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Why Use Membee to Develop Your New Site?

Website developers and content management systems are commonplace so why use Membee to manage your site? Two key reasons:

  1. Your organization is unique. You’re a non-profit organization whose mandate is to serve its members and key constituents. Designing an effective membership-centric website requires a deep understanding of what drives the relationship between your organization and its membership.
  2. Your website’s importance as a membership recruitment and retention tool will continue to grow. Continually tightening the integration between your membership database and your website will produce a richer experience for your members and hence enhance the image of your brand while reducing the workload on your administrative staff.

A Ton of Experience Developing Only Membership Websites

An “off the shelf” website can certainly address your needs to some degree. Let’s take a moment to examine how a Membee-managed website will take your Internet presence to a new level.

With more than 15 years of experience building websites exclusively for membership based organizations, in Canada, USA, Australia, and New Zealand, we’ve become specialists in developing websites for membership-based organizations to achieve four objectives:

  • A modern, responsive website design that allows you to maintain one website that looks great and performs well on a desktop, tablet, and smartphone browsers.
  • Attract new members – an easy to navigate modern design creates that positive initial impression that is key to enhancing their interest in your organization.
  • Better promote existing members – Membee’s new membership directory provides the best opportunity for members to describe and promote them or their business.
  • Add value to their membership
    • By offering new member-specific features in your new site
    • Providing timely useful content on your new site
    • Distributing access your new content to the member via RSS feeds and social media tools

Tight Integration Makes for a Great Member Experience

Put our inside and exclusive knowledge of Membee to work through tight integration between your new website and Membee:

  • Seamless new member signup complete with
    • payment processing
    • automated template-driven welcome emails
    • Automated renewal billing setup for minimal staff involvement
  • Easier access to member events and increased member registration
  • Promote events automatically throughout your new site using Membee’s Event Feed
  • Utilize undocumented features in Membee’s membership directory to drive consumer inquiries directly to a member or group of members (all members in a specific category or location as examples)
  • Position Membee’s Member Profile feature on your new site in a manner that encourages members to maintain their own member information

Utilize the World’s Most Popular CMS – WordPress

By teaming with the world’s most popular website content management system (CMS) – WordPress, a richer experience is available to your members. A bit about WordPress:

  • 21.6% of all websites globally are managed in WordPress – 7 times more websites in WordPress as compared to its nearest competitor (Joomla at 3.1%)
  • 77,000,000 websites managed in WordPress
  • Over 40,000 add-ons and plugins where the majority are free to bring a wide array of features and capabilities to your Membee designed site
  • A flexible design architecture allows when needed, the development of custom workflows and capabilities on your website
  • Most importantly, WordPress is easy to use which means your new website will more up-to-date simply because making changes is easier. A key to your site’s ongoing appeal a year or two after its launch is the ease with which non-technical staff in your organization can quickly and easily update and modify the site
  • If advertising revenue is a consideration for your new site, we recommend using the AdRotate advertising management WordPress plugin (additional fees will apply). A couple things to keep in mind if considering advertising on your new Membee site:
    • Ads should be presented “tastefully” on the new site so a decision to present advertising opportunities should be made before work begins on the new site’s design
    • Take some time to consider if offering advertising on your new site will bring new advertisers to your organization or possibly “poach” revenues from some of your existing programs
    • Since AdRotate is a plugin within WordPress itself, this adds the convenience of managing both your site content and your ads in one location – the WordPress Dashboard.

Member Login Restricts Access to Content Only to Members

An essential element of a membership website is the ability to allow only members to access certain content and features. Membee has developed its own custom login management plugin for WordPress that provides you with the following capabilities:

  • All aspects of issuing, managing, and when needed, revoking member access to protected areas of your website are handled within Membee itself.
  • Changes in a member’s login status (perhaps you just revoked their access) is instantly synchronized with your WordPress site
  • Marking a new web page as “members only” can be done with a single mouse click within the WordPress editor
  • Go beyond a basic “members only” section of your website and permit access to specific subsets of your membership to certain features of your new website. Membee clients commonly use this to create the following on their website:
    • A “Board Only” section of their website which is accessible only by the organization’s Board of Directors
    • Discussion forums designating for, and exclusive to certain subsets of members
    • Access to content areas of the website based on a member’s membership level
  • “Single sign-on” for the member means that they can login once using their Membee-managed username and password and
    • Access members only content and features
    • Access members only event pricing
    • Access and modify their member profile (including their listings in the online membership directory)
    • Access and pay membership renewal invoices
  • Thanks to Membee’s tight integration with WordPress your Membee site will manage (so your staff don’t have to)
    • Lost member passwords
    • Allowing members to change their password
    • Social Network integration will increase member engagement by allowing your members to use their Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or Twitter identities to access:
      • Members only content on your new site
      • Members only event pricing
      • Their member profile (including their listings in the online membership directory)
      • Access and pay membership renewal invoices
    • You decide which social network identities you will allow members to use on your new Membee website
    • If the member has an active browser session open to their selected Social Network and then navigate to your new Membee site, your site will already be aware of the member and will not require the member to login to any “members only” content or features

One Tool and One Vendor

No more “he said she said”. Our seasoned support team will now support your new site as well as your day-to-day usage of Membee

Fixed Package Pricing

We are offering your new Membee site as a fixed price package. We are often asked why we can offer a site at a fixed price when most website developers provide price estimates and ranges.

There are three reasons:

  • First, we’ve built membership sites for a long time and we know what should and should not be included. That knowledge helps us to nail down the price.
  • Second, we are very specific about what is included in the package and we include in the package the features and services necessary to create the site that positions you in the manner you desire.
  • Third, we don’t do “bulk” website development. Each site must be unique to the organization and we have evolved a process of achieving that quality and uniqueness inside the package pricing model.

By the way, while rare, we can add capabilities onto the package if needed but our goal is to remove the uncertainty so you know exactly what you’re getting and at what price.

To receive pricing details for the Custom Design package, click here to contact us.

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Our Website Design Philosophy

Over our hundreds of membership website projects, we have evolved to share a common philosophy with our clients who see our approach as one that advances their mission. We mutually both believe that:

White Space is Your Friend

A simple, clean design is much more appealing to the site visitor and hence more effective. In abundant website usability testing, websites with the simplest cleanest design receive the highest satisfaction ratings.

Your Brand Must Come First

While a site must be visually appealing, its primary role is to provide services and capabilities that promote and advance your brand in the eyes of existing and potential members…

  • Content and capabilities on the site must contribute to this promotion or they are not needed and they detract from your site and your objective
  • The needs and views of your site visitor trump all else
  • If you want a site visitor or member to do something, they need to find the task on the homepage
  • Maximizing your reach using Social Media is emphasized

Your Website is Your Single Most Important Member Benefit

While your website is your most effective tool to promote your brand, we also see your website as your most valued member benefit. In order for the member to see it that way too, member data and the website must be tightly linked together. This must be done in a manner that reduces the workload on staff while creating a great experience for the member.

Only then do you have great online member benefits.

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Key Website Features

Membee is pleased to offer our newly enhanced website design services to your organization. We have made a number of enhancements that are intended to make the website development process more efficient and more affordable than ever.

A Well Managed Consultative Process Yields a Great Site Design

After a consultation with our project manager to gather the key elements and features, our designers will provide you with a group of initial designs (typically 2-3) that are based on your organization’s image, culture, and relationship with its members.

Each draft design is fully customized, within the parameters of Membee’s basic wireframe design service.   These parameters place some limitations on the design (navigation must be displayed horizontally across the top of the screen, page layouts must follow design conventions that contribute to readability and ease of use, etc.), but still offers a wide range of options to our clients.

You can then suggest revisions to that design based on your preferences.

Effective Membership Services Delivered by Membee

Since a large portion of your new website’s capabilities and features come from Membee itself, it makes sense to first work with you to answer the question “what do you want your new site to do?”. All Membee website packages include a needs analysis process whereby we work with you to determine which of Membee’s widgets are appropriate for your new website. Here is a quick synopsis of Membee widgets and their capabilities

New Member Signup With Payment Integration

Automate the process of members joining your organization.

Searchable Event Calendar

Membee includes a searchable event calendar that you can embed in a page your website.

Automated Listing of Upcoming Events

Using Membee’s Event Feed feature, display list(s) of upcoming member events throughout your new site.

Event registration With Payment Integration

Your members and non-members can register for your events and meetings online and pay event registration fees using a credit card.

Self-Serve Member Profile Updates

With Membee, your members can view and update their profile information including address and contact information and other details you provide access to.

Online Membership Renewal With Payment Integration

Membee makes it straightforward to automatically send renewal notifications to your members and accept payment by credit card on your new website.At your option members’ credit cards can be automatically debited for membership renewal eliminating all effort required by you and your members.

Member Directory

Add a searchable directory to your website that is always up-to-date and keep detailed statistics on usage that you can report back to your members.

Automated Listing of New Members

Use this widget to automatically present a list of new members on your site. A click on a new member takes the site visitor to the new member’s listing in your member directory.

Member Username and Password Management

Membee provides a simple interface for members to set-up and maintain their usernames and passwords. The system is self-managing by making it easy for your members to change or retrieve their passwords themselves.

WordPress Provides World Class Content Management

A Membee designed website represents a tight integration between your membership system Membee and the world’s most popular website content management system, WordPress.  We thought we would take a moment here highlight a few of the advantages of WordPress itself.

Update Your Website Content Easily

Effective sites are current sites. We think that the largest contributor to the success of WordPress is its ease of use. It is simply not an accident that 77,000,000+ sites are managed in WordPress, by non-technical people from all walks of life… it is easy to use.

Click & Drag To Add or Remove Top Level Menu Options

Effective sites emphasize the right things. Major events are common and important in membership organizations. Changing top level (and secondary level too) menu choices in your new Membee website is as simple as a click and a drag to either add or remove a menu choice.

A Blog Is Key to Communicating Your Position in Important Issues

Effective sites take a position. You can maintain a Blog that’s completely integrated into your site design.  Plus, your members and website visitors can post comments, add an RSS feed of your posts to their favorite feed reader.

Display external RSS feeds on your website

Want to post an RSS feed from another website on a page on your website? WordPress makes it easy.  The feed is automatically updated, just set it and forgot it! A popular use of this feature is to embed your organization’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Visitors Can Search Your Website Content, Blog Posts, and PDFs

All of your website content and blog entries are fully searchable.

Search Engine-Friendly Page Features

SEO friendly Meta description, Meta tagging, and page permalinks are standard features on every page you create in the WordPress CMS. During development, we also optimize your new Membee website’s SEO by performing the following:

  • Fine tune WordPress privacy settings to encourage search engine visitation
  • Customize the Permalink settings to generate both site visitor and SEO friendly permalinks
  • Optimize the site code by removing unnecessary image links
Site Visitors Can Easily Share Your Content on Social Media

Built-in functionality allows site visitors to easily share your page content on all popular social media platforms.

Easily Post Photo Galleries

Get your members more engaged in your organization by sharing photos of your events and meetings on your website.

Page versioning reduces page editing risks

Sometimes a page needs to change for a limited period and then be changed back to its previous or perhaps an accidental change needs to be reversed. The Page Versioning feature makes it easy for the site administrator(s) to revert a page to a previous version.

Autosave Preserves Page Content

It has happened to all of us where you lose some carefully crafted content thanks to a power outage or an issue with your PC. The Autosave feature regularly saves your page revisions to minimize the loss in the event of an unforeseen incident.

Consider Guest Contributors

The content contributor settings in the WordPress Dashboard make it easy to consider the possibility of allowing guest contributors to post content to your new Membee website.

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Services We Provide In This Package

Membee offers affordable custom website design packages that fit today’s non-profit budgets.

Setup Your Hosting Account & WordPress

Set-up, secure,  and configure of your individual copy of your WordPress.

Perform a Detailed Needs Analysis

We perform a detailed site feature review with you to determine “what” the new site will do

  • A detailed review of the possible features brought to the site by WordPress itself
  • Tight integration with Membee – a detailed review of Membee’s extensive list of widgets designed to bring membership-specific features to your site

Draft the Website Specifications Document

After the detailed site feature review, we produce a detailed website specification document which contains your website’s site map and all the feature details. You approve the website specification document before we proceed.

A Collaborative Creative Design Process

We perform a creative and collaborative process with you to determine “how” the new site should look which creates a site design unique to the needs of your organization.

Engage Our Designer

We then thoroughly brief our designer by sharing both the Website SPecifications document and the detailed notes from the Creative Design process. He, in turn, translates your wishes into a modern, custom website designs.

We Present the Draft Composite Designs for Your Home Page

At a scheduled time, we present to with you 3 draft custom design sets to choose from that includes both the feature and design elements already reviewed. You will gravitate to one of the designs and we focus our efforts there.

Design Revision Based on Your Feedback

A two-round design revision process based on your feedback ensures that the selected design is polished and a tight fit to your needs.

We Present the Final Design

The final home page design is presented to you for formal approval. At that time, we present the corresponding design for all interior pages on your new website.

Establish the Site Navigation Structure

Configure the menu system to allow for easy changes to your new website’s navigation structure if required down the road.

  • No coding required! A drag-and-drop methodology to add or remove pages from the menu
  • Useful to emphasize pages for major events, initiatives, or seasonal projects
  • Supports a 2-level menu structure
  • Top level menu as a horizontal menu bar across the top (a maximum of 5-6 menu items is recommended for clean design)
  • Drop down secondary list of menu choices for each top level menu item

Establish Page Templates

Set up all necessary templates for your interior pages. This feature is key to your ability to easily maintain pages down the road.

Import & Setup Content Pages

We import up to 25 pages of your website content. You provide your web page content in MS-Word documents – one for each content page. At any time, you can create unlimited content pages.

Setup Two Information Gathering Forms

We set up 2 basic information gathering forms using a popular form builder WordPress plugin entitled Gravity Forms:

  • a maximum of 15 fields per form
  • a general contact form typically referred to as a “Contact Us” form
  • a form used for a purpose of your choosing
  • the site administrator will be informed via email of any form submissions
  • all form submissions available via the WordPress Dashboard
  • Build unlimited forms yourself

Insert Membee’s Widgets

We activate, configure, and style the Membee widgets (online events, directory, member profile, login, eBilling, etc.) you wish to utilize on your new website so that their appearance matches the overall site design.

Activate RSS & Social Media Sharing

Configure RSS syndication and social media so that sharing your website content is as easy as possible. This feature also contributes to the improvement of your site’s SEO ranking.

Mobile Device Compatibility

We fine tune the website’s responsive design to ensure that the designs optimally for viewing your site on a desktop, tablet, and smartphone device.

  • When viewed on a smartphone, your site arranges itself into a single column in this order (top to bottom)
    • Your Logo/Masthead
    • Site’s Header – Search and tertiary links
    • Main menu/navigation bar – the menu automatically becomes a drop list of all of the site’s menu links
    • Main Content area
    • Sidebar (if used in the design)
    • Footer

Establish Member Login

Integrate Membee’s Member Login plugin in your new WordPress website. You tell us if you wish to activate Membee’s social network login feature which would allow members to access any website feature behind member login using either their Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, or LinkedIn social network account

Setup Google Analytics as Your Site’s Traffic Evaluation Tool

Using your new website as an effective membership tool requires insight. We set up and configure Google Analytics for your new website which is simply the best tool for gathering and making sense of those insights…

Perform Browser Compatibility Testing

Perform site testing and optimization for these major browsers

  • Internet Explorer – current version
  • Microsoft Edge – current version
  • Firefox – current version
  • Chrome – current version
  • Safari – current version

Provide Site Administrator Training

Provide 2 X 1-hour online training/orientation session for your site administrator(s) so that they have the familiarity to keep your new site looking great for a long time.

Manage Your New Site’s Launch

We coordinate the launch of the new website on the designated launch day (always a Friday). We recommend you have full control of your domain(s) and their associated DNS settings through your own Registrar account.

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Website Implementation Process

Leadership

In short, you are in good hands. Our Website Implementation Coordinator has guided the development of nearly 100 websites for Membee client organizations. Her experience and insight will guide your new website to the best possible outcome. Here is what one organization had to say about her:

“I’m sure you already know that she provides Membee clients with outstanding service and expertise. Nevertheless, I wanted to tell you myself that I found her to be amazing.  By asking us many great questions and providing excellent information and examples, she divined what we wanted and needed – despite the fact that we ourselves had only a vague idea, at the outset. She was intuitive, knowledgeable, creative, thorough, patient, responsive, explained everything extremely well, and went the extra mile to ensure that the site meets our needs.”

Julie S. – Communications Director

Timeline

With over 15 years of experience in implementing websites for non-profits, Membee has designed a straightforward implementation process for our projects. The entire process generally takes between 12 and 16 weeks, including an allotment for scheduling time. The key steps in the website design process are as follows:

Week 1:
  • Setup your project in Membee’s project management system which is used to gather all communication, documents, and files pertaining to your new website
    • You tell us which of your staff members should have access to your project
  • A project kickoff meeting is held to establish the timeline for the project and the initial tasks
  • Project orientation meeting
  • Website sitemap is developed by you
Week 3 – 6
  • Website functionality determined in consultation with you – which Membee features and CMS features you wish to incorporate in the design
  • Website design process begins – using a series of examples to determine the design elements that will comprise the “look” of the new site
Week 7 – 11:
  • Website design samples (2 or 3) are presented to you for feedback and fine-tuning
  • You approve the final design
Week 12 – 16:
  • Website structure and page set-up begins
  • Testing of website occurs
  • Website administration orientation for your site administrator
  • Website is launched

As with all software implementation and website design projects, both parties in the project will be required to reach certain deadlines in order for the process to follow within the timeline noted above.

Simply due to scheduling issues, there may be a several week delay before beginning your project.

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Unlimited Website Hosting Package

Membee offers a low cost “unlimited” hosting package that covers the needs of most associations and non-profits. We do insist that you utilize this package rather than hosting your site on your own so that we can support your new website.

The hosting package of hosting services includes:

  • Unlimited number of web pages.
  • Unlimited server storage for website content, pages, blog entries, photos, videos, etc.
  • Unlimited bandwidth usage per month.
  • Hosting infrastructure includes
    • Site served on the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) – HTTPS
      • This is important because serving your website on SSL improves your new website’s SEO ranking
    • Server side specialized caching developed specifically for WordPress so that your pages load as fast as possible
      • This is important because page load speed improves your new website’s SEO ranking.
    • Fully redundant hardware and bandwidth managed by SiteGround
    • Weekly backups of your site
      • Backups are intended for the recovering from the unlikely occurrence of website data corruption or failure resulting from an issue with CMS or its supporting hardware infrastructure
    • Full monitoring 24X7X365

Fast Track Design

The Fast Track Design package was developed for organizations who required a professional website quickly at a minimal cost that allows them to take advantage of all of Membee’s feature.

Sample Sites

Here are some samples of organizations using the Fast Track Design package:

• Bancroft & District Chamber of Commerce – http://www.bancroftdistrict.com/

• Ohio Afterschool Network – http://www.ohioafterschoolnetwork.org/

• Exceleration Triathlon and Multisport – http://www.excelerationtriclub.ca/

• Pacific Northwest Regional Council of NAHRO – http://www.pnrcnahro.org/

• London & Area Jeep Owners Club – http://www.londonjeepclub.org/

• Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG) – http://musicoclcusers.org/

• Logistics Officer Association – http://atloa.org/

• Kamloops Arts Council – http://kamloopsarts.ca/

• Alberta Child Care Association – http://albertachildcareassociation.com/

• Cupertino Chamber of Commerce – http://cupertino-chamber.org/

• Network of Arab-American Professionals – http://www.naaponline.org/

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Why Use Membee to Develop Your New Site?

Website developers and content management systems are commonplace so why use Membee to manage your site? Two key reasons:

  1. Your organization is unique. Your is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to serve its members and key constituents. Designing an effective membership-centric website requires a deep understanding of what drives the relationship between your organization and its membership.
  2. Your website’s importance as a membership recruitment and retention tool will continue to grow. Continually tightening the integration between your membership database and your website will produce a richer experience for your members and hence enhance the image of your brand while reducing the workload on your administrative staff.

A Ton of Experience Developing Only Membership Websites

An “off the shelf” website can certainly address your needs to some degree. Let’s take a moment to examine how a Membee-managed website will take your Internet presence to a new level.

With more than 15 years of experience building websites exclusively for membership based organizations, in Canada, USA, Australia, and New Zealand, we’ve become specialists in developing websites for membership-based organizations to achieve four objectives:

  • A modern, responsive website design that allows you to maintain one website that looks great and performs well on desktop, tablet, and smartphone browsers.
  • Attract new members – an easy to navigate modern design creates that positive initial impression that is key to enhancing their interest in your organization.
  • Better promote existing members – Membee’s new membership directory provides the best opportunity for members to describe and promote them or their business.
  • Add value to their membership
    • By offering new member-specific features in your new site
    • Providing timely useful content on your new site
    • Distributing access your new content to the member via RSS feeds and social media tools

Tight Integration Makes for a Great Member Experience

Put our inside and exclusive knowledge of Membee to work through tight integration between your new website and Membee:

  • Seamless new member signup complete with
    • payment processing
    • automated template-driven welcome emails
    • Automated renewal billing setup for minimal staff involvement
  • Easier access to member events and increased member registration
  • Promote events automatically throughout your new site using Membee’s Event Feed
  • Utilize undocumented features in Membee’s membership directory to drive consumer inquiries directly to a member or group of members (all members in a specific category or location as examples)
  • Position Membee’s Member Profile feature on your new site in a manner that encourages members to maintain their own member information

Utilize the World’s Most Popular CMS – WordPress

By teaming with the world’s most popular website content management system (CMS) – WordPress, a richer experience is available to your members. A bit about WordPress:

  • 21.6% of all websites globally are managed in WordPress – 7 times more websites in WordPress as compared to its nearest competitor (Joomla at 3.1%)
  • 77,000,000 websites managed in WordPress
  • Over 40,000 add-ons and plugins where the majority are free to bring a wide array of features and capabilities to your Membee designed site
  • A flexible design architecture allows when needed, the development of custom workflows and capabilities on your website
  • Most importantly, WordPress is easy to use which means your new website will more up-to-date simply because making changes is easier. A key to your site’s ongoing appeal a year or two after its launch is the ease with which non-technical staff in your organization can quickly and easily update and modify the site
  • If advertising revenue is a consideration for your new site, we recommend using the AdRotate advertising management WordPress plugin (additional fees will apply). A couple things to keep in mind if considering advertising on your new Membee site:
    • Ads should be presented “tastefully” on the new site so a decision to present advertising opportunities should be made before work begins on the new site’s design
    • Take some time to consider if offering advertising on your new site will bring new advertisers to your organization or possibly “poach” revenues from some of your existing programs
    • Since AdRotate is a plugin within WordPress itself, this adds the convenience of managing both your site content and your ads in one location – the WordPress Dashboard.

Member Login Restricts Access to Content Only to Members

An essential element of a membership website is the ability to allow only members to access certain content and features. Membee has developed its own custom login management plugin for WordPress that provides you with the following capabilities:

  • All aspects of issuing, managing, and when needed, revoking member access to protected areas of your website are handled within Membee itself.
  • Changes in a member’s login status (perhaps you just revoked their access) is instantly synchronized with your WordPress site
  • Marking a new web page as “members only” can be done in a single mouse click within the WordPress editor
  • “Single sign-on” for the member means that they can login once using their Membee-managed username and password and
    • Access members only content and features
    • Access members only event pricing
    • Access and modify their member profile (including their listings in the online membership directory)
    • Access and pay membership renewal invoices
  • Thanks to Membee’s tight integration with WordPress your Membee site will manage (so your staff don’t have to)
    • Lost member passwords
    • Allowing members to change their password
    • Social Network integration will increase member engagement by allowing your members to use their Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or Twitter identities to access:
      • Members only content on your new site
      • Members only event pricing
      • Their member profile (including their listings in the online membership directory)
      • Access and pay membership renewal invoices
    • You decide which social network identities you will allow members to use on your new Membee website
    • If the member has an active browser session open to their selected Social Network and then navigate to your new Membee site, your site will already be aware of the member and will not require the member to login to any “members only” content or features

One Tool and One Vendor

No more “he said she said”. Our seasoned support team will now support your new site as well as your day-to-day usage of Membee

Fixed Package Pricing

We are offering your new Membee site as a fixed price package. We are often asked why we can offer a site at a fixed price when most website developers provide price estimates and ranges.

There are three reasons:

  • First, we’ve built membership sites for a long time and we know what should and should not be included. That knowledge helps us to nail down the price.
  • Second, we are very specific about what is included in the package and we include in the package the features and services necessary to create the site that positions you in the manner you desire.
  • Third, we don’t do “bulk” website development. Each site must be unique to the organization and we have evolved a process of achieving that quality and uniqueness inside the package pricing model.

By the way, while rare, we can add capabilities onto the package if needed but our goal is to remove the uncertainty so you know exactly what you’re getting and at what price.

To receive pricing details for the Fast Track Design package, click here to contact us.

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Key Website Features

Membee is pleased to offer our newly enhanced website design services to your organization. We have made a number of enhancements that are intended to make the website development process more efficient and more affordable than ever.

Effective Membership Services Delivered by Membee

Since a large portion of your new website’s capabilities and features come from Membee itself, it makes sense to first work with you to answer the question “what do you want your new site to do?”. All Membee website packages include a needs analysis process whereby we work with you to determine which of Membee’s widgets are appropriate for your new website. Here is a quick synopsis of Membee widgets and their capabilities

New Member Signup With Payment Integration

Automate the process of members joining your organization.

Searchable Event Calendar

Membee includes a searchable event calendar that you can embed in a page your website.

Automated Listing of Upcoming Events

Using Membee’s Event Feed feature, display list(s) of upcoming member events throughout your new site.

Event registration With Payment Integration

Your members and non-members can register for your events and meetings online and pay event registration fees using a credit card.

Self-Serve Member Profile Updates

With Membee, your members can view and update their profile information including address and contact information and other details you provide access to.

Online Membership Renewal With Payment Integration

Membee makes it straightforward to automatically send renewal notifications to your members and accept payment by credit card on your new website.At your option members’ credit cards can be automatically debited for membership renewal eliminating all effort required by you and your members.

Member Directory

Add a searchable directory to your website that is always up-to-date and keep detailed statistics on usage that you can report back to your members.

Automated Listing of New Members

Use this widget to automatically present a list of new members on your site. A click on a new member takes the site visitor to the new member’s listing in your member directory.

Member Username and Password Management

Membee provides a simple interface for members that sets-up and maintains their usernames and passwords. The system is self-managing by making it easy for your members to change or retrieve their passwords themselves.

WordPress Provides World Class Content Management

A Membee designed website represents a tight integration between your membership system Membee and the world’s most popular website content management system, WordPress.  We thought we would take a moment here highlight a few of the advantages of WordPress itself.

Update Your Website Content Easily

Effective sites are current sites. We think that the largest contributor to the success of WordPress is its ease of use. It is simply not an accident that 77,000,000+ sites are managed in WordPress, by non-technical people from all walks of life… it is easy to use.

Click & Drag To Add or Remove Top Level Menu Options

Effective sites emphasize the right things. Major events are common and important in membership organizations. Changing top level (and secondary level too) menu choices in your new Membee website is as simple as a click and a drag to either add or remove a menu choice.

A Blog Is Key to Communicating Your Position in Important Issues

Effective sites take a position. You can maintain a Blog that’s completely integrated into your site design.  Plus, your members and website visitors can post comments, add an RSS feed of your posts to their favorite feed reader.

Display external RSS feeds on your website

Want to post an RSS feed from another website on a page on your website? WordPress makes it easy.  The feed is automatically updated, just set it and forgot it! A popular use for this feature is to embed your organization’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Visitors Can Search Your Website Content & Blog Posts

All of your website content and blog entries are fully searchable.

Search Engine-Friendly Page Features

SEO friendly Meta description, Meta tagging and page permalinks are a standard features in every page you create in the WordPress CMS. During development, we also optimize your new Membee website’s SEO by performing the following:

  • Fine tune WordPress privacy settings to encourage search engine visitation
  • Customize the Permalink settings to generate both site visitor and SEO friendly permalinks
  • Optimize the site code by removing unnecessary image links
Site Visitors Can Easily Share Your Content on Social Media

Built-in functionality allows site visitors to easily share your page content on all popular social media platforms.

Page versioning reduces page editing risks

Sometimes a page needs to change for a limited period and then be changed back to its previous or perhaps an accidental change needs to be reversed. The Page Versioning feature makes it easy for the site administrator(s) to revert a page to a previous version.

Autosave Preserves Page Content

It has happened to all of us where you lose some carefully crafted content thanks to a power outage or an issue with your PC. The Autosave feature regularly saves you page revisions to minimize the loss in the event of an unforeseen incident.

Consider Guest Contributors

The content contributor settings in the WordPress Dashboard make it easy to consider the possibility of allowing guest contributors to post content to your new Membee website.

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Services We Provide In This Package

Membee offers affordable custom website design packages that fit today’s non-profit budgets.

Setup Your Hosting Account & WordPress

Set-up, secure,  and configure of your individual copy of your WordPress.

Establish the Site Navigation Structure

Configure the menu system to allow for easy changes to your new website’s navigation structure if required down the road.

  • A maximum of 6 top-level menu choices
    • You tell us what you would like these menu choices to be called
  • No coding required! A drag-and-drop methodology to add or remove pages from the menu
  • Useful to emphasize pages for major events, initiatives, or seasonal projects
  • Supports a 2-level menu structure
  • Top level menu as a horizontal menu bar across the top (a maximum of 5-6 menu items is recommended for clean design)
  • Drop down secondary list of menu choices for each top level menu item

Configure the Featured Area

In the prime center top position on your homepage is an image slider that used to highlight events, projects, or initiatives that your organization wishes to draw attention to.  You supply us with:

  • 4 clear and high-resolution images
  • 4 captions for each image

Import & Setup Content Pages

We import up to 10 pages of your website content. You provide your web page content in MS-Word documents – one for each content page. At any time, you can create unlimited pages.

Setup the Contact Us Form

We set up and activate a “Contact Us” form on your website so site visitors can get in touch with you. The form includes a Captcha to reduce spam and you tell us who you want to be notified when a site visitor submits the form.:

Insert Membee’s Widgets

We activate, configure, and style the Membee widgets (online events, directory, member profile, login, eBilling, etc.) you wish to utilize on your new website so that their appearance matches the overall site design.

Activate RSS & Social Media Sharing

Configure RSS syndication and social media so that sharing your website content is as easy as possible. This feature also contributes to the improvement of your site’s SEO ranking.

Mobile Device Compatibility

We fine tune the website’s responsive design to ensure that the design designs optimally for viewing your site on a desktop, tablet, and smartphone device.

  • When viewed on a smartphone, your site arranges itself into a single column in this order (top to bottom)
    • Your Logo/Masthead
    • Site’s Header – Search and tertiary links
    • Main menu/navigation bar – the menu automatically becomes a drop list of all of the site’s menu links
    • Main Content area
    • Sidebar (if used in the design)
    • Footer

Establish Member Login

Integrate Membee’s Member Login plugin in your new WordPress website. You tell us if you wish to activate Membee’s social network login feature which would allow members to access any website feature behind member login using either their Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, or LinkedIn social network account

Setup Google Analytics as Your Site’s Traffic Evaluation Tool

Using your new website as an effective membership tool requires insight. We set up and configure Google Analytics for your new website which is simply the best tool for gathering and making sense of those insights…

Provide Site Administrator Training

Provide a 1-hour online training/orientation session for your site administrator(s) so that they have the familiarity to keep your new site looking great for a long time.

Manage Your New Site’s Launch

We coordinate the launch of the new website on the designated launch day (always a Friday). We recommend you have full control of your domain(s) and their associated DNS settings through your own Registrar account.

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Timeline

With over 15 years of experience in implementing websites for non-profits, Membee has designed a straightforward implementation process for our projects. The entire process generally takes between 3 and 6 weeks…

As with all software implementation and website design projects, both parties in the project will be required to reach certain deadlines in order for the process to follow within the timeline noted above.

Simply due to scheduling issues, there may be a delay before beginning your project.

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Unlimited Website Hosting Package

Membee offers a low cost “unlimited” hosting package that covers the needs of most associations and non-profits. We do insist that you utilize this package rather than hosting your site on your own so that we can support your new website.

The hosting package of hosting services includes:

  • Unlimited number of web pages.
  • Unlimited server storage for website content, pages, blog entries, photos, videos, etc.
  • Unlimited bandwidth usage per month.
  • Hosting infrastructure includes
    • Site served on the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) – HTTPS
      • This is important because serving your website on SSL improves your new website’s SEO ranking
    • Server side specialized caching developed specifically for WordPress so that your pages load as fast as possible
      • This is important because page load speed improves your new website’s SEO ranking.
    • Fully redundant hardware and bandwidth managed by SiteGround
    • Weekly backups of your site
      • Backups are intended for the recovering from the unlikely occurrence of website data corruption or failure resulting from an issue with CMS or its supporting hardware infrastructure
    • Full monitoring 24X7X365
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