Planing a New Site and Plugins to use

Hi guys,
I am looking for a little advice on setting up a new site.
I am offering a low cost option for getting set up with a website to local business using the themes. plugins, video tuts all found here and was hoping to get some advice on the best way to get set up.
I have installed Multi Site and have started uploading all of the themes from the farms zip, which most of them will be available to entry level buyers.
To get started I want to create a basic pack, so to speak, but with multiple payment options, trying to make it as easy as possible for any budget to sign up.
Later on when I have become more familiar with everything I will be adding Premium services, ie; plugins, themes, etc...
I will also be giving away free websites to build up a database of potential clients, but I will be charging a small fee for hosting.
So my question really is, what is the best plugin/option to use.
I also need to have access to multiple payment methods, ie PayPal, Google Checkout... etc
Am I best to use a Membership plugin or a Checkout eshop plugin? or both?
I initially need to set up two price points, for example a small one time recurring annual payment of $50 for hosting and access to the members content and another price of say $250 that can be paid using multiple payment options. For example a one time payment of $250 and then $50 a year for hosting, or if they want to pay using a payment plan charge the $300 over a six month period and then the $50 hosting fee annually.
I did see a site in the showcase that is similar to what I want to do...
so if anyone can point me in the right direction I would really appreciate it heaps.

  • Arun Basil Lal
    • New Recruit

    Hello Jeremy,

    Welcome to WPMU Dev!

    Since what you have in mind is a hosted solution, WordPress Multisite is the way to go. And here is "the" plugin that you need: "Pro Sites" -

    All the Premium needs can be handled with Pro Sites, including Premium Plugins and Premium Themes that you asked for. You can create packs like you said for every budget.

    Then you would want to have your clients have their own domains, what you need here is the Domain Mapping Plugin. Each customer can have a domain (eg: that is actually mapped to a sub-domain or a sub folder in multisite:

    The Two Price points you talked about is easily possible in Pro Sites where you can create different packages.

    The Membership plugin is actually used to restrict users access to particular areas of an already existing site, I don't think that is something you want here, since you are not creating the content for the sites. Membership is basically a content locking plugin, while Pro Site is a feature locking plugin. The lines are thin, but I hope you see the point.

    You might want to use the Easy Blogging plugin, most novice users would find it hard to get used to the default WordPress backend, this plugin makes it all look simple:

    Regarding giving away those free sites, here is a plugin that would save you a bunch of time, the New Blog Templates Plugin. Basically lets you create clones of one site:

    Have a look through the Plugins gallery here:
    All the plugins that have a tick mark against WordPress Multisite 3.3.1 would work for you!

    Let me know if you have more questions or thoughts, would be more than happy to answer!

    Arun Basil Lal

  • jeremyyoung
    • New Recruit

    Arun Basil Lal
    Some great suggestions, some plugins I didn't even know you guys had.
    Just a q about the video tutorials you guys have, would they be published on my site or inside the dashboard of my clients site? or

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