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What Tools Are Needed To Run A Membership Website

Aug 23, 2008
There are many things that the success of your membership site will hinge upon, one of them will be the tool you provide your membership.

One type of tool that is needed for a successful membership site is the tool for communication. The tools you choose to use to communicate with your members will depend on your target market and on your resources. Email marketing is the communication tool of choice. Your email list may be your main means of communicating with your members.

Front-end channels such as a blog, forum, pay per click advertising, social marketing or even offline advertising may be useful tools of communication when your membership site is first starting.

There are two types of tools that you will need, those that are for building and operating your membership site and those tools that you make available to your members to use.

What tools you will need for building or operating your membership site include a domain name and a hosting servicem a Membership Site Script like Your Membership Website Script and a topic for your membership site. You will also need a constant supply of fresh content for your membership site. The content can be articles, ebooks, software, CDs, DVDs, music, videos or physical products.

The media you use on the site to communicate with your members are tools and may include audio, and video. The software you use to operate your membership site is also a tool. You will also need to have an autoresponder and a financial gateway to accept payments. You may require an HTML editor, a FTP client and a graphics editor.

Membership management has a lot of tools associated with it such as the software that automates the membership application, membership renewals, an online member portal, and member directory.

Communicate with your members using these tools: a blog, email or discussion forums. Maintain an up-to-date members list with a contact database.

Tools that your members may enjoy are a chat room and a forum for them to gel together as community and share information and stories, videos to view information about your topic, content can sometimes be a tool for your members if they can use the content. A good search box script can even be a tool for your members to find things more easily on your site.

Just about everyone on your membership site becomes a tool that the members can use to access the content that you have on the site or to communicate with you or other members. The online forms, the payment processing, the security measures that you take to ensure that the financial transactions your members make are secure are all tools. Even the catalog that you use to showcase your membership products becomes a tool.

Tools are all those things that make building, or operating your membership site possible as well as all the scripts, software and modules that are used to the many automated processes from membership application to commission payouts, to membership fee handling and content distribution are all tools that management and members utilize continuously as the membership site is used everyday.
About the Author
Tom Williamsen is an membership site expert.
Find out more about his membership website ebook and script here: http://www.yourmembershipwebsite.com
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