[Tutorial] How to Create Membership Plans in LearnPress
June 14, 2017 at 3:38 PM #164597
Nguyen Duc TungKeymaster
As an education organization, you may want to charge your students monthly instead of charging via courses.
In LearnPress, we have developed the Paid Membership Pro integration with LearnPress so that you can create membership plans for your students. This makes your pricing methods a lot more flexible. You can let your students pay per course, or pay by month (or a given period of time of your choice) or both, with a different recurring fees.
Here is how Membership looks like in real life site with Education WordPress Theme – Education WP.
Let’s take a look on how to create membership plans and integrate it into your sites using Paid Membership Pro with LearnPress
1. Install the Plugin.
If you are using our education WordPress themes, Paid Membership Pro for LearnPress is already included in the package.
In case you need to install Paid Membership Pro, you can go to your WordPress admin > Plugins > Add New > Search for Paid Membership Pro, install and activate the plugin:
Before that, please make sure you installed WooCommerce Addon for LearnPress for the best experience. You can read about how to install and use WooCommerce for LearnPress by referring to this article.:
2. The first thing to do is to create membership plans.
Please go to your WP-Admin > Memberships > Membership Levels
From here, you will see a notice that tells you to “Add a membership level to get started“. You can click on the notice or just click on Add new level.
Let’s say we will have a Free plan and a Premium plan.
From the Add New Membership Level page, you will need to fill in the Name (For example, “Free”), Description or Confirmation message
Also, in Billing Details, Initial Payment is the initial amount of money that user has to pay at registration. For Free plan, you can set the initial payment of $0
There’s a Recurring subscription option that if you check this option, you will open up many more complex pricing options like pay every month, day, etc, or even Trial payment with trial billing amount
In other settings, you can also disable new sign ups, or set an expiration date for the membership setting.
It’s pretty flexible.
Since we are setting membership plans for courses, there’s no need to check the categories option. Just Save Level and add another level for Premium.
Setup membership pages
After creating levels, you can see from the membership levels page the list of levels you have made. From there, you will also see a notice that you need to set up membership pages.
Just click on it and from there, you will see the list of pages that are needed for the membership feature to work. Without setting these pages, the work flow and the function will not work properly.
Normally, you will have to create pages and assign them to the correct title. However, luckily you can just let the plugin do the hard work for you by clicking on “Click here to let us generate them for you“. It will generate all needed pages for membership plans.
The next step is to activate LearnPress Paid Membership Pro add-on.
*Note, sometimes, you will need to download the membership plugin from our site – thimpress.com for it to work.
Normally, if you use our theme, the add-on is already included and setup. If not, you will need to go here to download and install LearnPress Paid Membership Pro. It also goes with the bundle add-on so you can buy our theme and get it from the bundle add-on.
Please go to LearnPress > Settings > Membership.
There will be an option of “Always buy the course through membership”. If you only wish to let all your student access your courses using membership plans, you can uncheck that. If it is checked, the “Button buy course” will disappear and your students only can access course if they have bought a membership plan.
Finally, we will need to assign courses to membership plans: When you go to a course’s setting, reach through Course Memberships tab and select the corresponding membership levels
Here’s how your student will see in real life
- Visiting course – Buy Membership Button
- Clicking on Buy Membership – Membership plan pages
- Purchase, confirm
- Come back to the course – Course is registered and student can access to course’s content
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- Visiting course – Buy Membership Button
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