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!
yup the paid access you can use it as straight subscription or donation based
i use donation
Either way, I have to pay $19.95 right or wrong?
its worth it i set mine to a 2.95 suggested donation
some pay 1 some 2.95 some 4.95 etc..one even donated 50
if you think youer networks worth the effort they will think its worth donating to
So its a paid Donation to get Donation. Its worth it if you're not paying as much as I am. Can I have a look at your site? Thanks a lot for attending to my queries.
if your just starting out dont bother with the donation just yet (u can add a paypal donation button instead) wait till tyour sites active and popular then set up the paywall
Thank you for that piece of advice. I very much agree. I just begin to have the time to try to make my site active and popular and I want to concentrate on that right now. I just been to your site, it's cool.
So I created new profile question for:
I assume to get at this data I would export the member data? Or is there a method to view my 3 categories online? # of Advanced Birders, etc
addd tabs for them and at the top of members page theres links to each category with the numbers in each
You can view your three categories directly from the Member Management area. You may want to read the Help Center article about member categories.
I have lots of questions:
1. I assume that I can't see the paywalls because I do not have paid access at this time, so can someone please tell me:
a) If people pay via paypal or another way
b) Are you charging people a monthly auto-renewable fee, an annual auto-renewable fee, or something else? How does it seem to work best?
c) This is my biggest challenge: Let's say you can offer your premium members a discount from various suppliers, how do you do that? Through their own code to be used at check-out on participating sites, and that is valid as long as they remain signed up?through a list of different codes, all individual for each of the suppliers' sites?
d) What a about a digital membership card? Has anyone tried that?
Also, if you use a code, can't they just share their code with friends?
Thanks in advance for your insights.
i dont think anyone uses it like that at all so dont think anyone would be much help
what your talking about is highly specialized and not the purpose of thepaywall feature
are you already offering discounrs on other sites how are u doing that now?
if not why would you if you add the paid acces
Hey, Barbara. People can pay via PayPal or other ways. Actually, this particular release we're discussing here is about member categories, which is a little different. You might want to check out our Help Center for info about Paid Access in general. I would also encourage you to open a new discussion if you want and maybe we can get some folks to join in with some advice.