Tools to Run a Membership Website using MemberGate in 2023

MemberGate is a fantastic software for creating digital membership websites. It is out of the box ready for you to develop and maintain a successful and professional subscription site.

However, there are some things that are necessary to run the site (think Payment Gateway), and others that are great additions that can plus your website. 

Necessary Tools

Domain Name - A domain name purchased at any domain name registrar can be used for your MemberGate website. Some domain name registrars include GoDaddy, Bluehost and Hostgator.

Payment Gateway - MemberGate fully integrates with Stripe, Braintree, and Paypal payment options can also be added to use on subscription and shopping cart forms as well. Each of these do require opening an account with their company. 

SSL Certificate One of the primary purposes of an SSL certificate is to encrypt the data transmitted between a website visitor's browser and the web server. Basically, it keeps sensitive data from being compromised.

Other Helpful Tools

The great news is that most of these tools have FREE introductory rates or are low cost so they are economical for all business sizes.

Amazon S3 - Amazon S3 is a cost effective and efficient way to store your video, audio or any files that will be offered to your members and customers. MemberGate is integrated with Amazon S3, so your files can be selected from your MemberGate Control panel AND there is also an S3 File Manager so you can upload those files from MemberGate right to your Amazon S3 cloud. 

Email Marketing Company - You can use your favorite email marketing company for your site. However, MemberGate provides a few options for an email marketing company that can be connected so list and tag management is automated.  

MemberGate integrates with AWeber, MailChimp, Brevo, Active Campaign and Infusionsoft. Each of these offers a different level of marketing options and services, so there is definitely one that works for any size site/customer base.

reCAPTCHA - The reCAPTCHA tool stops malicious actors or bots from engaging with your website. It makes sure that the user on your site is indeed human. 

Google Analytics - This is a metric and analysis tool that provides reporting on the amount of traffic visiting your site. This information can be used for marketing purposes or search engine optimization as well as other insights about your web business. Google Analytics can easily be added to your MemberGate site.

Social Media Accounts- Social Media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok are great ways to generate traffic to your website. Built in social media tools allow you to automatically add bookmarks to your pages to help your members easily share your resources.

Easy to Make Graphics - There are lots of resources to help do it yourselfers! Graphics can be made professionally and quickly without a lot of design experience or artistic abilities. Canva, VistaCreate, Adobe Express and PicMonkey are a few options. 

AI Bots - AI is all the rage at the moment, and for good reason. Using AI services like ChatGPT, Bard or Adobe Firefly are examples of AI options to make your professional life easier. They can help to generate both written and graphical content saving you hours of work. Sometimes what could be done in an afternoon can now be completed in a matter of minutes. 

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