New Membership Site Progress Update

Last Update: December 16, 2019

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Well, I have been hard at work on my new membership site and I think I have it all ready to go except for setting up my mailing list back-end. My new membership site offers the following features:

  • Live Chat - Not only can my members chat in a group room (much like WA's offering) but they can also private chat, member to member, and even video chat one-on-one!
  • Forums - My site is about angel investing and sharing information. To that end I've setup forums as the primary information sharing medium.
  • Social Networking - Members can set up groups, friend other members, see each other's activity, publicly and privately message each other and more.
  • Events - Members will be able to create events and have other members register for them, etc.
  • Blogging - I'll be writing posts to cover angel investing education and provide reviews, etc.

I've also added features I think will make the site more user-friendly:

  • Membership Management - All users need to register for an account. By doing so, all their activity and posts will be associated with their account and display their username and profile image.
  • Social Registration and Login Capabilities - Users have the option of setting up an account manually or they can register and login using one of their existing social network accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn.
  • Contextual Sidebars and Widgets - I restrict sidebar displays based on several factors; is the member logged in, what feature of the platform are they on, etc. By doing this I'm able to prevent the sidebars from showing up at all if a non-member or member who is not logged in views the site and I'll show either the left or right sidebar, with related widgets, based on what page the member is on.

As you can tell, I'm pretty excited about it and I just need to get my mailing list setup all figured out.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the site in general. If you're willing, check it out at https://angelpowwow.com and let me know what you think.

Thanks again,

Scott

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MarionBlack Premium
I'm interested in learning which plugins you're using for your membership site, Scott. I've recently revamped an old website of mine into a membership site and I'm just about ready to switch over to automatic paid monthly subscriptions.
http://freeandcheapebooks.com
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merlynmac Premium
Hi Marion,
The tool I'm using for the membership portion is called Restrict Content Pro. Now I have several other plugins for the forums, social media stuff (groups, friends, direct messaging), and so on but the content access control is Restrict Content Pro.
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Wellbeing38 Premium
Live the attention to detail and effort you have put into this and look forward to your success and maybe the odd tip or two😜.
Angel investing, if you get it right can be fabulous and good luck to you.
Trevor
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merlynmac Premium
Thanks man. Check out the forums for some deals I've invested in myself.
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Wellbeing38 Premium
PM me the forums
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merlynmac Premium
Sending the link to you now...
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EdwinBernard Premium
Hi Scott,
Your site sounds amazing. I'll be checking it out. May I ask how do you earn income from providing this service? I wish you much success with it.
Edwin
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merlynmac Premium
My intent is to build the community and then offer monthly membership levels. Right now, it's free.
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AffMktgRt Premium
Great platform Scott, I have already joined it as a member.

Blessings!
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szeeman Premium
Great stuff! Congrats! But in short - what is angel investing?
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merlynmac Premium
Think of it as investing in companies at the very start of their journey. This is a time when they're still developing their offering and are either financing them on their own or via family and friends, etc. Basically, before they'd be ready for other forms of financing like a business loan or going for an IPO, etc.

I actually wrote a bit more about it here:
https://angelpowwow.com/what-is-angel-investing/
and here:
https://smallonlinebiz.com/whats-an-angel-investor
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szeeman Premium
I see like snapchat maybe that no one probs would have thought in beginning would take off as it did.
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