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CMS For Subscription Site



2:36 pm on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have done a lot of research on this topic and have not been able to find a whole lot about it. I'm hoping people here can help me out.

I am in the initial stages of planning out a subscription-based site. It will offer free content, paid content and premier paid content. I am looking for a CMS, and preferably an open source CMS, that will support this. I would like it to have some kind of built-in registration system that would allow people to sign up for any of the paid subscriptions.

I have looked at MODx and, while it comes close to doing all I need, it doesn't handle the subscriptions, so I would need to add users manually. There are a few other things it can't support either.

A package like VisionGatePortal seems ideal, but at $100 per month it is a bit steep, especially since it can only be hosted on their servers. Membergate also looks good, but the price is $4000+.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.


7:32 pm on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It's not a CMS, but you may want to check out AMember. Using plugins I think it can integrate with various CMS packages.


9:49 am on Jan 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

You can even use forums like vBulletin which have subscription features to create premium tiers for members.

What sort of features does your CMS need?


4:23 pm on Feb 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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"What sort of features does your CMS need?"

Primarily it needs to offer multi-level subscriptions. I would prefer if it did so without relying on a .htaccess file, but relied instead on a more "integrated" solution.


7:35 am on Feb 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If it is for articles, you can easily tweak something like vBulletin (a forum) to show the first post and then use the rest of the functionality for user feedback.

vBulletin offers tiered membership options for sure, I use them to enable paid areas on a community site.

It does not however offer a lot in terms of Wysiwyg editing and other features that are needed on article driven sites (like multiple page articles etc).


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