Thanks to the number of amazing SaaS products out there online, creating a really great website isn’t the crazy tech nightmare that it was even just 10 years ago.
It seems that better and better products are coming out all of the time. Which is closing that gap between website creation only being for full time web designers and something that anyone who can click a mouse can do.
5 years ago I created the website BootCraft by myself using some of these tools. I still maintain and create anything new on there today. In this post I thought I’d share what exactly is under the hood of the membership area.
I run on WordPress hosted by SiteGround and with a theme from StudioPress. I heavily customised the site with help from Toolset and custom CSS.
Memberful powers my sign up process, takes payments and handles the membership security.
Circle is a new addition which powers the community area so we can move off of Facebook Groups. I was using Intercom for chat but it wasn’t getting used much so we’re trying out the new community area.
ConvertKit handles the bi-monthly newsletter. Also thanks to Memberful syncs up who on my mailing list is a member and who is not.
Some useful WordPress plugins I use for this site are PrintFriendly for PDFs, Thrive Architect for extra customisations and WordPress Popular Posts for trending items.
BootCraft uses more tools and plugins than other sites I have, but that’s because it needs to do more and it needs to do something unusual (search a database of group fitness workouts). You don’t need all of these tools to make your own website. In fact many new platforms will handle your email, website and membership site so you don’t have to worry about all this stuff.
The point of this article is twofold. 1) So that I can look back in the future and see what I was using if anything ever changes and 2) to hopefully show you that if I can do it, anyone can, you just need some determination and tools.