Your WordPress Hosting package gives you the ability easily host an active site with thousands of members. But how do you know if memberships are something you should be offering your visitors? What’s the return on this investment? That’s what we’re going to exploring in this article.
This article provides general information about options you have with regard to accepting memberships on your site. For a specific tutorial, visit our full guide on accepting memberships with WordPress.
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Before you decide whether or not you want to have members on your site, you should take some time to think about whether managing members will return a benefit for you. This is something that would be determined by the goals you’ve set for your site.
However, if you decide you want to open your site to memberships, you can rest assured that our WordPress Hosting has you covered in terms of power and reliability.
The WordPress framework itself provides user easy management.
In order to see all the users configured on your site you only need to follow these steps:
- Log into your WordPress Dashboard
- Select Users from the left side panel
- Choose a user account to edit or view
It’s possible you currently have only one admin user (you). And that’s OK. But if you allow others to register on your site you will see that you can manage all of those profiles and change roles from this same area.
Why Provide Memberships?
One of the great benefits of WordPress is that you can accept contributions and/or help from different people.
For example, if you want to receive blog contributions from a third-party writer, that’s easy to do. All you have to do is register
this user as an “Author” (a user role in which the user can add and edit their own content).
User-generated content is one of the most powerful features of the social internet.
But what about other kinds of user profiles?
You could also add an additional administrative user to your site. (Of course, make sure this is someone you can trust.) An admin user can help you manage your site by fulfilling advanced operations and duties.
For example, if you have a developer working on your site, you would need to grant them admin access so they can augment your site with custom modifications.
Memberships for Marketing Purposes
Memberships can also be a powerful feature you can leverage to achieve your marketing goals.
For example, let’s say you want to offer exclusive content to users who sign up for your mailing list.
You can create custom user roles for members of your mailing list so they can access the premium content. WordPress supports all of these features and makes them easy to implement.