This is definitely good news!
Honestly, I’ve given up on CP to make my membership website because of a lack of dedicated membership plugin. (I’m planning to use another CMS, TikiWiki). I sure don’t want to build my members-base on a WP plugin that might become incompatible w/ CP in the near future. But now… I’ll think about it again
At first, I thought to make only a members-area on my public website, but that makes the website more vulnerable to attacks, and so I decided a separate and dedicated members site is more ideal.
I’m planning to sell membership subscriptions, and as a writer, the only real things I can sell are:
- Early view of my final essays and other blog posts (which will be posted later in my public sites)
- Special members-only posts
- Access to my drafts and writing notes
Maybe the right to comment on my drafts and notes, if the price is high enough
Maybe a private forum, if there are already enough members
And so I would be needing:
- A way to make the site entirely private
- Membership levels
- Integration w/ PayPal (Stripe is not yet available in the Philippines)
- Maybe a private forum (if I choose to add this)
A feature that will be useful is for the site admin to manage membership manually without that connection to PayPal, because not everyone has PayPal or credit/debit cards. With this feature, I can sell memberships on a separate public page using other payment methods (like an e-wallet that is more common here than PayPal), and then add that membership manually to the site.
Another feature to consider (and I got this idea from TikiWiki) is to sell membership “points-based.” That is, you buy access to the site for a limited time. For example, you buy thirty points, and you get access for thirty days. If you don’t renew, you’ll lose your access (but not your membership), and to regain access, you’ll have to buy again some points. (Of course, for those who want it, there will be an Autorenew feature). This kind of model is useful for those who don’t want to commit to a monthly subscription, and this can be a good way to try out my offerings before committing.