Did you know that Webs.com is the only website builder that incorporates tools to enable you to build membership websites? All the other website builders don’t offer this option to you, so this really makes Webs unique.
In this Webs.com review, we’ll go over why Webs.com’s membership login set up is helpful if you want to have a membership login system for you website, and an in-depth look at the tools available for you to use. (This article is focused on Webs’ membership login tools - We also have a full review of Webs including Pros and Cons here).
WHY WEBS.COM’S MEMBERSHIP LOGIN TOOL IS BETTER THAN EXTERNAL MEMBERSHIP PLUGINS
There are a number of external membership login plugins that you can try to use to create a membership area for your website. These plugins provide you all the basic membership setup such as allowing your visitors to create their own access membership (login name and password), and you can control what they have access to (such as designating certain pages to only be accessible by members).
However, you need to understand that these third party external plugins are not “native” to the website builder, and as such, you will need to:
1) Sign up for the plugin separately
2) Pay a monthly fee to use the membership plugin
3) Learn all the technical steps to install the plugin to your website
4) Risk having some parts of the membership plugin to conflict with your website builder
With Webs.com’s membership tool, it is “native” to the website builder and all the tools are fully integrated – this way, you don’t have to waste time setting up, save monthly fees and you can be sure that the tools will not conflict with one another.
This is the same idea as adding external parts to your car – you may need to hire a mechanic, and you never know if the new parts cause any issues / conflicts down the road. It’s best if the extra part is directly issued from the same manufacturer, or better yet, built in right from the start.
Having said that, the membership login tool offered by Webs.com is an excellent choice to start off building your website if you know you will need a membership area.
WE WILL GO OVER THE MEMBERSHIP SET UP IN THIS VIDEO:
HOW TO SET UP YOUR MEMBERSHIP AREA IN WEBS.COM
Since the membership set up is “native” and fully integrated with Webs.com, setting it up and creating a membership area is quite straightforward. We’ll go step-by-step in showing you how to set it up.
Install the Webs Membership App
Make sure that you go to the “Apps” menu and install the Webs Members plugin. It’s free for you to add as it is part of the core function of the template.
Choose Your Pages to Protect
You can now choose which of your webpage to protect, so that only members can view these specific pages.
Set your chosen pages to be be viewed by Members only.
Insert Members Login Module
You can drag drop Webs’ Login Module to wherever you want on your webpages. Webs makes it easy – you can drag the module to your webpages just like any other modules (such as pictures, paragraphs, etc).
Because the Login Module is a drag and drop tool, you can add as many as you want throughout your website to ensure that members can conveniently log in.
We recommend that you insert a login module at the top of each page.
Invite People to Become Members
There are 2 ways to invite people to become your members:
1) Import your contacts from your address book
2) Invite each person by their email address
Membership Configuration Settings
Webs.com give you the to option to automatically or manually accept new members. Automatically accepting new members make it convenient for you, and also allows members to access your protected pages right away.
Manually approving members give you more control over who to accept or not accept, but they will have to wait until your approval before gaining access. You will also need to take some time to manually approve them.
You can also set default membership level when new members sign up. For example, you may want to set all new members are Limited Members first (defined below), before upgrading them to Full Member (defined below).
So there are pros and cons to this, and is up to you to decide.
Managing Your Members
Once you have members, Webs give you tools to manage them with ease.
For each member, you can designate whether you want this member to be a “Full” Member, a Limited Member, a Moderator or an Administrator. So you can set different levels of permission or access to each member. This gives you full control over what the member can or cannot see.
For Administrators, they can access all main editing features for your website including creating, editing or deleting pages and content. They can also manage members – so this is someone you have to trust or you hire to help you manage your membership area.
Moderators have permission to delete comments and posts that are posted by members and visitors.
Members have permission to post comments or leave new content.
Limited Members can only leave comments.
Emailing Your Members
Instead of emailing each individual members one at at time, Webs allow you to mass email your members altogether – this will really save you time.
You can choose to email each level of membership separately (Administrators, Moderators, Full Members, or Limited Members) of you can email all of them together.
Your messages can address each one of them by their first names, so the messages appear more personal.
This is a very helpful tool as it allows you to quickly and efficiently speak with each level of your members, increasing interaction with them.
PRIVACY ISSUES DURING SIGN UP
One thing we noticed during our Webs.com review is that by default, the members sign up form will ask for your visitors’ birthday, location and gender. While some visitors may question privacy of these information, so we’ve tested it and your visitors actually don’t need to insert these private information to complete the sign up process.
What you can do is communicate to them in a designated area on your website (such as Membership Sign up FAQ or something along that line) that they don’t need to fill in those information in order to complete sign up.
This will really help you remove this privacy concern from the sign up process.
CONCLUSION – WEBS.COM REVIEW MEMBERSHIP SITE BUILDER
Webs.com’s membership tools is a very rare feature that most, if not all, other website builders do not include. Other website builders allow you to password protect some of your webpages, but Webs.com allow you to actively manage your members through a dashboard control panel.
It is a much better option to use Webs.com if you know you are going to have a membership area, since the membership tools are native and fully integrated with the website builder. This will ensure that the tools remain conflict free, and you don’t have to concern yourself over the technical installation steps – which you will need to do if you used a third party external plugin.
Also keep in mind that Webs.com is free to use, and you always have an option to upgrade later, but only if you want to.
Give these conveniences, if you are are planning on having a membership area, you should definitely check out and consider Webs.com as your website builder. (You can also see our full review of Webs.com here).
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