How To Build A Fully Automated Drip Membership Site in WordPress

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Here's the dream:

You create your courses and set up your WordPress membership site. You integrate it with your email marketing system Drip, so you can still use the same tags and email automation software as before.

Then, you just kick back and watch as the membership site sells itself and keeps your students engaged like a well-oiled machine…

Sounds like a pipe dream, right?

It's not.

Whether you're offering online courses, products, a social network, or any variety of resources inside your membership site, you can absolutely automate the whole thing, using just two tools: AccessAlly Pro and Drip.

What Does An Automated Drip Membership Site In WordPress Look Like?

Let's talk specifics:

A fully-automated Drip membership site built on WordPress requires a deep, complex integration with the membership plugin, AccessAlly Pro. The two pieces of software communicate with each other frequently, passing key tagging information to kickstart automations and add (or revoke) permissions for individual subscribers.

In order for the process to work, a Drip membership site built on WordPress with AccessAlly Pro uses the following elements:

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Protected Content

A membership site restricts content, only allowing certain logged-in users to access it.

Drip and AccessAlly Pro work together to protect your course content and allow your paid subscribers to view the material they purchased.

Automated Access Based On Purchases or Opt-ins

There's no need for you to manually create usernames and passwords each time someone purchases a subscription to your membership site. With its' Drip membership integration, AccessAlly Pro includes sales forms that will automatically add the right permission tags to a subscriber, so they can access the course material the minute their purchase goes through.

Interactive Dashboard

If you're selling each course separately inside your membership site, an interactive dashboard will help to organize the courses and provide a natural upsell opportunity. This upsell strategy is known as the Login Optin™ Strategy. Learn more about it here.

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A Fabulous Design That's Easy To Navigate

When you're selling a membership site, you're not just selling content. You're selling an experience. This is where the WordPress membership site theme you choose can actually make or break the success of your offer.

Standalone or Drip-Fed Courses

Are you going to release your course content all at once, or slowly “drip” a lesson at a time? The Drip membership site you build with AccessAlly Pro can include either/or/both types.

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LMS Features To Keep Subscribers Engaged

After putting all that work into creating your membership site and selling it, you don't want subscribers to drop off from frustration, overwhelm, or simply because they “forgot”.

Organic Upsell Opportunities Built In Throughout the Site

A Drip membership site built with AccessAlly Pro can house one course or many. You can use automated opportunity points throughout the site to create unique upsell and cross-sell opportunities for members.

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The Short List Of Tools You'll Need To Build Your Drip Membership Site on WordPress

To build your Drip membership site in WordPress, you'll need three tools:

  • A Subscription To Drip
  • A Subscription To AccessAlly Pro, a WordPress plugin – $79
  • A WordPress website

How An Automated Drip Membership Site Works

Drip and AccessAlly Pro maintain a deep, two-way integration to provide the power and automation for your membership site.

Very generally put, each tool has its own role to play:

AccessAlly Pro limits access to your membership site, helps you create the courses, and includes some neat gamification features (quizzes or homework notes, anyone?) for your subscribers.

Drip powers the automation itself: emails, applying/removing permission tags for each user, and any automation behind a stage-release course, for example.

But the two systems communicate throughout:


Someone purchases a subscription to your membership site via an AccessAlly sales form. AccessAlly adds a tag to this user, and passes the information on to Drip.

Inside Drip, a workflow is set up to ask AccessAlly to create a new username and password, then send an automated email to the new subscriber with their unique login information.

The first time they log in, AccessAlly adds another tag and communicates with Drip so that a second email is sent, congratulating the new subscriber and asking if they need any help…


Yes, there is a learning curve associated with totally automating a complex ecosystem like a Drip membership site. Fortunately, AccessAlly Pro comes with step by step video tutorials to walk you through the entire process.

Making Your Investment Work

The price tag associated with investing in a robust, fully automated membership site can be daunting.

But this is definitely a case where investing at a higher level can make or break your membership site endeavor.

If a membership site is truly the next step for your business, then using a plugin (AccessAlly Pro) that integrates with software you already have (Drip) is a solid choice.

With these two tools, you can truly automate the entire site (using those same Drip tags and workflows that you use in your email automations), lifting a lot of the stress and burden from your shoulders. And since the dirty work is taken care of (after that initial setup!), you are freed up to work in your own zone of genius… or just sit back and take a much-needed break.

Grow Your Drip Membership Site with an Integrated Affiliate Functionality

Now AccessAlly also offers a Drip affiliate integration, so you can start to build your own referral network of affiliates.

This helps you reach more potential membership site customers, while expanding your reach. You don't need anything other than AccessAlly and Drip to start earning more by offering an incentive for affiliates to promote your Drip membership site!

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