Integrating WordPress and CCBill is usually one of the first thing you’re thinking about, before creating an adult membership website using wordpress. There are number of wordpress membership plugins out there, but only a handfull integrate WordPress with CCBill out of the box, therefore, if you are not a programmer, you do need to rely on reviews and go through the hoops of trial and error. I have always loved the idea of wordpress and the ease of updates, but the integration with CCBill was holding me back few months, while I was doing my research.
And even though, I have done my research, read reviews, I have still made a huge mistake. Therefore, before I get into this article, let me start with this message: Do not use Magic Members plugin! I wrote an article about this horrible plugin, you can read it here: Magic Members plugin review.
Now, when I got that off my chest, let’s get back to WordPress and CCBill integration. While my sites were running Magic Members plugin, I had to look for a better, reliable solution and get away from Magic Members asap, to save what was left of my unhappy members. I’ve stumbled upon AMember Pro, a membership software. I’ve looked over the main functions, payment processors integrated with the software, I saw CCBill and other hi-risk merchants on the list and I have decided to contact them with bunch of pre-sale questions. Even though, amember.com do have an extensive forum, where you can find answer to pretty much everything around AMember Pro membership software, because my sites are somewhat unique, in a way, that I usually run an adult or glamour content membership websites, I do like to talk to them one on one, instead of using a forum.
My main questions were about the installation of the membership software on my membership website, integrating existing members into the database. All I was looking for, was a program, software or plugin to integrate WordPress with CCBill. AMember runs their business professionally. I have always gotten an answer to all my questions within a reasonable time. I never had to wait more than 24 hours. They do have daily and the times are on their site. If you contact them within the time they’re open, they usually respond right away. I have had one meeting with them over a SKYPE as well. They are seriously on top of it and they do care enough, to answer all your questions.
Just to clear the air, AMember Pro is not actually WordPress plugin. It is a stand alone membership software which fully integrates with WordPress.
From AMember Pro website:
Our free add-on for WordPress allows you to manage protection from inside of WordPress. It has never been so easy to make paid pages in your WordPress membership website.
When you place your order on AMember Pro website, you can have them set up your membership website without any additional fees. Once AMember Pro staff installs your licensed AMember membership software on your server, you are ready to start setting up your membership levels and WordPress CCBill integration. I’m not going to describe every single detail here, it’s very straightforward process, AMember admin is as friendly as WordPress admin. I had everything set up within few hours and ever since, I’m a happy customer and this review is a way of me saying Thank you to Alex and Vladimir from AMember for creating such a great membership software. Oh, yes, it does cost money, it’s not free, however it’s well worth the price. As a wise man once said: You have to spend money to make money.
And what made me really happy? It was when I was finally able to DELETE MAGIC MEMBERS PLUGIN from my sites. No more heavy weight on WordPress database, not more site down, no more “user can not log in” even though they have active and valid subscription, which by the way they paid for, no more blank screens. NO MORE MAGIC MEMBERS. Please spread the word! They have many fake reviews, business like Magic Members should not be in business, we webmasters can do without them.
If you’d like to purchase AMember Pro, here is the link, you can mention Matt, from Periscope Media, cheers!
This review is based solely on my experience. Our sites are set up using AMember Pro and there are no membership issues since AMember is in charge. I have AMember set up to manage memberships processed with CCBill, PayPal and Verotel all on one page. There are really no limitations as to how many ways you can get paid and most importantly, as we “mac” people like to say … it all just works!