Do you need a website with the ability to transact a one off or recurring monthly or annual membership? How about an inbuilt forum which will allow your members to connect and communicate with one another privately? What about the ability for them to access events or online learning?
Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with our Membership Websites!
Our company disrupted the website industry in 2013 when we started offering kick arse website design and developments, including membership websites which are mobile responsive, at an extremely affordable price.
People are constantly astounded at how their vision for their membership website becomes a reality right before their eyes either in person working from our Sunshine Coast or Newcastle office or online – as we complete these membership web sites projects for clients around the world.
Our preferred system to develop a membership website on is WordPress. Our preferred plug in to install the membership component of the website is Buddy Press. BuddyPress helps site builders and WordPress developers add community features to their websites, with user profile fields, activity streams, messaging and more. BuddyPress is easy to use, and extensibility. It is built by contributors to WordPress.
Enable registered members to create profiles, have private conversations, make connections, create & interact in groups, and much more. Truly a social network in a box, BuddyPress helps you more easily build a home for your company, school, sports team, or other niche community.
For years website designers and website development companies have tackled membership websites in the same manner. Take a brief. Start the build. Send the client a link to review. Get feedback. Request content from the client. The membership website develops some more. But overall the process could easily take a few weeks, often a few months. And in the meantime you’re not online and you’re most certainly not selling.
Clients would get frustrated at how long it would take. Agencies would get frustrated at clients who didn’t supply the content and delayed the project. Clients would get upset about the membership website not looking like or doing what they had hoped for. Agencies would get frustrated about clients who kept moving the goal posts in terms of what they wanted.
Our membership website packages address all of these issues and more.
Our entire Membership website process is streamlined into four key stages:
1/ TAKE A BRIEF
2/ BUILD DAY
3/ GO LIVE
4/ HANDOVER & TRAINING
Using this simple 4 step method, The Creative Collective has developed hundreds of websites and have managed to fine-tune the process of a website build into two eight hour periods (830am – 430pm) for a Membership website featuring some core components. Working either along side our teams at our Sunshine Coast, Brisbane or Newcastle offices, OR on Skype (we’ve worked with clients all around the world many times over in this matter), alongside an allocated project manager, a lead web developer and a support web developer, you will be amazed at what can be achieved in just two days.
Using the world’s most popular website platform WordPress, which clients can easily self manage after handover, we lean on a variety of available plug ins integrating these with the website to achieve the clients desired functionality including whatever features and functionality have been agreed on during the briefing.
- Do you need a eCommerce website in a hurry?
- Do you have a set budget and can’t withstand budget blow outs?
- Do you need a mobile responsive eCommerce website?
- Do you want to build an eCommerce website on WordPress or Shopify?
- Do you have a set idea of what you want and just need an experienced eCommerce team that you can work with to bring your vision to life?
- Do you want to save on the back and forth on digital projects to get the job done with less fuss?
- Do you want to work with experienced professionals who know what they are doing?
Then yes, this is for you!
What sorts of features and functions can a membership website have?
BuddyPress has an ever-increasing array of extended features developed by an active and thriving plugin development community, with hundreds of free-and-open BuddyPress-compatible plugins available. Some features and functions past clients have engaged us for include:
- Installation of Buddy Press
- Installation of the Buddy Press Directory plug in
- Installation of WooCommerce or other ecommerce transaction portal so you can charge a membership fee monthly or annually
- Integrate Stripe or Paypal to accept funds
- Install vouchers function
- Link ecommerce to creating a user profile on BuddyPress so people can log on and use Forum & Directory.
- Style up the following Buddy Press pages in line with theme
- Initial site beta testing to ensure key functions are working as they should and making adjustments accordingly if there is time
- Invite select members to create profiles, post and populate the site and gain valuable feedback – identify any further issues and resolve.
- handover and training in the use of the website, including the members section so you can self-manage the site on handover
We have been known to build sites in this package as soon as the very next day. But subject to our production schedule, generally your ‘build’ day will be booked in within weeks from sign-off.
One of the biggest cost blow-outs in website development is the ongoing to and fro. By working along side you on the build day, we can keep the cost down due to cutting out the to and fro.
Don’t think for a minute that fast means compromising on design. Our portfolio will prove that the sites we build in just 1 day, are up there with some of our most beautiful work!
WATCH A VIDEO OF OUR FOUNDER YVETTE ADAMS TALKING ABOUT OUR EXPERIENCE AND APPROACH TO CREATING WEBSITES AT WORDCAMP – A WORDPRESS CONFERENCE
MEMBERSHIP WEBSITE CASE STUDY:
We are excited to have worked on the website for Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine, which is a group for entrepreneurial minded and business savvy women who love their wine! Features for the site include:
– The ability to become a member and connect with other Like Minded Bitches (female entrepreneurs) around the world – there are already 825 members signed up on the website within just 2 days of it launching!
– Find out about events happening in your city – currently over 10 cities around the world are available
– Be able to actually find and follow conversations
– List and review a directory of all the fabulous bitches
– The ability to message bitches directly
– Channels for following each others social media, calling out for support or even all our random questions.
Even better we provide discounts to people who are members of LMBDW for our services. So sign up now!
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INITIAL BRIEFING SESSION (1 HOUR)
Once we are engaged, and generally within the week if you are ready to go, we will schedule a one hour appointment which can be held in person or online via Skype or Google Hangout, where we will take the time to get to know you, your business objectives, target market, competitive landscape and desired outcomes for a new website. This session will allow us to hit the ground running and will provide you with a clean checklist of everything you will need to have organised so that everything can run as efficiently and effectively on the days of the Membership website development.
We will extract a brief of what you want your Membership website to look like and do, what pages it will have, what themes (look and feel) may be suitable and what you want to rank for on the search engines. We will discuss your hosting & domain selection and provide you assistance where required on any fronts. We will discuss your membership area, subscription levels, user roles and more.
We will then type our discussion up and provide you with a clear debrief post this session for you to approve, which will be the basis from which we will work on the day of development.
DAY 1 OF THE MEMBERSHIP WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT
Subject to our team’s availability and yours, we will schedule the first day to complete the Membership website. This day is generally dedicated to establishing the website’s look and feel, and all the static pages i.e. home, about us, contact us and any others required. First up on day 1 of the build, we will revisit the brief and introduce you to your web developers for the day. We will begin the development of the new Membership website straight after the briefing and work until mid morning or midday. At this point we will schedule a chat and show you how the website is shaping up. At this point it is already looking like a professional website with your brand, colour scheme and theme in place! At an opportune time we will take a short half hour lunch break and continue working until the website is completed, with regular checks with you in the afternoon to ensure we are on the right track and you are happy with your website is coming together. By 4pm – 5pm, the website is generally complete.
In short we are at your disposal for the entire duration of the day, so if a desired outcome is achieved prior to the 430pm deadline, we are happy to do whatever we can towards your business inside this time frame.
DAY 2 OF THE MEMBERSHIP WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT
On day 2 of the membership website development we will generally commence work on the Membership aspects of the website such as establishing the plug in or module you will use & any other associated Membership plug ins or add ons deemed to be required from the briefing session.
We will establish your log in page + Members Only landing page, install WooCommerce or other ecommerce transaction portal sso can charge a nominal fee for members to join the site, link to this creating a user profile on BuddyPress so people can log on and use Forum, tyle up the following Buddy Press pages in line with theme:
• User links
• Register new user
We will conduct beta testing to ensure key functions are working as they should and making adjustments accordingly. We would also recommend you invite select team or members to create profiles, post and populate the site and gain valuable feedback – identify any further issues and resolve them.
We will then integrate your chosen gateway i.e. eWay + merchant facility or Paypal or Stripe and run some test transactions to ensure once live the site will successfully transact funds. We will finish the day by finalising any last items which require it from Day 1 or 2.
TRAINING & HANDOVER
Once your new membership website is complete, we will arrange a 1-2 hour training and hand over session so you can learn how to create new content and products, amend existing content and products generally make the most of your new eCommerce website. There will be a lot you can do on your own membership website subject to your existing knowledge and how quickly you learn and adapt to the WordPress system from what we teach you in this session. We do recognise that sometimes you can have a change of mind and some tweaks may be required post the website development date that you identify during or soon after this training or handover, or simply items which are not basic edits which you do require assistance to complete. We’re happy to accommodate most requests, however please note that any hours post the development day will be at an additional charge of $120 + GST. We will quote you before starting work.
Some clients prefer to go live before their Training & Handover session, others only after this session and once they have had a chance to make some final edits. When you are ready to ‘go live’ you simply inform us, and we will then negotiate on desired timeframes and schedule this process in. This process takes us 2-4 hours to complete and includes us adding Google Analytics to your website + schedule reports, adding Google Webmaster Tools to the site, submitting your site to Google, adding search engine optimisation components to the site if you have engaged us for this (see packages).
We can also provide you with a number of further opportunities to help you get your website out there and grow your business upon going live if you wish, each comes with their own associated costs. These include:
OUR MEMBERSHIP WEBSITE PACKAGES
- Price indicated is in AUD (other currencies can be billed if arranged) and price is as quoted + GST
- Payment can be made upfront by clicking on the ‘SIGN ME UP’ options above, or by invoice by clicking on the ‘invoice me’ option above. A 50% deposit is required to commence live. The final 50% will be due prior to going live.
- See our legals for further information that may be relevant to this service
- TCC will work on the live domain where available or on a staging domain where one is not provided/confirmed. A domain (web address) on average will cost an additional $120 and can be purchased here.
- Client has to provide everything before the job begins (wording, images, videos, examples of websites they like etc, domain and hosting information before the job begins). We will provide a checklist post the briefing session.
- Client must be contactable in person, via phone, Skype or Google Hangout for a full day to give approvals/ provide input at different stages of the project
- TCC works to best practice methods and checks your site on most devices. Whilst we will ensure it’s responsive on popular devices, it cannot be checked on every type of smartphone available and results may differ slightly from device to device.
- If the scope changes, or hours exceed the above indications, you may incur additional fees at $120 + GST per hour.Once your build has been booked in, all cancellations for reschedule must be received at least 2 business days prior to the build or a cancellation fee of $250 + GST will apply as we are not always able to re-book other clients for this time
MEMBERSHIP WEBSITE CASE STUDY:
Allied Health Support Services was originally her husband’s idea but was brought to life by Sarena Jones, an Occupational Therapist on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. After returning to practice after three years of maternity leave, she didn’t feel confident, skilled, supported or happy! She didn’t have the resources or the time to travel to expensive courses, but desperately wanted to get up to date with the latest evidence, brush up on her clinical skills and feel confident again. She soon realised I wasn’t alone…
The vision for alliedhealthsupport.com is to provide accessible quality professional development, support, networking and opportunities, so allied health professionals everywhere can feel connected while maintaining their registration and skills.
Allied Health Support Services have a special interest in practitioners that may be experiencing difficulties due to being on leave, returning from leave, geographical or clinical isolation, needing clinical or professional support and of course, being seriously time poor! If you are an allied health professional looking to contribute in some way, seeking casual employment, or have specific needs or requirements, get in touch via the website!
Please see below some samples of our Membership website projects. As you can see we have worked with a wide range of industries.
Our Happy Website Clients
“The bounce rate of our website is down to 7% since January this year. Since March 1 it is even better: 1.6%. A great testimony to your work on redesigning the pages. Well done!”
“What a crew, friendly and smart, just like my wife easy to get along with and get the job done so professionally. Thank you all.”
“Would like to thank you again for our website everyone who has seen it have been saying how good it looks. Kind Regards, Alice.”
“If the concept wasn’t enough, the marketing has blown me away. I’ve received an enormous amount of positive feedback from all genders, young and old who all comment on the name/design The Creative Collective came up with for me. I love driving around in my Brew Captain branded vehicle and handing out the professionally designed marketing items. This is my first time in business for myself and everything from start to finish was very simple, and easy working with these guys. It was a real pleasure and we’ll continue to use them as the business grows from a one man show to hopefully a full franchise.”
“I am so thrilled with what this company can do in a day. It has been such a breeze working with them and they have made everything really easy and simple. I have unsuccessfully tried previously to get my websites up and running and I finally have a stunning website and branding. Couldn’t recommend you guys enough! 10/10!”
“Could not recommend this amazing company enough. I have had all of my branding + my website done by the team at Creative Collective and am so happy and impressed by the attention to detail, professionalism, patience (I am extremely fussy) and care shown by each and every staff member I dealt with. 1 year on I am still constantly receiving compliments from my clients on my beautiful logo and website. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the team at Creative Collective I am so happy with everything you have done for me and my business. Special shout out to Bronte who continues to go above and beyond!”
“I always felt like i was in good hands with Kat and the other members of the team that helped me. Kat is expert at coming up with fabulous ideas and was really helpful in bring about the vision I had in a grounded and innovative way. Thanks Kat!”
Recently I needed something done quickly as I was about to launch a campaign to my 3000 subscribers. It was a technical issue on my website and I need a developer to understand what I needed done pronto. Anyway Mel and Arvind delivered quickly and on time. Well done guys!
I’m a small business owner and have been working with The Creative Collective for over 18 months now. Over this time, with there expert advice on all things marketing, they’ve helped grow my business from humble beginnings to something to be proud of. I hate think we’re I’d be without Kat and her team of tech heads! 100% recommendation for any business new or old!
I’d like to take the time to pass on a big thank you to Tamara, Arvind & Alan.This process has been seamless and very enjoyable. Your organisation & communication has been impeccable, and this has made the journey pleasant. I have no hesitation in working with you again and will certainly be passing along recommendations wherever possible.
Thank very much Arvind, you’ve been a delight to work with and appreciate your advice and patience as we worked through it all. I was very excited last night to be adding all the lovely colourful artworks!
We engaged the Creative Collective for a website refresh on our tired online presence. The team were professional, clear, technically proficient, helpful and also provided timely guidance on how to get the most out of our project. I will be using their services again and thoroughly recommend engaging the Creative Collective team for your website / marketing needs.