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!
You want to create 400 member categories? I have to say that I would never expect that type of use from this feature. May I ask why you want to create 400 different categories? How many members do you have, and how would you use this feature? Just kind of curious because this is a very unexpected question.
i would like 400 member categories because members of my site would like to update their in game level from 1 to 400. I think it would be a great feature for my site, as many members owuld come back to update their profile. Most members use it to track their progress through the game and this would add to this functionality.
Okay, but you realize that you would have to update a member whenever they progressed from level 1 to 2 to 3 to 4 to... 400. This sounds like a total administrative nightmare. A completely un-winnable game. Note that members do not assign themselves to categories. NCs and admins choose those.
u need 400/ ???? i dont think thres a limit but only 10 can auto populate by profile question
why does creators say please write something in your reply everytime i try to reply? i gota copy reload paste add reply..every single time!
This is a great addition, well done!
well thought out. Great job Ning.
ONE REQUEST: I'm an astrology site. Many of your new features have a cap on "10" options. Everything in my life and soul has "12" options (for 12 zodiac signs)
So I'm always challenged with 10 subTab limits, now 10 multiple choice questions, etc.
If there is any way you can bump to 12? I know that's a special request but MANY businesses deal with varieties by the dozen instead of 10.
Thank you in advance.
In most situation, I think 10 is more than enough. But, I can totally see how in your specific case this would be an issue. Not sure if we can change this, but I will pass it along to the product manager.
yes, more is really needed
Now would be nice having the option to share content such as events, groups, photos and forums for members of a specified category!