Fantastic news about the new Protected Content plugin for membership driven websites. I am currently using the Membership plugin for my site and have free and paid subscriptions, and all kinds of members already in the database, some with one-time payments and some with reoccurring payments. Before I think about moving from the Membership plugin to the new Protected Content plugin, I would like to ask some questions.
#1) Is the new Protected Content plugin a complete replacement of the Membership plugin? Or is it more like a lighter version of it? For example, would you recommend the Membership plugin over the new Protected Content plugin for certain kinds of websites? Or would you always recommend the new Protected Content plugin over the Membership plugin?
#2) For live websites that are already using the Membership plugin with free and paid members in the database, and some on recurring payment plans, am I able to just install the new Protected Content plugin and deactivate the Membership plugin and have everything work? Or can the new Protected Content plugin only be used on new websites that do NOT already have the Membership plugin installed? Is there some kind of migration process that must take place?
#3) What features and functionality from the Membership plugin are NOT included in the new Protected Content plugin? Or is everything that is currently available in the Membership plugin also available in the Protected Content plugin? And if not, what are some of the major features that are not part of the Protected Content plugin?
#4) What are some of the new features in the new Protected Content plugin that is not available in the Membership plugin?
#5) Is there still a Free Payment Gateway in the new Protected Content plugin (like what’s in the Membership plugin?)
#6) Does the new Protected Content plugin have an email activation feature for user who register with the free payment gateway? For example, if I have a membership where a user can access some content for free, does the plugin have an option to force an email activation of the account, in which the user cannot begin accessing the special content of the site (for the free membership) until he or she gets an email from the system and clicks on a unique URL in the email, thus activating his or her account?
#7) One of the bullet points under the list of features for the new Protected Content plugin says this, “Fully extensible with add-ons.” Can you explain that more? What “add-ons” are you referring to?
#8) Do either of the PayPal payment options allow the transaction to take place from within the website, or does the user need to leave the website and complete the transaction on paypal.com?
Thank you for your time.