Easy Quick Member Review
When I heard that the makers of the Profits Theme were launching Easy Quick Member (EQM), a plugin for creating membership sites, I wasn’t sure whether I should buy it or not.
I already had the Profits Theme by the same company, but I liked that EQM was a plugin and so could be used with any theme. This is important for existing sites that already have a branded look that you don’t want to change.
So I looked at the feature list, and these are the claims that convinced me to buy it even though it was still in beta at the time:
- It’s the easiest and quickest way to set up a membership site
- Protects your content from non-members, from members sharing their login info, group buying, and brute-force attacks
- Unlimited products and membership levels
- Free and/or paid memberships
- Teaser content to entice people to join
- Drip feeding
- Subscription length control
- Integration with multiple autoresponders and shopping carts
- Easy to understand sales, performance, and engagement reports
- Click here for all the features
In this review, I’m going to test this plugin’s claims of being easy and quick by making a membership site from scratch. I’ll post screenshots with each step – to see them better, just click on the image thumbnails. Let’s begin!
Installing and Setting Up the Easy Quick Member Plugin
On this new site I’m going to use the Lifestyle Pro theme by Studiopress, so we can see how well the Easy Quick Member plugin integrates with third-party themes.
After installing and activating the plugin, I click on the EQM tab that has appeared in the sidebar of my WordPress dashboard. I am shown a setup page with 4 steps.
Step 1: Register Your License
This first step is pretty self-explanatory. Just fill in the license key that you’ll find in the member’s area where you downloaded the Easy Quick Member plugin.
Step 2: Setup Your Membership Pages
In this step the plugin sets up your membership pages for you automatically, but allows you to change the pages to existing ones you’ve made if you want to.
Step 3: Setup Your Payment Processors
Choose which payment processor to use (you can choose between Zaxaa, WSO Pro, PayPal, JVZoo, and Clickbank). Depending on which one you choose, you might have to fill in an extra field or two, but each one has instructions on exactly where to get the info you need.
I’ve added screenshots below of the fields to fill in for each different payment processor. Remember, you won’t be doing all of them – just one! Click on the images to get a closer look.
Step 4: Setup Your Email Templates
The fields had already been filled in for me here, so I clicked the “Finish” button – and just as I was clicking I saw there were 2 tabs under step 4. Oops!
The two tabs are “Email Setup” and “Email Content”, and I accidentally clicked the Finish button before I realized that I hadn’t checked the second tab.
I’m taken to the Easy Quick Member control panel, where I look for the email settings I accidentally skipped. I found them under the Config section.
Okay, so under the Email Content tab there are 4 prewritten templates: a “Welcome” email, a “Payment Receipt” email, a “Subscription Cancellation” email, and a “Forgot Password” email. They all use merge tags, so the relevant info will change for each product and customer.
The only changes I need to make with these templates is to replace the “YOUR_NAME_HERE” text at the end of each message with my name. I also enabled all 4 the notification options here, because I would like to be notified when I get new members, payments, or unsubscriptions.
I couldn’t time myself because I was taking screenshots and notes as I went along, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t spend more than 2 minutes actually doing these 4 steps – the plugin did almost everything for me automatically.
The first section in the control panel is the Dashboard. Here you have an overview of your recent earnings. At the top is today’s and yesterday’s earnings and new members, and underneath is a graph showing your earnings and new members for the last month.
Underneath that the last 10 sales are listed, along with the date of purchase, the product, the price, the currency, the payment status, and the member that bought it.
In the products section, there is an “Add New” button at the top with a note that says “Start Here” and an arrow pointing towards it. It looks like the created products will be listed underneath, and there are filters for Date Created and Payment Type, plus a search box so you can easily find a specific product if you have a lot of them.
When you click the “Add New” button, you’re taken to a page where you insert the product name or membership level, choose whether it will be free or paid, and choose a download page.
Your download page can be an existing page or post, an external URL, or you can have the Easy Quick Member plugin create a download page for you. There is also an option to edit the page you choose if you need to.
I’m making a free membership level, so I wrote “Free Membership” for the name, selected “Free” as the Product Type, and had EQM create a download page for me.
When I click the Next button, it takes me to a page where I can choose whether to add members to an autoresponder list. I definitely want to do that, so I change the slider to “Yes” and choose MailChimp as my autoresponder.
I haven’t connected my MailChimp account with EQM yet, so I follow the instruction to get my MailChimp API Key. Then I click the “Get List” button back on the page where I activated the autoresponder integration. The plugin will then display my mailing lists and allow me to pick one to add my members to.
Clicking the save button takes me to the next section in the control panel – the Product Access section.
In this section we can choose who is able to access certain posts, pages, categories, files, and Amazon S3 files. We can also choose whether to drip-feed the content, and choose when the drip starts and ends – we can choose either exact dates or a window of time, for example a certain amount of days/weeks/months/years.
I couldn’t get my file that I wanted members to download to appear in the list of files here, so I checked the tutorials. Turns out files you want to protect have to be uploaded via FTP in a special folder EQM creates. Then they will show up in the “Product Access” area, and you can set there protection.
I select protection for my download page and my free zip file, and the other pages that only members should see. I also set the drip start to zero so they’re available straight away, and I leave the Drip End option deselected so that the pages and files are always available to members.
When I click the “Save Changes” button, it takes me back to the Products section with a note that says “Product Created. You can get the order URL below.”
Setting Up a Registration Form
So I find my product listed below, and there’s a link to create a free registration form – I guess there is no order URL because I made this a free product.
I click the link and an overlay window appears. There’s a link to watch a tutorial video, but it looks simple enough that I don’t think I’ll need to.
We can choose between 5 different colored templates (black, blue, green, orange, and red), choose whether to set each field as required or not, and customize the text.
I set all fields as required and left the text as-is. I don’t have a ready made thank you page, and there’s no option to let the plugin create one for me. For now I’ll just choose the login page EQM made earlier.
When I turn on the “Require email confirmation” option, I’m given a URL to copy and paste onto my “Confirmation success page URL” in my autoresponder. Mailchimp’s settings can be quite confusing sometimes and I can’t find where I’m supposed to paste this URL, so I watch the video tutorial.
Unfortunately they only show how to do it on Aweber, but a quick Google search shows me how to do it in Mailchimp. After that I click the “Generate code” button and copy the generated shortcode. It also generates raw HTML code, in case you want to embed the form on external pages.
I create a new page for my sign up form and paste the shortcode inside. This will be my squeeze page, so I choose a layout without sidebars in my theme options, and set it to be my homepage in the WordPress settings.
After that it seems like I’m already finished! That was quick! Now I just have to add a menu to the member’s area so people can navigate it. In a real site you would also need to modify the text on the pages that the Easy Quick Member plugin created, but this is just a test site so I’ll leave it as is.
I pretended I was a customer and went through the whole sign-up process, and it worked! I was able to sign up and access the content, and when I logged out I was no longer able to view it.
As you can see, the theme I’m using messed up the style of the sign-up form’s button, and the alignment of the “Remember me” checkbox. I’ve added a screenshot of what the form looks like with the default WordPress themes and with the Profits Theme – that’s what it’s supposed to look like.
If this happens to you, you can fix it by making some modifications to the CSS of your theme. Luckily these were the only compatibility conflicts I found.
EQM also has quite a few other features I didn’t use in this test, but that you might find useful. Here are a few of my favorites.
Protect Partial Content
With the Easy Quick Member plugin, you can protect part of the content on a page or post. For example, you can some teaser content visible to the public or to a certain membership level, and the rest only visible to another membership level.
EQM adds a button to the WordPress post editor so you can do this quickly and easily.
Create Login Forms
Creating login forms to your posts or pages is very easy to do, thanks to another button in the WordPress editor. You can choose from different templates, and you can even use recaptcha!
You can also add a login form widget to any widget area on your site, for example the sidebar or footer.
In the screenshots above you might have noticed the coupon section in the Easy Quick Member dashboard. Everybody loves a discount, and EQM makes it easy to boost your sales by creating discount coupons.
Not only can EQM keep your membership pages and files secure from non-members, but it can also stop people sharing their login information, group buys, and brute force attacks.
So was the Easy Quick Member plugin as quick and easy to use as I hoped? Yes, and it was even quicker than I thought it would be! It’s hard to tell how long I took since I was writing this review and taking screenshots in between, but I think it’s safe to say you can make a membership site in 20 mins or less with this plugin.
It’s very simple and easy to use, and it does most of the work for you automatically. The membership site I made here was just a simple site with one file to download, but the Easy Quick Member plugin can also be used for more robust membership sites, with lots of modules and stuff like that, and of course with drip-feeding as well!
So if you’ve been wanting to make a membership site with drip-fed content for a continual passive income, but have been too intimidated by the work involved, then I think this might be the solution you’ve been looking for.
Easy Quick Member launches on 6 November, and the usual price will be $69. However, for the first week of launch – until 13 November – it will be discounted to $49.