Chapter 4

Choosing the best membership software and tools

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:

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 😏

Podia’s membership platform makes it easy to:

We’re obviously biased, but here are just a few of the things that our membership creators — like the ones showcased in this guide — say about Podia:

See how other creators are using Podia to sell memberships.

Becky Mollenkamp

“Podia solves all of my selling needs by letting me house courses, memberships, and downloads all in one place. Plus, the customer service is second to none."

Podia is free to try for 14 days, and you can sign up for your free trial here. You can also run the numbers and project your profits with Podia over this-a-way.

That said, there are a few cases where Podia might not be the best fit for you.

Some examples are below, along with the alternatives we recommend:

For a deeper dive on the membership site platforms out there, compare the platforms here or check out our membership platform buyer's guide.

In the next chapter

Chapter 5: 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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