Membership Site Recommendation

I have an opportunity to create a website for the local chamber of commerce. There are a range of ideas as to what could be on the site, but a consensus seems to be that chamber members would have their own personal business page.

On this page they would put their contact information, and be able to post updates. These updates would then be rotated on the home page, with a link to the business page.

So...what recommendations does anyone have for doing this? Thanks in advance!

  • Arun Basil Lal

    Hello soccercheese,

    As always there are many ways to go around this, How about this?

    You could do a WordPress Multisite, where each member would have his own Sub-domain like member1.chamberofcom.org and so on. So each member can have his page or portal look differently (or you could give them a choice of 5-8 themes) and they can have all their information on the sidebar or even have individual pages. This would work if there are not too many members. Say 20 members?

    Having a multisite means each member can post individual blog posts and updates, so that is great. On the homepage, you could use a plugin to show the posts from the entire network like this one here: https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/recent-posts

    Also you could provide a Global posts feed so that users can subscribe to all the updates, here is the plugin: https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/recent-global-posts-feed

    So this is a start, what do you think?

    Here is something, whatever route you choose to take, we are here to help!

    Cheers,
    Arun Basil Lal

  • ThePath

    Hi soccercheese,

    Yup Multisite is a must. This will obviously allow for each member to have their own site.

    Will the members have to pay for their own business site? If so you should be looking at the Member ship or Pro Sites plugins here at WPMU DEV.

    If the sites are to be free then I would imagine that you would just let the site admin assign blog sites to users rather than have the signup process open to anyone. Or you could assign the chamber members certain "user roles" that would have access to the sign up process.

    You can also achieve a similar thing to what buddypress has built in using this great plugin: https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/blogs-directory

    This displays a list of all the blogs/sites on your network. Im sure you could even take the code from this and stick it in a custom homepage.

    Hope that helped dude!

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