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Getting Started With MemberPress

If you just installed your MemberPress plugin and might be wondering how to start building your membership website, this document will help you set things up with as little effort as possible.

Onboarding Wizard

When you first install and activate the MemberPress plugin on your site, and navigate to Dashboard > MemberPress, you will encounter the MemberPress Onboarding Wizard.

This wizard will take you through some basic settings and show you how to protect your first piece of content. The wizard will cover the following points:

  1. Activate License
  2. Enable Features
  3. Create or Select Content
  4. Create Membership
  5. Protect Content
  6. Payment Options

Click on the “Get Started” button to start the wizard.

Activate License

The MemberPress plugin requires activation to function properly. So, the first step of the wizard is activating the license:

  1. Click on the “Activate” button.
  1. This will take you to the next page prompting you to log into your MemberPress account. Fill in your MemberPress account credentials and continue with the login.
  2. MemberPress will automatically check for your license and activate the plugin on your site.
  1. Click Continue to progress to the next step.

Enable Features

In your second step, you can activate additional features of MemberPress. Additional features of MemberPress are called Add-ons. Each add-on is a separate plugin that will be installed on your site.

Note: Activating add-ons shouldn’t affect your site performance.

In this step, the list of the available add-ons comes with a short description of their features. Here, you will have a selection of the most commonly used add-ons. For instance, enabling the Courses add-on will allow you to create courses with MemberPress. Similarly, the Downloads add-on will allow you to add downloadable protected files, and available only for your members. 

Note: Please note that not all add-ons are available with all MemberPress Plans. If an addon is not available for your MemberPress plan, you will be prompted to upgrade your plan to use it on your site. 

To enable any feature (add-on), simply click the check box next to it. You can enable the features you need now, or at a later date.

Once the wizard is finished, you can check the full list of available add-ons at Dashboard> MemberPress > Add-ons. Here, you can enable all add-ons available for your MemberPress plan anytime. Also, you can disable addons on this page, including the ones you enabled in this wizard step.

Click the “Continue” button to move to step 3. MemberPress will automatically install and activate all the add-ons you selected. 

Create or Select Content

The third step, together with your fourth and fifth steps, will cover the basics of protecting your content. The wizard will show you how to protect one piece of your content (e.g. a page). 

Namely, MemberPress comes with a tool that controls access to any content based on a set of criteria for members. This tool is called Rules. A Rule can be configured to provide access to content only to members who are registered for a specific membership. In short, this and the following steps will take you through this process. 

Hence, in this step, you need to select the first content you want to protect:

  1. Click the “Choose Existing Content” link.
  2. Select the content you want from the list presented.
  3. Click Save.

Also, you can create new content here:

  1. Click the “Create New Content” button.
  2. You will be prompted to add the title of your new page. If you activated the MemberPress Courses in the previous step, you will have an option to choose between creating a new course or page.
  1. Click Save. MemberPress will now create a new empty page with the page title you added.

Click Continue to move to the next step.

Create Membership

Now that you have selected the content to protect, you need to create your first membership:

  1. Click the “Create Membership” button to open a popup.
  1. Here, you need to add the basic data required to create a membership, starting with the Membership Name. This name will be visible on your backend, but also to your users on the frontend.
  1. Under the Billing section, choose whether this should be a one-time or recurring payment (monthly or yearly).
  2. Also, you need to specify the Price your users will need to pay when registering for this membership. Your memberships can be also set as free by setting a price to zero.
  3. Click Save to create the membership.

Note: The Wizard will create a new membership with the basic settings only. You can find additional membership options at Dashboard > MemberPress > Memberships.

This membership will be used to create a rule. Click Continue to create a new rule on your next step.

Protect Content

MemberPress Rules are used to define conditions a user needs to fulfill to access specific content.

Click on the “Create Rule” button. 

This will open a popup showing the page (or course) and membership you created in previous steps. 

Click Save to generate the rule.

Now, your users must register for the membership you created, to gain access to the content you previously chose. 

When a membership is created, MemberPress will automatically generate for that membership a registration page with a specific URL. Your users can register by navigating to this page and submitting the registration form located there. 

Click Continue to set your payment options.

Payment Options

To charge your users for membership registrations (subscriptions), you need to set your payment methods. MemberPress by default comes with integrations with PayPal and Stripe payment processors. You will need to use one of these payment providers to collect the online payments. 

In addition, MemberPress comes with options to collect offline payments or use the third payment processor (available only with the MemberPress Pro plan).

The wizard provides an option to connect your Stripe account with MemberPress. If you want to use other payment methods, you can Skip this step and set these options afterward. 

Click on the “Add Stripe” button, and follow the instructions to configure the Stripe connection.

Once connected, you will be prompted to enable Stripe Tax if you wish to enable automatic tax calculations and collection.

Completing Setup

After the “Payment Options” step, the wizard will finish the setup process. Once completed, you will be presented with the URL for the registration page for the membership created in the process, and your default member’s login page URL. You can now link these pages to your menu items, and anywhere else throughout your site.

There is no need to memorize these URLs. You can find the URLs of all membership registration pages at Dashboard > MemberPress > Memberships. Also, your MemberPress login page slug will be /login by default (e.g.

What’s Next? 

The wizard will cover the basics. It will help you set your first membership, content, and a rule to protect that piece of content. 

Most often, your business will require multiple memberships and your content will be more complex. Thus, once the wizard is finished, some additional settings may be needed to get your site fully set. 

To create additional memberships and configure advanced membership options, navigate to Dashboard> MemberPress > Memberships. Each membership you create will have its separate registration page with a specific URL that can be linked anywhere on your site. You can configure default registration pages, or create custom membership registration pages.

Creating memberships will not automatically protect your content. To protect any content, you need to navigate to Dashboard> MemberPress > Rules and create a rule for it. 

Once done, your membership site will be ready to register the first members.

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