There are two options when it comes to creating a paid membership forum; free versus paid. But as the adage goes, nothing is ever free in this world, and this is very true in the online world.
WordPress - The Time Consuming "Free" Option
You can create a forum in WordPress using bbPress. The plugin is free and can create a functioning forum, but you'll need other paid plugins like PaidMembershipPro or ActiveMember360 to protect it and turn it into a paid membership forum. In fact you may need several plugins, and this leads to what I call The WordPress Plugin Problem - too many plugins making your website heavy and vulnerable to attacks.
The WordPress Plugin Problem
The more plugins you use on WordPress, the more it will affect your site speed. Unfortunately, WordPress membership plugins are notorious for attracting brute login attacks. Even if your website doesn't get hacked, it will still result in a slow page load speed due to the volume of traffic on the hosting server, and nobody likes a slow website.
Also, membership plugins often conflict with existing plugins resulting in you having to deactivate the incompatible plugins. This often results in you having to find alternative plugins or change the theme or design of your website.
Creating a paid membership forum on WordPress is ultimately not free. You will need to pay for other plugins to protect your forum and to receive payments, and you will pay in time and frustration.
If you are serious about creating a paid membership forum then go with a solution that will save you time. It only makes sense, if you are wanting to create a paid forum, then you yourself should invest in a paid solution. And, the solution I use and recommend is 10XPRO.
What is 10XPRO?
10XPRO is an all-in-one online business solution for coaches, course creators and online marketers who wish to create video membership sites and online video courses. Unlike other membership software platforms, it comes with a built-in forum solution. It literally took me no more than 20 minutes to create my membership forum.
With 10XPRO you can create:
- online courses
- membership sites
- a membership forum
- social walls
- a private coaching thread
How To Create A Paid Membership Forum Using 10XPRO
Step 1: Login to 10XPRO and under Online Courses, select Forum. Name your forum, add a short description, and upload your forum and default header images. I made mine in Canva.
Step 2: Add your categories.
Step 3: Under your categories add your sections
And you're done!
You have you're forum!
Step 4: Add your first thread!
Presto! You have a live work forum.
Step 5: Create your sales page
Step 6: Create a membership level for your forum, and you are done!
That's how easy it is to create a paid membership forum with 10XPRO.