How to Set Up Your Membership Level Pricing for Paid Memberships Pro

This guide covers some of the most common pricing models for membership sites and how to configure level pricing for your site. It’s a useful guide if you’re just getting started with Paid Memberships Pro and would like to learn the different ways you can potentially charge members.


How to set up your Membership Level Pricing

Paid Memberships Pro enables you to charge your members in a variety of ways, including:

  1. Set up a one-time/one-time “lifetime” payment for membership.
  2. Bill members on a recurring monthly subscription.
  3. Charge members on a yearly basis.
  4. Set up a trial for your members before having them commit to a full membership.

You can offer all of these pricing models and more using Paid Memberships Pro. Below are a few of the most common pricing options we have seen.


Once Paid Memberships Pro is installed on your site, the following settings can be configured in your WordPress Dashboard under Memberships > Membership Levels > Add New Level:


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Setting up a once-off payment.

Here are the steps to create a one-time payment that will charge members when they signup for a membership. The membership can last indefinitely or for a specific amount of time.

  1. Set the amount you want to charge immediately at checkout in the “Initial Payment” field.
  2. If necessary, add a Membership Expiration to this level by clicking on the Membership Expiration checkbox (more on this later). If left blank, members will be able to access members-only content indefinitely.
  3. Save your Settings
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Pro Tip: Sell access to individual pages or posts, or sell a la carte items for a flat fee by using our AddOn Packages Plugin.

Setting up a monthly payment.

To charge monthly for your site’s membership, do the following:

  1. Set your initial payment to the amount you want to collect immediately when a member completes a checkout on your site. This can be the same amount you plan to charge on a recurring basis or it can be a higher or lower amount.
  2. Select the “Recurring Subscription” checkbox to open up more billing options.
  3. Set the Billing Amount and the Billing Frequency. If you want to bill clients monthly be sure to set your frequency to “1” per “Month(s)”
  4. Save your Settings.
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Setting up annual payments.

To set up a yearly pricing model for your membership level, do the following:

  1. Set the amount you want to charge immediately at checkout in the “Initial Payment” field. Again, you can set this first payment to be a higher or lower price than you plan to charge for subsequent years.
  2. Select the “Recurring Subscription” checkbox to open up more billing options.
  3. Set the Billing Amount and frequency. If you want to bill clients yearly be sure to set your frequency to “1” per “Year(s)”
  4. Save your Settings.
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Setting up a membership level with an expiration date.

In some cases, you may want to add an expiration date to your Membership Level, if you would like to add an expiration date to your level, do the following:

  1. Navigate to Memberships > Memberships Level in the WordPress Dashboard
  2. Select a Membership Level to edit.
  3. In the Membership Level Settings, check the “Membership Expiration” checkbox to open up the Membership Expiration options.
  4. Set the duration of the membership access. For example, “3 Month(s)”
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Change the word “Howdy” in the WordPress Admin Bar.

change the word howdy to hello in WordPRess Admin

Howdy 👋😊

If you have ever wanted to change the word “Howdy” in your WordPress Admin bar (the black bar at the top of your website that can be seen once you have logged in),  there are a couple of ways you can do this.

 


  1. Use a plugin from the WordPress.org repository.
  2. Use some custom code – recommended to use with a customization plugin – (an example of a customization plugin. You can also use add this to your functions.php file but this is no longer recommended.

The code gist above will change the word “Howdy” to “Hello”. If you want some further help editing this to other words or installing it on your site, let me know down in the comment section below.


 

Making WordPress Things

My brother Andrew and I are working together on a project to build premium WordPress Plugins with the focus on User Management, WooCommerce, and some other cool integrations to boot!

Without a shadow of a doubt, this initiative was inspired by the amazing WordPress Power couple – Jason & Kim Coleman, founders of the popular membership plugin – Paid Memberships Pro.


We have two divisions of this project Yoohoo Plugins as well as Yoohoo themes.  While Yoohoo is not our full-time gig, we are working hard whenever we have the spare time to make sure these plugins/themes really add value to our users and help make their site making experience so much better!

As mentioned before, if it was not for the amazing support, inspiration, and education we received working at Paid Memberships Pro, I don’t think we would have come this far. Not even close.

WP Zapier

At the moment, one of our more popular plugins WP Zapier has really started gaining traction. With the skills I learned making tutorial videos for PMPro I was able to make this video to help promote our plugin.


Slow and Steady Wins the Race.

Even though our plugins are gaining popularity and traction, we have seen that progress is slow, which is fine. Wait. More than fine. Perfect in fact. We love what we do and what we are working on. If there is something that I have learned about online businesses is that it takes time, energy and commitment to succeed.

So for us, we plan to show up (when we can), be consistent, do our best and pivot if we need to 🙂

Free Resources

If you want to be a great craftsman, you need the right tools for the job! Below is a (working)list of some of the best resources I have come across for digital nomads, remote workers, designers and developers alike:


Hmm, Freebies

  1. After Effects Animation Templates 
  2. Free Music for your Podcast 
  3. Videos to use for your homepage 
  4. Free stock photos that don’t suck!  (One of my favorite!)
  5. Quality illustrations for your next project
  6. Audiogram generator & more (Can’t believe this is free)
  7. FreeCodeCamp – Learn Coding For Free
  8. Test the effectiveness of your Email Marketing Subject line.

YouTube Channels

While these are not really ‘resources’ per se, these channels are very valuable in helping you hone your skills.

  1. Rob Hope – Yo Series (Great place to find amazing online resources)
  2. The Futur – Learn about all things relating to design and the business around it.
  3. Allesandro Castellani – Learn how to code.

What resources do you use for your projects!

This list will be updated regularly as I come across more resources. I have a feeling I am already forgetting about a bunch more! Help me make this list great and leave a comment below 🙂

Happy Creating!

PMPro Code Gist #2

Recently,  I was privileged enough to help another customer with a simple but effective code recipe (that is what we call a snippet of code, also known as a code gist).

This particular coding recipe will enable you to disable certain features of our Capture Name & Address for Free Levels or Off-Site Payment Gateway Add On.

In this particular case, our customer wanted to use this Add On to capture billing details from his members when checking out with the Off-Site Payment Gateway – PayPal Express.  But, wanted to disable the billing details for his Free Level (the Add On above would have inserted these billing fields into both the free and premium levels).

 

There is something deeply satisfying with Code and the ability to form, mold, hack and debug your way to a solution. Especially a solution which produces desirable results that turn into awesome reviews!!

Customer Support Review


In an online video, not so long ago, I heard a quote that went something like:

The Programmers, developers and coders of today are the modern Wizards and Rock Stars of our age. – Will I Am (I think..)

Back then, I thought: “Well that was a bit much.”

But I have to admit, there really is something quite magical about turning some lines of seemingly odd and encoded digits and figures into solutions that help make peoples lives better.


If you want to learn to develop cool, new things why not try:

  1. Treehouse – Great guided video developer series.
  2. FreeCodeCamp – Learn to code. No Videos but it’s free and easy to get started!
  3. Allessandro Castellani (YouTube) – One of the best, if not the BEST YouTube instructor I ever had!!