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Hosting Your Courses and Membership Site
We highly recommend and personally use Web Active. Your WordPress based LMS Platform requires special consideration when it comes to hosting. You want to make sure you find a host that does not overload their servers, and better yet, to find a host that gives you dedicated resources and doesn’t cache your membership site. You will never have issues with failing webhooks, or cached pages as you get 100% dedicated resources for your LMS site. Plus, migrations are free!
WP Engine is a great WordPress specific host, where a lot of the technical stuff is managed for you. They also have great security, and a lower chance of having your website hacked into. They’re a great membership site host option, as well as a main website host. No need to be a tech wizard, and they have incredible support staff, too!
Kinsta is another great high-end WordPress specific hosting option that handle a lot of the security and technical aspects of hosting your site. It makes for a great main website or membership site host, and they offer comparable plans to WP Engine.
WordPress Themes and Builders
This is our go-to WordPress builder plugin. We highly recommend checking out BricksBuilder. It makes editing lots of content easy and is one of the best that we’ve used. It’s sure to help you create beautiful pages in no time.
If you’re looking for a fast but simple theme to underpin your website or membership site, then Astra is an amazing choice. It pairs well with both Beaver Builder and Elementor, and it handles all of the basics that you might expect from a theme without the bloat.
Beaver Builder allows you to easily design pretty much any layout you can imagine using drag and drop rows and blocks. We use it to run many of our membership sites and more.
This is another popular WordPress design builder plugin, which is much loved and highly intuitive, too. It’s worth checking out because they have both a free and paid version, so if it “clicks” with how you prefer to design, it’s amazing.
This is a theme framework that is also very popular, and again comes down to preference in terms of how you like to design.
Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder
Ultimate Addons makes designing really fancy stuff a breeze. You don’t need to know how to code to set up beautiful things like testimonial boxes, accordeons, fancy menus, etc.
Opt-Ins, Landing Pages, and Popup Builders
Finally, the popup dilemma is over! If you’ve heard that popups increase conversions but haven’t wanted to alienate and annoy your visitors, then this is for you. We’ve build this premium WordPress theme from the ground up with conscious business owners like you in mind: it’s elegant, polite, and it helps you build your list faster, too!
If you want to create simple and beautiful opt-in pages and sales pages, this is the system to do it just 5-10 minutes. I’ve been using LeadPages to create webinar invitations, opt-in pages, and thank you pages in my business and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s great especially if you’re not techy but you like things to look professional!
Email Marketing Automation
If we had to pick an email marketing platform that wins in the “best across the board” category, it would probably be Ontraport. It’s robust, it can handle a lot of things including built-in ecommerce… but it does come with a little added complexity, too.
ActiveCampaign is an all-in-one CRM and email marketing platform comes at a pretty affordable price point. It’s extremely easy to set up and use, while still retaining the ability to perform the more complex functions like automated tagging and email sequences.
Video and Photo Editing
The look of your website and promotional materials makes a difference. If you’re not a designer, you’ll love this easy-to-use, drag-and-drop design website. It’s free (though there are paid elements that you can take advantage of as well), and contains templates that you can customize to fit your needs. The other thing we really like about Canva is that their templates come in various sizes, like Facebook covers, Pinterest images, and blog header graphics, just to name a few. No more guessing with sizes – it’s all there!
Communication and Information Management
A superlative video conferencing tool that excels in delivering crisp communication. With easy screen-sharing and robust security, it’s perfect for meetings and webinars alike. Tech-savvy or not, Zoom’s support is top-notch.
We feel like Slack needs no introduction, but it’s a tool we use on a daily basis with our team. One thing that makes it useful is to have different channels for different topics, and also to be able to mute notifications when you don’t want to be interrupted during focused tasks.
ClickUp is a great tool for managing and organizing tasks! What sets it apart from other project management tools is its ability to tailor the interface to your specific needs.
We’ve been using 1Password personally for years, and with the introduction of their team feature… you’re able to keep all your passwords secure, come up with new ones for each service, and just have to remember the main password. The same goes for managing logins and passwords, and who has access via just one simple tool. They also have mobile apps!
Other Tools the AccessAlly Team Uses
Fathom Analytics is a great Google Analytics alternative because it is focused on protecting visitors’ privacy, does not collect any personally identifiable information about your website visitors, and does not bog down loading times, leading to faster websites.
Google Analytics is a robust tracking and metrics tool for sales data. If you like to see all of the specifics about where your visitors are coming from and the path they take before buying, this is the tool for you.
We’ve been using this program since it first came out, and it’s one of the few pieces of software that we have open 80% of the time. It’s where we write many video scripts, sales letters and emails, and books. It’s great to help you map out sequences of emails, and keep track of a ton of research all in one place. It’s also pretty minimal, with a lot of functionality under the hood.