This will be a super-duper short mini-tiny review of three different kinds of WordPress membership software, because I'm so excited about the discovery I made today. What I found today, can not only be used as a membership script, but also to sell and deliver an ebook directly from your blog.
But first: The introduction… I'm going to give you a short review of three PHP-scripts, you can use to create a membership site with WordPress. There are several others, but I haven't tried those, so I cannot tell you more about them.
Those three products are priced very differently, as you'll see in a moment. But they all have their advantages and disadvantages. And I'll round the post off with a quick test for you… Test yourself: Which WordPress membership software do you need.
I tried Digital Access Pass a couple of years ago. The script was encrypted, and it caused me a lot of problems to set it up. Luckily, the vendor decided to change the code to normal PHP. I still had some problems with it, in that the admin of the WordPress blog had to be named “admin”, and not a unique user name, which I had chosen. This minor bug has probably been changed now, but I haven't tested the later version of the script.
With DAP, you can drip feed your blog with posts, and make them visible for the user at the time, you choose. So, if somebody joins your membership site, he'll start with post #1, and only continue to post #2 after a given period of time. When a new person joins, he'll only get access to post #1, until post #2 is released automatically.
You can choose which pages should be visible to everybody, and which should only be visible for members.
DAP has a build in affiliate program.
Integration works with ClickBank, PayPal, and others, and you can use AWeber as your autoresponder.
1-site license: $167
Unlimited license: $297
Important Update: Read This About Digital Access Pass
Recently, I bought Digital Access Pass, and for the first month, it worked smoothly.
Then, when our clients paid for the second month, some of them weren't updated in the script, so they didn't have access to the product they paid for.
I contacted the DAP support with an Urgent ticket last Saturday. The problem still isn't solved. They want me to erase my test client, transfer money to my second PayPal account, do a test trial etc. – again – because I already did all that to test that the script worked, before we send out information about the site to our clients.
I told them to do the testing themselves (after all, I paid $300 for a script that's supposed to work), but since then – no further replies.
Since then, two further clients have paid for their second month – the first client wasn't updated in the system; the second was.
They only have a 30 day money back guarantee, which wasn't enough in my case to see that there were problems with the script.
Rapid Action Press
If you already have invested in Rapid Action Profits (RAP), Rapid Action Press might be a better choice for you than DAP.
It seems like you can do the same things, but RAPress is cheaper. Since RAPress is build upon RAP, it also has an affiliate program.
Unlimited license: $197 (or you can pay 3 x $77)
WP Sales Automator
First, let me start with the bad news – what WP Sales Automator doesn't do.
It doesn't come with an affiliate system, but you can get it as an extra addon very cheap. You cannot drip feed your blog with new posts. It's everything or nothing.
That said, WP Sales Automator made me very excited, when I discovered it today. It is so cheap that everybody can afford it ($9.95 at the moment), and it was so simple to set up. It took me only a few minutes to install it and have my first test campaign ready.
You can use this plugin to deliver digital products as well, without setting up recurrent payments. The link will be encrypted, and you can re-send the link, should a customer lose his download. So this is a perfect way to sell and deliver your ebook.
Unlimited licence: $9.95
Test Yourself: Which WordPress Membership Software Do You Need
Do you want to be able to drip feed your blog with content?
Then you've narrowed the choice down to either DAP or RAPress.
Do you need to drip feed, and you only have one blog? Then DAP should be your best choice, since it's cheaper. Do you need to drip feed, and you want to use the script on several blogs, you might still want DAP.
Unless – you want to drip feed, you want to use the script on several blogs, and you have RAP: Then RAPress is your best choice.
If you don't need to drip feed, it's simple: Go with WPSA.