Alternative to Optimize Press?

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OptimizePress is a WordPress theme that allows you to quickly and easily create opt-in pages (or squeeze pages), launch funnel pages, sales pages, and membership area pages all right within a WordPress site. If you’re thinking about launching your online program or product using the product launch formula method, where you publish a series of free training content pieces over the course of a week or two, and then open up your program for registration or make your product available for sale, OptimizePress is a popular option. It gives you dozens of predesigned page templates with various layouts for the pages that you’ll need in order to set up your launch sequence. That means you don’t need to hire someone like a web designer to help you get the kind of layouts you’ll want to use for your squeeze pages, launch funnel pages, and membership area. One big thing that OptimizePress doesn’t do is that it does not handle the creation of a password protected member’s only area of your WordPress site. To get that functionality (if you want to have your member’s area as part of your main WordPress site), you’d need to use a WordPress plugin like Digital Access Pass or Wishlist Member. OptimizePress has page templates, or page layouts, for the membership area pages you’ll create with something like Digital Access Pass, but they are essentially just templates applied to the pages needed for your member’s area.

We love WishList Member, and if you're looking for a membership platform that runs on top of WordPress, WishList Member is one of our favorites. But as we all know, all systems have their pros and cons, and at the end of the day what's important is making sure that the software on which you built your business continues to support you.

If you're new to creating products, or are producing small, cheap products with less than 100 users, WordPress is an acceptable platform to build on.

But, for people who are serious about their business, and it's your revenue on the line, there are a number of issues inherent with any wordpress plugins that can cause serious damage to your business. At the end of the day, WishList Member is a WordPress plugin that is only as strong as the WordPress foundation that it is built on.


Breaking Updates

Like all WordPress plugins, WishList Member relies on certain version of WordPress, and has to play nicely with WP updates as well as all the other plugins you have installed.

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

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 & WishList Member 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.


No Native Membership Plugins

There’s no integrated video/media hosting and delivery, as there is with Kajabi, which has a built in content delivery network (Amazon’s Cloudfront content delivery network) that allows you to upload your videos and mp3 audio files, then embed them on launch funnel pages or your membership area pages inside your program. This means you’ll need to use a separate service to host and stream your video and audio content, such as Youtube, Wistia, Vimeo, or Amazon S3 and Easy Video Suite. With Kajabi, if you select a plan that has the content delivery network included, that functionality is built in.

In order to create a password protected member’s area on your wordpress site, you need to integrate OptimizePress with a WordPress plugin like Digital Access Pass or Wishlist Member. Optimizepress has layouts for membership pages, but it doesn’t handle payment processing or protection of your paid content on a WordPress site.


No Media Hosting

In order to create a password protected member’s area on your wordpress site, you need to integrate OptimizePress with a WordPress plugin like Digital Access Pass or Wishlist Member. Optimizepress has layouts for membership pages, but it doesn’t handle payment processing or protection of your paid content on a WordPress site.


Hidden Costs

WishList Member is a great, cheap alternative to premium course sites like Summit Evergreen. But there are a number of hidden costs associated with managing and running your own WordPress site with WishList Member, 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
  • WishList Member Updates — It's not widely known, but WishList Member Updates are only included for the first year. Need future updates? You'll need to pay $97 every year to get new updates and support.
  • Email Services — WishList Member 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 $1600 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 WishList Member knows that it's a major pain in the you-know-where.

WishList Member 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.

If you're using WishList Member, you'll need to sign up to a 3rd party service like MailChimp or Aweber. 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.

Learn the secrets to a successful course, with our free introduction

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

Get the tested strategies to start building your own products with our free email starter course, and turn what you already know into valuable online courses.

Start launching your online course, today

We don't spam, disclose, maim or mangle your email address. Just 100% TLC