Two requests we've heard about the new member categories feature are to a) add the ability to tie categories into Profile Questions so members can automatically be placed into categories upon sign-up, and b) tie this into Paid Access. We're happy to report that we've completed the work for both of these. If you've thought member categories might be a nice-to-have feature, these changes may turn it into a must-have feature.
Automatically add new members to categories
Most Network Creators ask their members a few profile questions when they sign up. Now, you can use a multiple-choice question to automatically slot members into a custom-made member category:
A few things to keep in mind
Member Categories + Paid Access
The other big request we've heard from Network Creators is to tie the new member categories into the Paid Access optional add-on. We knew that would be a big request, and we're happy to report that this second round of improvements now supports Paid Access. We've added two different ways to encourage your members to sign up for special membership designations and badges.
Fixed-price paywall integration
Use Member Categories in conjunction with a fixed-price paywall to assign paying members who pay to a custom-made category. For example: You want members who pay to subscribe for access to a special VIP Group to be identified with a special VIP badge. You can simply assign those paying members to a custom-made category.
Donation paywall integration
Use Member Categories in conjuntion with a donation paywall to encourage members to give more to achieve a higher level of prestige. You do this by setting a threshold for payment that puts one (higher-paying) class of membership on a pedestal. For example: Gold members = $20/year donation; everyone who contributes below that amount = Silver member; all non-paying members = a non-paying category (you can simply use the "default member" designation for non-paying members if you choose).
We hope you will find a lot of new uses for Member Categories using these two new ways to extend the feature. Let us know how you plan to use it!
Thanks for that enthusiasm!!!!!!!! Love it.
You're welcome, Eric! Thanks for the great news, I'm working on this right now.
Wooooot wooooot!!! <= Ning coming like a freight train filled with goodies!! =]
Super awesome!!!!!!! Now, if I can figure out how to do this.
If I have 3 levels of group membership for a VIP Group, will it work for me? I'm not finding this.
I just did some editing, but I can't save. When I click "Save", the page does not refresh. =(
I can't seem to reproduce that error. I am getting a save and refresh.
Try a hard refresh Thunder; the old js on that page may be cached by your browser.
I noticed you have the same skin package I have from Skins for Ning, ot the Ning Master, whatever he goes by now.
A few months back Ning did something that caused my management page to screw up, probably because of the custom CSS. I'm just wondering if that happened to you and if you found a fix for it.
As you can see from the pics, everything is shifted down and out of alignment of my management page, the rest of the site is unaffected.
Ning won't troubleshoot this issue since it is custom CSS.
It's the tabs you're using that's causing this problem, Ken. I don't use them for this reason.
I wish I could offer a solution.
Thanks for your input. I think it has to do with the tabs too. What I don't understand is:
1) Only the management page is affected.
2) The same tabs and CSS worked flawlessly up until a couple months ago.