Build a WordPress membership site with content protection.
Membership sites are all about access—and the member experience. As with all things Exchange, our main priority with the Membership Add-on was keeping it simple.
With the Membership Add-on for iThemes Exchange, it’s easy to:
After activating the Membership Add-on, you’ll see the Add Membership page in the Exchange menu. The Add Membership page is composed of six sections: Product Title, Description, Images, Content Access, Product Files and Advanced (settings).
Protect your WordPress posts, pages, categories, tags, custom post types and more, based on membership status.
In the Content Access section, select the type of content (posts, pages, post types, categories or tags). After adding a Content Access rule, the selected content will only be available to customers with this membership.
Delayed (drip) content rules are also available for individual content items (like posts, pages or post types). This makes it easy to release “drip content”—or content that becomes available in sequence daily, weekly, monthly or yearly. Think of this like taking a traditional university course or class. Lectures or reading assignments are unveiled daily or weekly as you progress through the material.
Want to include protected downloadable files like ebooks or podcasts with a membership purchase? Use the Product Files section to upload or add URLs for files.
The Membership Add-on takes advantage of Exchange features to customize your member experience, including a built-in member dashboard with pages for account, profile, downloads and more.
To customize the Welcome Message that will be displayed in the dashboard of your members, click the Advanced button to expand the editor and add your message.
Making the membership upgrade process easy and simple for your customers also makes life easier for you, the site owner, since you’re not manually calculating membership upgrade costs or delaying the process because upgrades can’t be more automated.
The Exchange Membership Add-on features a better way for members to upgrade (and downgrade) their memberships. The Membership Upgrade/Downgrade feature automatically calculates how much money the customer has paid into their current membership and applies that amount as a credit to the purchase of the next membership level at checkout.
The Membership Add-on is also designed to work with other Exchange add-ons like Recurring Payments, Digital Downloads and MailChimp. With these add-ons, you can enhance your membership site with auto-renewing payments, include digital downloads and give your customers the option to subscribe at checkout to your Mailchimp newsletter lists.