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WishList Insider – Forum Focus 437

A test environment is always a good idea.

Somewhere to try things out before making changes to the actual membership site.

Think of the test environment as a safety net.

We all likely have a similar story or two. The classic tale about making an adjustment on a live site only to find out later that seemingly small change resulted in a bigger problem. Whenever we find ourselves in this situation, we often think… This wouldn’t have happened if I did some quick testing first.

So, a test site running WishList Member sounds like a logical solution.

The next question being, can a WishList Member license be used on a test site?

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WishList Insider – Forum Focus 436

We are bringing this one back.

This forum thread was posted a few years ago but didn’t gain a lot of traction at the time. That isn’t uncommon with forum threads. It seemed like an interesting idea, but maybe didn’t grab the attention of those who saw it. At least, not enough to generate many responses.

So, we thought we would “dust it off” as they say and ask the question again.

We believe it’s an interesting conversation starter and are curious about the potential answers.

The question will require you to think back. Some will need to go way back in their memories while some may have more recent memories they can draw from.

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WishList Insider – Forum Focus 435

We like to ask this question from time to time.

The answer is always interesting and usually leads to further discussions. Different people respond in different ways.

But the most intriguing thing about this question might be the fact that the answer is always changing.

Your response today is very likely different from what you’ll say six months from now and it’s almost certainly different from how you answered six months ago.

We are curious. How will you answer?

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WishList Insider – Forum Focus 434

Is automatic registration a good idea for a membership site?

That is a bit of a complicated question and may not have one concrete answer.

There can be security concerns when it comes to auto-registrations and additional user-friendly aspects to consider. A quick and easy sign up process is ideal for new members, but not if it comes at a cost of less protection.

So, what options are available?

That question helped spark the conversation in this forum thread.

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WishList Insider – Forum Focus 433

This is a pretty common occurrence for membership site owners.

You’re writing up an article and a picture is needed to help illustrate a point. You know exactly what you need and you just have to find it and insert it into the post.

No problem. Unless you can’t find what you are looking for.

It can be time consuming and even frustrating searching multiple sources for that one perfect picture. So, we are asking the question…

Where do you find stock images?

This featured forum thread can provide some useful options.

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WishList Insider – Forum Focus 432

There is a common thread running through many membership sites.

In fact, protection is usually based on this common thread.

So, what could it be?

Pieces of content are protected and a group of members are given access to that content. It is a simple concept and typically works for most sites. Members login and access the members-only content. No problem.

But, what if you want to display specific information to specific members within those groups?

That is where things can get interesting.

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WishList Insider – Forum Focus 431

An Insider offered their two cents in this discussion but it’s certainly worth more than a couple of pennies.

Most WishList Member users know how to protect pages and posts. They are also aware of the ability to protect categories and comments too.

This knowledge goes a long way towards building an effective membership site.

But, there is a not-so-well-known protection option taking center stage in this quick featured forum thread.

Are you using Custom Post Types?

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WishList Insider – Forum Focus 430

Members can login and access protected content.

That is usually the bare minimum expected from a membership site.

But what happens if that is only half right?

The login functionality seems to work fine until they try to access a members-only section. Then it asks them to login again. Didn’t they already login? They definitely did.

So why is it asking them to do it again?

That is a very good question.

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WishList Insider – Forum Focus 429

This is one of those difficult topics.

At least, it can feel difficult. Especially when you are in the middle of dealing with it.

There aren’t many people who enjoy dealing with conflict. It is almost the complete opposite. We tend to avoid conflict whenever we can. But that is not always possible.

Avoiding the issue can even result in an eventual larger problem.

This is part of the reason we asked this question in the Insider Forum.

How do you deal with conflicts between members?

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WishList Insider – Forum Focus 428

Most membership sites provide a registration form for members to sign up.

They enter a username and password along with a bit more information and quickly gain access to protected content.

This gives the soon-to-be members the ability to choose their own username and password. One of the reasons behind this method is since they set it themselves, they should have an easier time remembering their password.

But, some sites look to handle this a bit differently.

What if you want to take care of the registration process for them?

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