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How To Build A Membership Site With WordPress – Membership Resources

This is Part 8 of our tutorial series on building a membership site with WordPress.

In Part 7, we provided many useful tips to ensure that your membership site can continue to grow and is able to service its members.

In this tutorial, we provide a list of useful membership site tools and resources.

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How To Build A Membership Site With WordPress – Membership Tools & Resources

Like any other website, you will need webhosting and a domain name for your membership site.

If you need help choosing a webhosting provider, see the tutorial below:

If you need help registering a domain name, see the tutorial below:

Here are some useful tips regarding choosing domain names and webhosting for your membership site:

When creating an autoresponder-based membership site, or to simply integrate a mailing list into your subscription process, you should consider choosing a remotely hosted option. This way, in the event that your membership site or hosting provider experiences problems, you will still have an easy way of contacting your members and notifying them of any potential problems.

To learn more about using autoresponders, see the tutorial below:

Adding Graphic Images

Most likely, your membership site will require graphic images for your membership pages, and your content.

You can outsource the creation of all graphic images to professionals, or use image creation software.

Photoshop

Photoshop is the world’s leading image editing application. Photoshop lets you enhance, retouch, and manipulate photographs and images.

You can learn Photoshop if you plan to use images extensively on your site, or outsource the work to others.

For more information about Photoshop, visit the site below:

GIMP

GIMP is a FREE alternative image editing program to Photoshop.

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

GIMP can be used as a simple paint program, an expert-quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

For more information about GIMP, visit the site below:

For tutorials on learning how to use GIMP, visit the site below:

Graphic Icons

There are many sources of graphic images and icons available online where you can download collections of icons, and image packages for use in your membership pages and content.

To find FREE graphics and icons, just search online for “free icons”,”free icon sets”, etc. For FREE images, see the next section below.

If you plan to use graphic images and icons extensively, you can also purchase graphic image bundles from various design companies.

For a great collection of graphic images with PSD source files, visit the site below:

Stock Images / Royalty-Free Images

There are thousands of royalty-free images you can use to help grab your members’ attention, convey your message more effectively, and make your site content stand out.

To learn more about finding Royalty-Free images, see the tutorial below:

Creating Video Based Products

When creating video clips, Camtasia is one of the easiest video creation tools to use and one of the most popular.

Camtasia

Camtasia lets you easily capture your entire screen, or sections of your screen, record powerpoint presentations, import media, and add live audio narrations, callouts, transitions, annotations, and zoom and pan features.

With Camtasia, you can easily create high quality, professional video presentations that can be produced in various video formats, and published to your website, or uploaded to a server or YouTube account.

To learn more about this application, visit the site below:

If you are on a Mac, Camtasia has yet to release a version exclusively for Mac users, so you might find the following resources useful.

iMovie

iMovie for Mac comes built-in with most Mac Computers.

iMovie lets you organize your clips into video recordings, allowing you to create training videos use live footage.

To learn more about this application, visit the site below:

Keynote

Keynote lets you create stunning visual presentations and slideshows on your Mac with easy-to-use visual tools. You can easily drop in photos or video, add reflections, picture frames and interactive charts.

Keynote also lets you add cinema-quality transitions, preview your presentation live, and combine elements created using different.

To learn more about this application, visit the site below:

iShowU

With iShowU, you can record anything on your screen instantly – both audio and video. As soon as you stop recording, your video is instantly available.

iShowU is easy to use and comes with many built-in presets. You can even set up a recording timer, and publish your screen capture video to your website with one-click publishing.

To learn more about this application, visit the site below:

ScreenFlow

Screenflow is a popular screen recording and editing software for Mac users. It provides high-quality screen recordings – even for Retina displays.

Screenflow provides many powerful features, including auto-timer, pause-screen recording, nested clips, video annotations, attractive titling options and sophisticated 2D and 3D transitions.

A free trial of the software is available.

To learn more about this application, visit the site below:

Snapz Pro

Snapz Pro X allows you to effortlessly record anything on your screen, saving it as a QuickTime® movie or screenshot that can be e-mailed, or published and shared online.

Snapz Pro X captures full motion video on your screen, with digital audio and an optional microphone voiceover. Additional features include Retina display support, transparency masks, and “Live Preview,” which shows you how your screenshot will look before you save it to disk.

A free demo version of the software is available.

To learn more about this application, visit the site below:

To learn more about WordPress membership plugins, go here:

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