I’ve been looking for a way to monetize a WordPressMU site, and have come down to two options: make it a membership site and/or use applicable affiliate links.
Subscription sites are getting more and more common as time goes by. There are many sites making big bucks off of mass quantities of tiny subscriptions. However, there are also many sites that never make it off the ground because they can’t get users to pay for their content or service. The only way I’ve found of knowing what will work is by trying it.
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AMember is a membership management application that can be integrated with many popular projects, including WordPress. However, I have found very little support for WPMU in the realm of member management software. I haven’t tried out many of the WordPress plugins, because I’m just not willing to fork over the cash to see if I can hack it enough to make it WPMU compatible. If anyone already has a popular paid plugin (ie Your Members, WP-member…), I’d be happy to take a swing at it.
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I work as a contractor for several companies, one of which has been using a couple of Ruby on Rails web applications. I worked with a small team of developers to write them: a payment site, and the actual product/service site. As time went by, I became the only developer doing the maintenance and building additions and since software applications take so long to be bug free, these two are far from it. After over a year and more than 1000 users, we are scrapping the Rails apps and replacing them with other options.
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