|Posted: Saturday Aug 11th, 2012 at 3:53 pm #21784|
I’m seriously looking at getting a pro licence for s2member, based on the review at Winkpress, the pre-sales FAQs, and looking at the fora.
I’m an experienced web developer and designer who manages the site at http://www.eurocall-languages.org, which is for a non-profit international academic community. I’m putting this site into WordPress, using Woothemes Canvas for styling plus a couple of other plugins. My colleagues want a members-only area, but better than my existing very basic setup which requires members to fill in a registration form but doesn’t connect with our membership database (currently implemented in Zoho – yeah, I know, I’m working on it).
Although I could use s2member simply to restrict Members Area content, getting members to register with the site so that they get records in the WP database, our membership secretary would have to manually remove any members who’ve not renewed, which happens often . Ideally, our membership database, the website and payments would be tightly integrated, so that the member logs in and sees her membership profile, info and status and can renew membership online. I was going to redesign the membership DB in PHP/MySQL with an API which could be queried, but looking at s2member (and other WP membership plugins, though this looks to be the closest fit to our basic needs) it occurs to me that the WP DB could be our main membership DB, which could save a lot of time and effort.
After that preamble, my questions are:
I’m sure that the answer to all the above is ‘yes’ if the developer does enough coding, but I’m hoping to avoid any serious coding within the WP environment as I’m just not familiar enough with it, particularly the API and all its ‘hooks’. Also, my colleagues are non-technical so I don’t want to leave them with something that can only be maintained by a coder.
We’d be using the standard PayPal business account as we currently do as our members are ok with that, and I don’t want the hassle of setting up a PP Pro account plus SSL certificates – we’re not large enough to justify the extra time and expense.
Thanks in anticipation for any answers. If I can implement our membership DB into WP that would be a major saving in time, and would easily justify the small Pro fee and make me a happy bunny :o)
 Attendees at our annual conference get a year’s membership as part of the conf fee, and many of these don’t renew, though of course attendees at the next year’s conference become members. So there’s quite a membership turnover, which we would really like to cut down on and improve renewal rates.
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