Creating a membership site is recommended if you want to earn a steady income and create a sustainable business model. With a general blog, all you can do is earn from AdSense (or, other ad networks), and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea to master affiliate marketing for a 6-figure every month. I am not saying that earning from a membership site is easy. But, it’s a good source of passive income and of course, your membership site has to offer something worthwhile for users to register and pay a premium fee.
Let’s begin with the themes that you can use to create a paid membership site in 2018.
It is an easy to use a theme which has automatic theme updates and has premium membership options. Through this theme, you and your users can create, view, delete and edit posts. Your users can share any story on social media without any hassle. It has a premium post management which allows your premium users to have posts with a redirect from the homepage. You can create unlimited forms with each having their specific setting.
Moreover, all the content posted on the website will be checked through Copyscape to avoid plagiarism. With its premium membership plugin, you can charge your users for submitting a premium article on your website. Additionally, you can create an unlimited number of subscriptions packages including trail, free and premium subscriptions. You have to pay some additional amount for this plugin, but it offers numerous features.
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This theme is developed by Chimp Studio which is specifically created for real estate website. It has more than eighteen demos included and advanced filters to make search easier. Your visitors can apply filters like type, location, cities, areas, price range, size and any other real estate related filters. With its membership packages, you can charge a membership fee from your visitors who wish to list their property on your website.
You can create as many packages as you want with custom expiration date and select the number of listings for each package. Other highlights of this theme are geolocation search, advanced address lookup, email listing alerts, determining the number of pictures and documents on each listing, and many others.
If you are looking to establish a dating website, then this theme should be your choice. With features like virtual gifts, chat, and membership fees portal, this theme will grab the attention of your visitors. It has an in-built membership system which processes the payment through WooCommerce integration. You can limit the number of photos, messages and gifts for each user. Moreover, you have the option to change the fonts, membership settings, create sidebars and many others. Some other features include widgets, homepage slider, Facebook login, and unlimited sidebars.
Ink is a content sharing theme for WordPress which has nine blog layout options. It has widget based layout approach which allows you to create widgetized pages. You can create custom layouts with four custom section widgets – Static Content, Recent Posts, Recent Posts (Grid), Contributors Widget. One of the key features of this theme is the support of Restrict Content Pro plugin. You can restrict some of your content which can be only accessed by the premium members. Apart from that, support for retina display, Stag Tools compatibility, responsive design, and child theme readiness are some of its other highlighting features.
This is another WordPress theme which is specifically made for real estate websites. You can list a property for both rentals as well as sales. This theme is completely mobile friendly which means that your website’s visitors won’t face any problem while visiting the site on mobile devices. There are different membership options to choose from, including No Membership, Free for All Users, Membership Packages and Pay per Submission.
No Membership means that only admins can list any property, Free for All Users means that all the registered users can list as many properties as they want without paying anything. The next is Membership Packages which restricts the users to list the property as per their package, and the last is Pay per Submission means that the user must pay for every listing.
This theme is one of the most customisable directory listing themes available in the market. You can register, login, submit listings, change membership and many other things from the WordPress dashboard. This theme has an in-built membership system through which you can create packages for the users. The price is solely up to you, and you can even decide the number of listings allowed to each member. Some of its other features include email notifications, claim listings, WPML compatibility, review system, unlimited sidebars and more.
If you are looking to create a wellness or health training website, then Yogi is the perfect theme for you. It has four custom post type; class, trainer, testimonial and event. It is equipped with a drag and drop page builder which lets you customise your website with ease. Moreover, it is compatible with Mindbody for online registration and payment. You can even create custom membership packages and receive direct payment through WooCommerce.
This theme is made for creating a hospital and doctor listing website where users can create their profile and publish listing. It supports two major plugins – MailChimp and Visual Composer. It supports PayPal and Stripe as payment gateways and has different membership types. Free Account, One Time Payment, Recurring Payment, Free Trial Paid Trial, and Variable Payment Package are the membership types available to this theme.
With features like payment gateway, email notifications, WooCommerce integration, and social login, this theme is perfect for creating a restaurant membership site. Restaurant owners need to choose the membership package provided by you. The restaurant owners can manage their bookings, teams, menu ad payments from the dashboard.
In addition, this theme lets you have an unlimited number of merchants through the membership package of your choice. Some other features of this theme include online table booking, VAT and delivery charges, custom order history and more.
If you are looking to start your Lawyers Directory, then Falcons WordPress theme should be your ideal choice. This theme is compatible with all the major web browsers and has support for MailChimp and Visual Composer.
For the end-user listing, the users need to take a membership which could be either free or paid depending on the membership type selected by you. Moreover, you can even choose to offer a trial of your membership site.
These were the top ten WordPress themes to create a paid membership site. These themes come with a demo and work on all the major web browsers. Moreover, these themes are suitable for different niches which allow you to decide which one to choose.