Alternative to aMember?


aMember is a flexible, user-friendly membership software system that integrates with a number of self-hosted content management systems like WordPress, Drupal and vBulletin.

It allows you to accept subscription payments, manage customer profiles, deliver digital content, integrate with your blog, forum, or CMS, send opt-in newsletters, run your own affiliate program — all from within a central management system.

For someone who wants to focus on building their course and products, not dealing with technical minituia, aMember can be a daunting task to set up — taking valuable time that cand be better spent crafting more compelling content for your customers.

To really turn aMember into a good, seamless solution, you either need to be a programmer or hire one. Even the standard setup for a product can be quite daunting and it can take a while and several visits to the Wiki before you can even set up a simple product.


Breaking Updates

aMember is not a content-delivery system in itself, only a gatekeeper to existing content. It relies on other content systems like Wordpress, and has to play nicely with WP updates as well as all the other plugins you have installed.

Updating WordPress can break your aMember plugin, without you knowing it, resulting in a number of aMember users who run old version of WordPress, which results in unsecure WordPress member sites that are easy targets for hackers.

The more customized your aMember is, the more potential “weak links” it has, where integration could go awry and wreck your entire setup.

With Summit Evergreen, everything is hosted in the cloud — which means no versions to worry about, and you get every update installed instantly, and securely, for free.


Wordpress Instability

While WordPress is reported to run 23% of all websites in the world, it still has a hard time standing up to traffic surges.

While a blog going down can be considered an acceptable loss, what happens when WordPress & aMember goes down when someone is trying to purchase your course?

Summit Evergreen is built on some of the sturdiest servers in the business, and is designed to be fast — so that your customers can always purchase your courses, with no technical issues.


Extra Cost for Plugins and Support

Even though aMember is one of the more expensive self-hosted membership solutions, they still require extra payments for any integrations and plugins besides the basic WordPress integration.

That means that if you want to integrate with services like vBulletin, Expression Engine, Drupal, OsCommerce, any other non-core payment processors or feature sets (like avatars) you'll be spending upwards of $40 per plugin, and quite possibly also for setup and customization.

And an aMember license only covers 6 months of updates and support.

At Summit Evergreen, we never nickle-and-dime you. We're very clear about our costs, and will never charge you extra for updates, new integrations, or any other improvements to the system. And we never charge a percentage of your sales — if you make $5,000 or $5,000,000 — the amount you owe us doesn't change.


Hidden Costs

While aMember is one of the oldest, and more expensive membership platforms out there, there are still a number of hidden costs associated with managing and running your own WordPress site with aMember, that aren't included in the sticker price.

  • Server Hosting — $5 per month for a cheapo plan, $40 if you want to stand up to any amount of traffic
  • Server Maintenance — Any server issues like security updates or performance issues? Be prepared to pay from $75 to $200 an hour for contractors
  • aMember Updates — It's not widely known, but aMember Updates are only included for the first 6 months. Need future updates? You'll need to pay $180 (plus plugins) every 6 months to get new updates and support.
  • Payment Gateway — Summit Evergreen automatically ties into Stripe and other major processors. aMember requires extra plugins and a lot of elbow-grease.
  • Email Services — aMember needs a 3rd Party service to send all your course emails, which can cost you $10 to $50 a month. Summit takes care of all your scheduled course emails, for free.

When you add all of this up, you will end up spending over $1800 per year, and you still have to monitor and maintain your servers yourself.

Wouldn't it be easier to just let Summit Evergreen be your one-stop technical stop for delivering your courses.


Complicated Membership Levels

Anyone who has tried to set up a product with a "Gold," "Silver," "Platinum" approach — a strategy proven to dramatically increase sales revenue — in aMember knows that it's a major pain in the you-know-where.

aMember was created before Membership Levels were huge, and the functionality is shoe-horned in.

Summit Evergreen is built from the ground up to let you implement tiered pricing structures for your products. And we also provide time-based dripped content for all Membership Levels — making it easy to distribute your content on any schedule.


Email Services

Building a list is the most effective way to promote your course, and you want to make sure you're communicating with your customers.

The aMember system has a number of integrations to 3rd party systems, but some — like Aweber and MailChimp — are conspicuously absent. Additionally many plugins are only supported by community members, and are seldom updated, or even unavailable.

Summit Evergreen handles all your course emails for you, and integrates with major 3rd party CRMs and email systems, for the ultimate flexibility.


Theme Support

Say goodbye to drab and lifeless content. Summit Evergreen comes prepackaged with themes designed by our talented design department. Switch themes at the touch of a button, keeping all of your brand colors and options just how you like them. Want more flexibility? Create your own personal theme with our powerful Summit templating system.

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And in addition to rock-solid stability, Summit Evergreen makes it easy to connect with and understand your audience — creating happier customers, which translates into more sales for you.


User Surveys

We make Data Mining a breeze with Summit Evergreen's lesson followups and analytic features.

Students will access the site and after engaging with your pre-prepared content you can assign homework, show webinars or have them complete custom surveys or polls.

Your users will be able to reply and provide valuable feedback about your products that will allow you to not only to "get to know" your customers, but personalize your products with ease.


No Branding

You're special — let your individuality shine

When trying to build a product and a brand, the last thing you want is your hosting platform getting all the credit. You didn't work hard to be "That guy on Udemy." Your greatest asset is your individuality -- which is why we stay out of the way. Emails are sent from your address, the shopping cart has your logo on it, and we don't put our logo or brand anywhere we don't have to legally.


Reduced Support Load

It's amazing how much a simple-to-use course system, and a platform built around being easy for your students to use, can reduce your support costs.

Support is a major part of any business, and we've worked with some of the top names in the industry to make sure our student experience is simple and easy to use.

That translates to less time you have to worry about support, and more time for you to create and maintain amazing courses.

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We've helped some of the top names in the industry launch and grow multi-million dollar online courses.

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