-minute, rush cases I almost never had all of my lectures fully fleshed out by the time the classes actually started. I’d have just 1 or maybe 2 weeks of lectures planned. The rest of them I’d create as the class progressed.

This is exactly what you can do with your micro-continuity membership site.

Micro-continuity is designed to feed content to your members in chunks or modules – usually one module each week. As a result, you don’t need to have your entire “course” created before you launch your site. You just need is the 1st installment of content – generally just the first week – creating the rest as your members progress.

The simplicity of both WordPress and the Micro-Continuity model results in membership sites that are pretty simple to setup. With the right planning and the right membership site software you can start a membership site and easily have it up, running, and pulling in new members in a single weekend.

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