Managing Multiple Membership Sites Like a Pro

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Most of us would agree that WordPress is a great content management system if you only have to deal with a single blog. There is a lot of support, plenty of plug-ins, and the ability to customize the application as you see fit. However, WordPress may not be quite as viable a solution if you want to run several sites at a time.

When you get to that level, it may be time to consider an alternative solution that can handle multiple installations from a single user interface. Further still, you want this single point of access to give you a strong and robust set of features. One such solution is SiteManPro, the software package that acts as the subject of this review. According to the developers, SiteManPro offers a comprehensive system to handle all of your content management and monetization needs.

Managing Blogs and Membership Sites

Just like a self-hosted WordPress application, SiteManPro runs on your own server. This overcomes any concerns for security and privacy that may have otherwise arisen with a third-party hosting solution. SiteManPro also provides you with the full source code, so you can customize the application as needed.

The comprehensive system of SiteManPro is meant to handle every aspect of running a successful website. This includes managing your content, selling digital products, managing your customers, integrating with affiliate systems, and more. The full list of features is remarkably long.

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Using SiteManPro, you have your choice of running a free blog or a paid membership site. Both of these can be suited up with custom themes and you can switch between the two options from within the admin panel.

The only difference is that the blog provides readers with free full access, whereas the paid membership site requires a login to access the full text. For the payment processing, this membership software also has the ability to add customers, track refunds, show refund rates, and so on.

Adding New Posts and Pages

As mentioned, you can use this content management tool to handle the blog posts that you have on several domain. These are all listed under the “sites” section of the administrative panel and you can click to add posts and pages from there.

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The user interface for adding posts through SiteManPro comes with a series of different fields, but I found that the single column layout is not as user-friendly (and appealing to the eye) than the WordPress dashboard that I’ve come to know and love.

Even so, you have the ability to select the target site, assign categories, set the posting date, provide an SEO-friendly post slug and define the excerpt. The actual content is written used a WYSIWYG HTML editor that looks a lot like MS Word. The interface is the same for pages and you do have the ability to upload new images on the fly.

The Rest of the Admin Picture

You also have to remember that SiteManPro is meant to be a complete business management tool, so it does more than just handle your content. Logging into the admin area, you are immediately shown the dashboard, which provides a snapshot of your income, expenses, customers, suppliers, contacts, and keywords tracked.

The admin area is broken into seven tabs. The home tab shows the dashboard and allows for basic configuration. Beyond that, you have marketing, people, finance, shop, sites, and manage.

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Under the “People” tab, for instance, you have the ability to manage your contractors, suppliers, and contacts. Since SiteManPro can be used to sell products too, it’s helpful being able to manage your suppliers from within this same interface. This includes memberships, digital delivery, and CDs/DVDs via Kunaki integration.

Special John Chow dot Com Discount

If you were to purchase this software through the main page, you’d have to pay full price like very other schmuck that came across this solution. However, you’re reading about this on John Chow dot Com, so SiteManPro came up with a special price for John Chow dot Com readers.

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Rather than pay the full price of $147 for each 12-month membership, you can use the special link to save $47 off that price, paying just $100 for a year. If you can use this software to make at least $9 a month, you’re coming out ahead… but you want to make more than that.

CLICK HERE FOR A DISCOUNTED SITEMANPRO MEMBERSHIP


49 thoughts on “Managing Multiple Membership Sites Like a Pro”

  1. Mike Wayne says:

    Look’s ok, but I prefer Joomla with JomSocial. I’m sure it’s an awesome product, but don’t have the time to port to a new environment!

    Any chance of porting this as a plugin for an existing CMS like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal?

    1. Joomla rocks as far as you are using it to build static sites. Its by far the CMS we have.

      1. I’ve never been able to get my head aroud Joomla. I haven’t looked at it for about 3 or 4 years though. Maybe it’s easier now.

        1. Things changed rapidly my friend … and 3 years are really long period.

      2. Make money says:

        I’ve always been fascinated by Joomla, might as well check it out sometime. Is it easier thean wordpress of ZenCart?

  2. Sounds like a programmers heaven as the source code is provided. I know several people who would be interested in this.

    Good review!

  3. John, really wonderful post. thanks for such a valuable info

  4. Monique says:

    I don’t know if the post was clear or not, but I think it’s not good to only allow you to have a blog or a membership site. You really should have both. The blog posts attract visitors to content related to your membership site. The WordPress memberships now are basically blogs with the ability to keep some of the posts private for paid access. Maybe I misunderstood the post, but to me that is not a benefit.

    1. Monique – SMP does what you have mentioned. You can have both private posts and free posts in your membership sites. How can I leave such an important aspect πŸ™‚

  5. Ian Fernando says:

    looks really promising – wish there were screenshots on the main site to browse

  6. hospitalera says:

    Like the first commenter says, what does it do what Joomla or Drupal (both free) don’t do? SY

    1. I am the lead developer of SMP, so let me take this opportunity and answer any questions πŸ™‚

      Joomla and Drupal are both great tools, offer great plugins..and are free. What SMP has a very different approach – Centralization & Flexibility.

      Centralization – Imagine you have eCommerce, CMS, Affiliate System, Project Management, List Builder, Finance, Invoicing, Outsourcing, Swipe Files, Analytics..and so much more..in just one tool, without worrying about compatibility of plugins ever? That’s the approach we are taking while developing SMP. Moreover, you can run unlimited blogs or membership sites without requiring additional licenses, and from just one admin panel.

      Flexibility – Unlike Joomla or Drupal themes, which kind of restrict you in terms of layout, SMP themes are way more flexible and allows you to do almost anything anywhere in the theme. You just need a plain HTML to convert any design into SMP theme under two hours.

      Hope this helps a bit.

      Regds,
      Deep

  7. Very comprehensive review John. Hope I can write like you in the near future

    1. fas says:

      John did not write it, Micheal Kwan wrote it.

      1. Make money says:

        You stole my words. I say that to at least one person whenever a review is written on john chow dot com. πŸ˜†

  8. Zombie_Plan says:

    I find it funny that a lot of this site is paid reviews and the like πŸ˜› I love coming here and reading this stuff, but unfortunately I can never affored this stuff v_v

    1. Sometimes you gotta invest in your business and this is a great price for what this does.

    2. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      Yes there is a lot of paid reviews in this blog but most of the products that John recommended were really great. Invest in some of the products could double your earning later. πŸ˜€

      Regards,
      Lee

      1. I do not think that John will post any review blindly. After all his blog’s credibility is also attached with this.

  9. Jorge says:

    The software sounds pretty cool, but with a “features” page filled with typos and grammatical errors, I’m not so sure its very professional:

    http://sitemanpro.com/page/post/28

    Just a few:

    Social Ingredeiants

    Have you already you tried the ONLY buggy

    Artifical Intelligence

    1. Jorge says:

      Now check this one out! “a blog, a memberhsip site, or a commuinity site.

      1. I don’t know, look what a bad speller Shoemoney is and that doesn’t seem to have stopped him being quite successful.

        1. To me there’s a difference between somewhat sloppy spelling expressing your personal opinion on a blog, and when you’re describing a professional service. You should definitely spell check and grammar check everything for the second alternative.

    2. Yep, good catch. The people behind this service need to address these errors, it’s a huge turnoff for a lot of people (me included).

  10. Karl Foxley says:

    This looks like a very useful tool…

    Thanks for posting Michael.

    Regards,

    Karl

  11. “Like the first commenter says, what does it do what Joomla or Drupal (both free) don’t do? SY”

    >> I am the lead developer of SMP, so let me take this opportunity to answer any questions here..

    Joomla and Drupal are both great tools, offer great plugins..and are free. What SMP has a very different approach – Centralization & Flexibility.

    Centralization – Imagine you have eCommerce, CMS, Affiliate System, Project Management, List Builder, Finance, Invoicing, Outsourcing, Swipe Files, Analytics..and so much more..in just one tool, without worrying about compatibility of plugins ever? That’s the approach we are taking while developing SMP. Moreover, you can run unlimited blogs or membership sites without requiring additional licenses, and from just one admin panel.

    Flexibility – Unlike Joomla or Drupal themes, which kind of restrict you in terms of layout, SMP themes are way more flexible and allows you to do almost anything anywhere in the theme. You just need a plain HTML to convert any design into SMP theme under two hours.

    Hope this helps a bit.

    Deep Arora

  12. Wheras I could use something that helps with keeping track of all of the social network sites, I think that I will stick with WordPress.

  13. EarningStep says:

    great feature .. i will visit their site for more detail . thanks anyway

  14. Whereas I could use something that helps with keeping track of all of the social network sites, I think that I will stick with Word Press.

  15. Benjamin Cip says:

    Sounds like a great tool! I’m more into premium wordpress plugins to improve my blog at the moment, but I’ll sure take a look at this site and make my own opinion about this tool. Thank you for that nice review john!

    BTW, the name of Ashley Chow is still mispelled Ashley Chowm….

  16. Thanks John for posting this review. I’d like to mention something important..

    By no means, SMP is trying to compete with WordPress or Joomla or any other open source CMS. No, it’s not intend to do that.

    The main purpose of this software is to offer buyers a platform that brings content management and ecommerce (digital commerce and membership platform) together, with lots of other things that we do in our day to day business.

    So, when you read the features list, do not keep comparing it with WordPress or Joomla. SMP is NOT meant to offer you exactly what WordPress offers you.

    Thanks,
    Deep

    1. Andrew says:

      “SMP is NOT meant to offer you exactly what WordPress offers you.”

      I kind of got that when I looked over the site, but I’m still having trouble deciding why I would want to pay for this when, even though I see the scalability of this platform, as has been stated a number of times, Joomla or even a WPMU for free could do exactly the same things. SMP might be meant to offer exactly what those others do but WPMU or Joomla does offer exactly what SMP does.

      I think that’s what most people are getting at.

      Can you offer any more info that could justify or explain this a little better for me (and others)?

      1. Hi Andrew,
        Did you have a look at the features list fully?

        Let me show you few important points that what SMP can do which Joomla or WP MU don’t do out of th ebox.

        For example:

        1. Keyword Tracker
        2. Hypertracker (link redirectors like tinyurl)
        3. Shopping cart (sell digital goods – requires separate plugin for WP or Joomla, may be a paid one and at even higher price than of SMP)
        4. Kunaki full integration (not there in WP or Joomla)
        5. Market research module (not there in WP or Joomla)
        6. Contact management (turning towards CRM)
        7. Finance Module (income, expense) (paid plugins)
        8. Vendor Management (plus..pay to your vendors from within SMP and get pmts recorded automatically.
        9. Swipe files to record every piece of data you can imagines (files, receipts, salesletters, ad copies, images etc etc) (not there in WP or Joomla)
        10. Amazon S3 integration.(not there in WP or Joomla)

        There are many more that you can read on the features page.

        Plus..the next one in roadmap are:

        1. Project Management (like basecamp)
        2. Company Calendar
        3. Affiliate System
        4. Invoicing (like freshbooks)
        ….
        ….
        and few more that I’d not mention at this point πŸ™‚

        Hope this clarifies a bit!!

        Regds,
        Deep

        1. To give you another quick example that what comes out-of-box with SMP – List building feature. Now there is a PAID plugin for WP at $47 sold by Robert Plank that subscribes every comment poster on your blog to your aweber list. Then aweber list sends a message to commenter asking to confirm the subscription. This plugin is used by top internet gurus.

          Now you pay $47 for just this plugin.

          But SMP comes with this feature built-in. You can turn off/on this feature from the admin panel.

          Cost? Just $99 for the WHOLE SMP πŸ˜‰

  17. Cam Birch says:

    Interesting product. You didn’t really talk at all about the only feature that made this interesting to begin with, multi-site. When you have a bunch of different sites to maintain you do look for alternate solutions but other than a brief mention that this is suppose to be a solution you didn’t actually talk about it. Even so you did mention something that made this seem like it is only good for one site. I’m quite confused now. If this is only good for one site then I’m not sure its all that good, if for multiple it could be a useful solution.

  18. Sounds like a great product and it’s a pretty low price entry point to be able to set up membership sites and make some bank.

  19. I have to say I don’t see a lot of valure in this product. And I do manage a number of blogs. To me it’s not that difficult or time consuming to log in to a number of different sites – actually I prefer it that way.

    1. True, it’s not that hard to log into multiple blogs, but the list of features provides a lot of stuff in one place that most blogging platforms don’t offer.

  20. nyegik says:

    nice articles john

  21. Thats quite a saving. Thanks John

  22. With this awesome piece of software, you won’t struggle anymore trying to keep track of your online sales, your customers and suppliers, even protect your downloads links and much more. SiteMan Pro or Sitemanpro is a must have tool. Once you try it, you can’t leave without it.

  23. Eric Tan says:

    multi-tasking is so much more fun… =)

  24. This information of yours come at right time. I am planning to start three blogs on different niches and I think this will help me to manage it properly.

  25. Deep Arora says:

    Hi all – just wanted to add that a full online demo is available now. Go to SiteManPro.com and click on the ONLINE DEMO button on the right.

    Thanks,
    Deep

  26. Would you rate this as the best?

  27. Make money says:

    Membership sites seem to be like the new fad now. I don’t jump into them because they usually involve some investment into coding which I really wouldn’t be willing to do until the idea is solid.

  28. Ghostwriter says:

    This is very useful to me. I’m managing 3 blogs at the moment and this would save me a lot of time. Thanks for the discount too.

  29. Nice post about joomla theme.A+ to this post. thanks for posting.

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