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Choosing the best membership software and tools

Building membership websites can be a breeze with the right software, or it can be a long-slog through membership plugins without it. In the fourth chapter of this guide, we look at the tools you can use to create a membership website, including all-in-one solutions, and the different features creators need to make the most of their membership programs.

Before we get into  membership software recommendations , it’s important to understand that this is probably the LEAST important section of this guide.

There are plenty of tools out there, and if you follow the strategies and advice above, you’ll set yourself up for success with almost any tool.

So if you’re already using a tool that like, keep using it!

And if you’re not yet setup on a software platform, we suggest committing to picking one without getting analysis paralysis so that you can move on to growing your membership.

The guide below is designed to make your decision as easy as possible.

The best tools for building your membership depend on  what features you need .

The good news is that creating a membership is MUCH easier than it used to be, and you don’t need to be tech-savvy to do it.

In the past, creators would need to wire up a whole series of apps and  plugins to run their membership websites , like:

  • Content management systems

  • Content protection plugins (for password protection)

  • Web hosting platforms

  • Sales page generators

  • Email management tools

  • Shopping cart widgets

  • Subscription billing software

It was enough to make any creator break out in a nervous sweat.

Today, there’s a single platform that does all of this for you, with a simple, creator-friendly design that will make building your membership easy.

We know, because we built it 😏

Membership posts on Podia

Podia’s community platform makes it easy to:

  • Build an online community with custom topics

  • Create and publish your membership content

  • Keep in touch with your members with email marketing

  • Offer free and paid membership tiers and monthly/annual billing options

  • Bundle your other Podia products (like courses and digital downloads) with your membership

  • Schedule live events like webinars and group coaching sessions

We’re obviously biased, but our 150,000+ other creators aren't. Check out why they chose Podia and why you should, too .

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For a deeper dive on the most popular community and membership platforms for creators,  compare the platforms here  or check out our  community platform buyer's guide .

Next chapter

Marketing and maintaining your membership website

Once you’ve chosen membership management software that works for your business, the last step to starting a membership website is to launch and settle in for the marketing long-haul. In this final chapter, we survey the do’s and don’ts of marketing your membership program, as well as look at strategies for reaching new customers and keeping current members happy.

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