The first thing I had to was restore my test site back to a pristine installation. Basically this meant deactivating any other plugins and removing any pages they had installed. Done.
Next, I needed to add and install the WP-Members Plugin.
I noticed that this plugin has 70K installations, up from the 70K claimed by Simple Membership.
WP-Members did not add any new pages. Instead, it added a new choice under the General Settings tab of the WordPress Dashboard:
I did find where it added a widget, which I dragged to the top of the sidebar.
Link: WordPress.org Plug-in Description for WP-Members
I notice that the widget, when added to the theme, has an option to "redirect."
At this point, I am assuming that this is where the visitor goes after logging in.
Eureka! The new user form NOW asks for street address and phone number. In fact, by default, this information is required!
With the widget in place, and a new user created, I logged in. Then logged out. My status was shown each time.
Next, I visited the RocketGeek home page, and found that the developer (Chad Butler) has some recommended settings for WordPress:
- Uncheck "Anyone Can Register"
- Change Full Text to Summary for each Article in a feed
- Check "Users must be registered and logged in to comment"
- Change PermaLinks to anything else other than what's set as default
Chad has produced three really good videos:
I had to create a support ticket to confirm that if a member pays through the PayPal connection through the PayPal add-on that upgrading the member is automatic. There is also the capability to manually change each user's access to reflect their account status.
Link: WP-Members Documentation at RocketGeek.com
Now it's time to read more documentation, and then actually implement it on a site....