Honestly, I think that sums up the majority of paid memberships - but lets assume your forum is dedicated to graphics design: the paid membership option can grant access to licensed graphics, discounted rates from the graphics designers, tutorials for using various graphics design tools; the list could go on. I would see such a membership option being more successful than one which is there just for the sake of being there, which I think most are.
... at the end of the day all of the membership options I listed for the graphics design forum can be found elsewhere for free.
I encountered boards that were not about information in the first place, but (simply said) about downloads. Registration was needed to see more forums than guests, or to see actual download links (instead of "you have to register to view this" placeholders). And then a paid membership gives access to even more exclusive downloads. So far I never paid in any board to get more access, but I understand why paying is a thing people will do.david63 wrote: ↑Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:20 amI have difficulty in understanding the concept of why anybody would pay, in some cases, to access data that they have no knowledge of what is there but more so for data that can be found for free elsewhere on the Internet. In my experience there is very little, if any, information that is totally unique to one particular site on the Internet - the same information can usually, perhaps with a bit of effort, be found elsewhere.
I never understood what the feature must provide - after all you can check for a payment and then assign another group to the user - that's all. That way I can even set up multiple "products" (i.e. different forums and groups, all based on what and how much was paid). Advertizing where to pay and how can be done thru a post as well. Can you guys enlighten me what's missing in a fresh installation?
As i see it, nothing is missing + extra can be done by expanding auto groups and using one of those paypal extensions. Only thing that is left is creativity (how, what, when and so on).
Yes, but having payments and group changes be automatic is doubly good for admins. Less time checking and rechecking payments and assigning groups, less time reading pms about "when will I receive my membership???!"
Could be integrated with autogroups based on a date
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