WPBeginner http://www.wpbeginner.com Beginner's Guide for WordPress Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:30:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 How to Build a Membership Site with Rainmaker Platform http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-build-a-membership-site-with-rainmaker-platform/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-build-a-membership-site-with-rainmaker-platform/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:47:44 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=26012 Are you looking to build a membership site in WordPress? Do you want to sell products or premium content without having to learn about hosting, design, development, plugins, performance, security, etc.? We’ve got a solution for you. In this article, we will show you how… Read More »

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Are you looking to build a membership site in WordPress? Do you want to sell products or premium content without having to learn about hosting, design, development, plugins, performance, security, etc.? We’ve got a solution for you. In this article, we will show you how to easily build a membership site with the Rainmaker platform.

Rainmaker Platform

What is the New Rainmaker Platform?

Rainmaker is a website builder that leverages the power of WordPress to help you build sophisticated membership sites without any technical knowledge.

Their all-in-one website platform replaces the following services that you otherwise need to build a successful membership site: Managed WordPress hosting, website creation software, landing page creation software, podcast hosting and distribution tools, responsive WordPress theme, SEO software, A/B testing tools, shopping cart software, affiliate management software, membership site software, and a forum software.

If you were to combine the costs of owning all those software, hiring a developer to set it all up, and managing costs — you will quickly realize why Rainmaker platform is a bargain!

Rainmaker plans start from $95 per month, and it comes with a 14-day free trial.

If you are an entrepreneur who wants to build an online presence without spending too much time learning the technical bits, then Rainmaker is for you.

Pros and Cons of the Rainmaker Platform

After building a membership site with the Rainmaker platform, below are the Pros and Cons that we found.

Rainmaker Pros:

There are a lot of pros to using Rainmaker, so we will only list the most important ones.

  • Beautiful user interface – Rainmaker uses WordPress, but it looks nothing like it. The user interface is refined and simplified to make it beginner friendly.
  • Huge cost savings – If you were to combine the cost of all the software and services Rainmaker replaces (several thousand dollars annually), Rainmaker saves you some serious $$$. Their $95 / month or if you pre-pay annually $79 per month is CHEAP for the value you get!!
  • Point-and-Click Design Customization – Whether you’re creating a landing page, sales page, or customizing your entire site design, the entire process is super easy.
  • Membership sites simplified – If you’ve ever setup a membership site, then you know it can take days to get something setup properly (with the help of a developer). Rainmaker simplifies the process, so you can do it in a few hours without a developer.
  • Reliable Hosting, Security, Backups, and Performance – Rainmaker uses the Synthesis managed hosting platform, so you don’t have worry about site uptime and speed. They partner with Sucuri to ensure that your sites are secure.
  • Keyword research and SEO – Rainmaker uses Scribe Content’s keyword features to help you outrank your competitors in search.

Rainmaker Cons:

You can’t build something that satisfied everyone. Below are the Rainmaker cons that we found.

  • Can’t install other WordPress plugins – You are not allowed to install other plugins mainly because Rainmaker has everything you need to build a membership site and sell digital goods. If you want a feature that doesn’t exist, then you will have to wait for their team to build that functionality.
  • No built-in email marketing – Currently you must use AWeber, MailChimp, or Infusionsoft for your email marketing service which are all solid solutions.

Our Rainmaker Review:

Rainmaker is a solid all-in-one platform for building membership sites with WordPress. From the ease of use, to robust functionality, it has it all for entrepreneurs who want to focus on creating content without worrying about the technical details.

It’s built by the experienced team at CopyBlogger media, folks behind StudioPress themes and the popular Genesis framework.

The price is a bargain compared to how many services it replaces, and the cost savings you see there. Even by paying $95 per month, you are saving thousands of dollars a year.

If you are thinking of building a membership site, then definitely give Rainmaker a try.

Getting Started

First you need to signup for the Rainmaker platform. It comes with a 14-day free trial, so you can cancel at anytime.

Once you are logged in, it will automatically generate a preview site for you.

Rainmaker account portal

This preview site is not publicly visible, so you can add your content and customization. Once it is ready, you just need to click on the launch button.

Unlike the usual WordPress interface, Rainmaker dashboard is divided into clear sections like design, content, traffic, conversion, education, etc.

Let’s start by choosing a design for your website by clicking on the design section. Browse through the available design and choose the one that you like.

Rainmaker themes

Currently, there are 29 themes available to choose from. You can also submit your own Genesis child theme to be reviewed and included on your site if you want something completely custom.

All of these themes are highly customizable, so you can create your own unique combinations.

Customizing your theme in Rainmaker

Creating Content in Rainmaker

Rainmaker’s simplified content interface makes it very easy to create content. Start by clicking the content button, and it will take you to the content dashboard from where you can choose the different type content you can create.

Adding content into your rainmaker website

You can create posts, pages, landing pages, pricing pages, portfolio pages, podcast episodes, forums, and membership pages. Later in the article, we will show you how to create a page and restrict access to members only.

Creating Products and Member Groups in Rainmaker

Rainmaker was designed to make membership sites and selling digital goods easy, so it has a huge focus on conversion. You can see that by clicking on the Conversion tab from your dashboard.

Before you create products and member groups, you need to setup your payment method and email list.

Setup email list and payment method in Rainmaker

On the same conversion page, you will also find the options to create products, add coupons, manage orders, manage downloads, add member groups, and create A/B split-tests.

Creating products and member groups

Simply click on the ‘New’ button to add your first product. This first product can be a set of courses (premium content) that you want to sell and limit access to members only.

You need to give it a title, provide the description, enter price, etc. You can also add a member group here.

Creating products for your membership site

Once you are done, click the save button. Repeat the process to add more products, membership modules, courses, etc.

Restricting Access in Rainmaker

Now that you have created the products, you can go back to the content you added.

Edit a content page and scroll down a little. You will notice Membership Group metabox. This is where you can choose which membership group a user needs in order to see this content.

Restricting access to your premium membership content

Repeat the process for all your paid content, and digital downloads.

Creating Landing Pages for Your Membership Site in Rainmaker

Rainmaker has a separate section to create landing pages or sales pages.

Simply go to Content » Landing Pages. There you will have two choices. You can either use Rainmaker’s template builder to create your landing page, or you can choose from a selection of pre-designed templates.

Choose a pre-made template or build your own landing page

If you choose the template builder, then it will show you a selection of landing page types to choose from.

Choose a template layout

Choose the one that matches your need, for example a sales page. On the next screen, you will see an editor that lets you customize your page in a step by step process.

Filling your template type by entering copy and content

You can preview your landing page as you complete different sections. Once you are done creating your landing page, simply click the publish button.

On the other hand if you opted to go for a pre-designed template, then you will see the ready to use templates with screenshots of how they would look.

Choosing from pre-designed templates

Simply select the one that matches your goals and start editing the text.

Monitoring Traffic and Sales

On the ‘Traffic’ section, you can run your site’s outreach analysis. In other words, enter your keywords and Rainmaker will grade your content for that keyword with practical suggestions to improve your search engine rankings.

Rainmaker also comes with a built-in affiliate management solution. This allows you to recruit and manage affiliates from a central locations. It also allows your users to become affiliates without having to create two separate accounts.

Tools to increase your traffic with in Rainmaker

Getting Results in Rainmaker

After you have done the work, the next part is the best part where you see your work pay off. Rainmaker’s ‘Results’ section shows you just that.

Viewing reports in Rainmaker results

No need to switch back and forth between your email marketing service, google analytics, affiliate marketing platform, and countless other accounts. You can get all your results into your Rainmaker dashboard.

Rainmaker Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Rainmaker is such a powerful platform, so we’re sure that you have some questions. Below are the answers to some of the popular questions:

Is Rainmaker Platform using WordPress?

Yes. Even though Rainmaker is built on WordPress, the admin area looks completely different. Because it’s focused towards helping entrepreneurs build membership sites and sell digital-goods.

What services can the Rainmaker platform replace?

As we said before, Rainmaker is an all-in-one platform. It replaces managed WordPress hosting, website creation software, landing page creation software, podcast hosting and distribution tools, responsive WordPress theme, SEO software, A/B testing tools, shopping cart software, affiliate management software, membership site software, and a forum software.

If you were to combine the costs of owning all those software, hiring a developer to set it all up, and managing costs — you will quickly realize why Rainmaker platform is a bargain!

Can you install plugins on Rainmaker?

Even though Rainmaker uses WordPress, they do not allow you to install outside plugins because they got everything you need to build a membership site and sell digital goods. If you need additional functionality, it’s best to ask their team about it.

Chances are they already have that feature, and you just didn’t see it. If they don’t, then they will do their best to add it.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you build a membership site with the Rainmaker platform.

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Allowing users to register on your WordPress site can open the door for spam user registrations. While you can fight spam user registrations just like comment spam, wouldn’t it be better if you could just moderate user registrations like comments? In this article, we will show you how to moderate new user registrations in WordPress.

Approve or Deny User Registration

First thing you need to do is install and activate the New User Approve plugin. The plugin works out of the box, and there are no settings for you to configure.

You can see the plugin in action by logging out of your WordPress site and visiting the registration page.

There you will see a notice informing users that their registration request will be sent to the site administrator for approval.

User registration screen informing users about moderation

Once a user has submitted the registration form, you will receive an email notification informing you about the new user registration.

You can visit the Users screen in your WordPress admin area to approve or deny new user registration requests.

Moderating user registrations by approving or denying

When you approve a new user, they will receive an email with their password. If you deny a user request, then they will be notified that their registration has been denied.

It’s important to note that denying a user registration will not delete that user from your database. They will not be able to login to your site, and they will be unable to register again with the same username and email address.

If you delete a user, then the system will allow them to apply again for registration on your site. You will still have to approve them before they can access your site.

We hope this article helped you learn how to moderate new user registration in WordPress. If you are having trouble with sending or recieving notification emails, then check out our guide on how to fix WordPress not sending email issue.

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How to Stop Users From Sharing Passwords in WordPress http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-stop-users-from-sharing-passwords-in-wordpress/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-stop-users-from-sharing-passwords-in-wordpress/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:00:44 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=25960 By default a WordPress user can login to an account from multiple locations at the same time. This may compromise security of your multi-author WordPress site, and it can definitely hurt your profits if you run a membership site. In this article, we will show… Read More »

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By default a WordPress user can login to an account from multiple locations at the same time. This may compromise security of your multi-author WordPress site, and it can definitely hurt your profits if you run a membership site. In this article, we will show you how to stop users from sharing passwords in WordPress by blocking concurrent logins.

How WordPress Handles User Sessions?

Prevent Concurrent Logins

Before we move on, lets talk a bit about how WordPress handles user sessions. Like many other web applications, WordPress uses cookies to identify a logged in user. These cookies do not contain your password, just your username and a special key as a proof that you knew the password.

Now if you access your site from a public location and by habit checked “Remember Me” button, then anyone from that computer can login to your site because WordPress allows the same username to be logged in from two different locations.

This is a bit troublesome for security, but it can also be bad for business if you run a membership site selling premium content.

Users can simply share their password with their friends and use the same login information to consume your paid content.

Now wouldn’t it be nice if you could prevent users from staying logged into the same account from multiple places?

Recently when a user asked us this question, we looked around and found a plugin that prevents concurrent logins.

Prevent Concurrent Logins and Password Sharing in WordPress

Concurrent logins in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Prevent Concurrent Logins plugin. It works out of the box and there are no settings for you to configure.

You can test the plugin in action by signing in to your WordPress site from two different browsers on your computer or using the private / incognito mode.

When you try to login to your site with the same username and password on the second browser, you will be able to successfully login. However, the plugin will terminate the old session, and clicking on any link in the previous browser window will take you to the login page.

That’s all. We hope this article helped you learn how to stop users from sharing passwords in WordPress by blocking concurrent logins. You may also want to check out our guide on how to monitor user activity in WordPress with Simple History.

Also just a friendly reminder: Passwords can be hacked. If you wan to avoid this, then you need to use strong passwords on your WordPress site. You may also want to force strong passwords for all users on your WordPress site.

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