Recommended Plugins and Themes

David Bullock — 

Plugins add functionality to your website – here are the ones we often use and recommend:

Themes

Almost all themes work with Memberium. The exceptions are themes that have their own content protection system built in that can’t be disabled. Below, we’ve listed some of the popular themes that we see customers using, along with a brief blurb on each from their sites.

A note on using drag-and-drop themes or page composers: Not all design elements in themes support shortcodes. Many drag-and-drop themes include some kind of “raw” or “code” block, and typically these blocks are designed for unprocessed output. Generally text or content blocks support shortcodes, and code or raw blocks should be avoided. An example of this would be Avada’s code block element type.

Less obvious is that some elements simply can’t contain other shortcodes because of the way that they were coded by their authors. For example in Visual Composer, the Header block doesn’t support shortcodes, and any shortcodes placed into the header blocks will be rewritten so that they are no longer shortcodes.

Pro Tip
Use any theme you wish.
Avoid using code or raw blocks with shortcodes.

Astra
We recommend and use the Astra theme on some of our own sites. You may be familiar with the theme if you’ve installed our page templates since we use this theme as the base for the Elementor page templates.
https://wpastra.com
https://memberium.com/24-membership-site-page-examples/

Divi by Elegant Themes

Design is our art and our passion. Our goal is to create the best WordPress Themes with a pixel-perfect eye for detail and a high standard for aesthetic excellence. Let us help you make your website simple, beautiful and professional. Our plethora of Shortcodes, Page Templates and Theme Options give you full control over your website. Manage your site like never before by using the countless powerful features that come packaged with all of our themes.
http://www.elegantthemes.com/

Beaver Builder
Easily build responsive WordPress websites without touching a line of code. Use Beaver Builder’s page builder plugin to quickly build pages with any theme. Or, use it with our framework theme for the perfect balance of power and simplicity.
https://www.wpbeaverbuilder.com/

Thrive Themes
Themes and plugins, built from the ground up to make your entire website convert more of your visitors into subscribers, customers and clients!​
https://thrivethemes.com/

Theme Forest
Massive selection of custom WordPress themes.
http://themeforest.net/

Plugins

BadgeOS
BadgeOS™ turns your WordPress site into an achievement, badging and engagement management system. Your users complete steps, demonstrate skills and knowledge, and earn digital badges. Easily define the achievements, organize the badge requirements any way you like, and choose from and combine a range of assessment options to determine whether each task or requirement has been achieved.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/badgeos/

BBPress
Have you ever been frustrated with forum or bulletin board software that was slow, bloated and always got your server hacked? bbPress is focused on ease of integration, ease of use, web standards, and speed.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/bbpress/

BuddyPress
BuddyPress is a suite of components that are common to a typical social network, and allows for great add-on features through WordPress’s extensive plugin system.  Enable registered members to create profiles, have private conversations, make connections, create & interact in groups, and much more. Truly a social network in a box, BuddyPress helps you more easily build a home for your company, school, sports team, or other niche community.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/buddypress/

CMS Tree View
Adds a CMS-like tree overview of all your pages and custom posts to WordPress – much like the view often found in a page-focused CMS.  Within this tree you can edit pages, view pages, add pages, search pages, and drag and drop pages to rearrange the order.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/cms-tree-page-view/

Conditional Widgets
This plugin adds a form to each widget on the Widgets panel which allows users to choose which pages and/or categories the widget is either displayed on or hidden from.  For each widget, you can choose criteria to either SHOW or HIDE the widget, based on a number of categories. The interface is quite intuitive, and requires no knowledge of php or conditional tags.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/conditional-widgets/

Disable Comments
This plugin allows administrators to globally disable comments on any post type (posts, pages, attachments, etc.) so that these settings cannot be overridden for individual posts. It also removes all comment-related fields from edit and quick-edit screens. On multisite installations, it can be used to disable comments on the entire network.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/disable-comments/

Duplicate Post
This plugin allows to clone a post or page, or edit it as a new draft. If you find this useful, please consider donating whatever sum you choose, even just 10 cents. It’s been downloaded thousands of times: just a few cents from every user would help me develop the plugin and improve support.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicate-post/

GeoIP Detection
Provides geographic information detected by an IP address. This can be used in themes or other plugins, as a shortcode, or via CSS body classes. The city & country names are translated in different languages (supported languages).
https://wordpress.org/plugins/geoip-detect/

Google Analytics by Yoast
The Google Analytics by Yoast plugin for WordPress allows you to track your blog easily and always stays up to date with the newest features in Google Analytics.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/

Gravity Forms
Allows you to easily create forms, view and edit entries within WordPress, receive email notifications, and export form entries to Excel. You can even configure it to let your users create blog posts from the front-end.
http://www.gravityforms.com/

Gravity Forms Infusionsoft Add-On
Easily add contacts into Infusionsoft when users submit a Gravity Forms form.  Map your Gravity Forms form fields to Infusionsoft data, and have contacts automatically updated if the contact already exists.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/infusionsoft/

Menu Items Visibility Control
Using this plugin you can use WordPress Conditional Tags to enable or disable menu items on the front-end. It works like ‘Widget Logic’ but for menu items.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/menu-items-visibility-control/

Ninja Forms
Ninja Forms is the ultimate FREE form creation solution for WordPress. Build WordPress Forms within minutes using Ninja Forms powerful forms creation page. It allows you to easily and quickly design complex forms through a drag and drop interface and absolutely no code. But for you developers it has a ton of hooks and filters so you can do absolutely anything with this powerful form building framework.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/ninja-forms/

User Role Editor
With User Role Editor WordPress plugin you can change user role (except Administrator) capabilities easy, with a few clicks. Just turn on check boxes of capabilities you wish to add to the selected role and click “Update” button to save your changes. That’s done. Add new roles and customize its capabilities according to your needs, from scratch of as a copy of other existing role. Unnecessary self-made role can be deleted if there are no users whom such role is assigned. Role assigned every new created user by default may be changed too. Capabilities could be assigned on per user basis. Multiple roles could be assigned to user simultaneously. You can add new capabilities and remove unnecessary capabilities which could be left from uninstalled plugins. Multi-site support is provided.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/user-role-editor/

Widget Logic
This plugin gives every widget an extra control field called “Widget logic” that lets you control the pages that the widget will appear on. The text field lets you use WP’s Conditional Tags, or any general PHP code.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/widget-logic/

WP Execution Plan
Create Online Courses and Execution Plans at MouseClickSpeed and deliver them to your Audience directly from your WordPress Powered Website with this New Plugin.
http://codestore.codeiscode.com/wpep/

WP Post to PDF Enhanced
WP Post to PDF Enhanced renders posts & pages as downloadable PDFs for archiving and/or printing. Configuration options are available for the presentation and placement of the PDF link/icon in the article, custom header image, included/excluded posts/pages, fonts for various sections (header, footer, article, etc.), caching of previously-rendered PDFs, and much more. It is possible to limit access to PDFs to registered users or present the link/icon to all visitors. WP Post to PDF Enhanced is completely self-contained, and does not rely on any third party to render PDFs; does not require any additional plugins, either.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-post-to-pdf-enhanced/

Zia3-JS-CSS
A WordPress Plugin for easily defining additional CSS and JavaScript (inline and/or by URL) to be added to any page or post individually.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/zia3-css-js/

Raw HTML
Lets you disable automatic formatting like smart quotes and automatic paragraph creation, and use raw HTML/JS/CSS code in your posts without WordPress messing it up.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/raw-html/

LearnDash
Finally, a featured-packed LMS without all of the clunky set-up. Easily create and sell courses, deliver quizzes, award certificates, and download user reports.
http://www.learndash.com/

Ultimate Member
Ultimate Member is a powerful and flexible plugin that makes it a breeze for users to sign-up and become members. The plugin allows you to add beautiful user profiles to your site and is perfect for creating advanced online communities. Lightweight and highly extendible, Ultimate Member will enable you to create almost any type of site where users can join and become members with absolute ease.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-member/

Yoast SEO
WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO, this was true when Joost wrote his original WordPress SEO article in 2008 (and updated every few months) and it’s still true today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve it further! This plugin is written from the ground up by Joost de Valk and his team at Yoast to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. While this WordPress SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, more on that below, it first and foremost helps you write better content. WordPress SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/

Services

Google Docs
We use Google Docs to store and collaborate on documents that we use and update often.

Slack
We use Slack as our private internal messaging platform in the office. You can share files and create private channels.

Vimeo Pro

Zendesk
We use Zendesk to manage customer service both through email and phone.

Zoom
We use Zoom meetings for meeting internally and for hosting our office hours webinars.

Software

Camtasia
We use Camtasia to record and edit our tutorial videos. We highly recommend Camtasia for it’s ease of use and performance.

HandBrake
We use Handbrake to compress video and convert video from nearly any format into a format we can use.

Jing/Snagit
For short form screencast video we use Jing. You can turn it on, shoot a quick screencast video and shoot a link to a colleague or customer where they can view the video.

Transmit
For Mac users we recommend Transmit for FTP, SFTP and to manage files on Amazon S3.

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