‘Magic Members’ Plugin Turns WordPress into a Membership Site

If people are willing to pay for single articles, buy a recurring subscription or become a member with or without restricting access to your content, you need a little magic to manage payment and renewals.

Magic Members WordPress Membership Plugin With a WordPress CMS-driven Website it is only a matter of finding the right plugin – and there are a lot to choose from – to start up a paid content or membership site. I started searching and came across a great post by Kevin Eklund. He revues more than a dozen of the best premium or free WordPress membership plugins available and includes them in a sort-by-features table that makes it really easy to narrow down the field by selected criteria.

After a good deal of study and evaluation, I am now bench-testing what I feel to be the best one, Magic Members Plugin at a client site under development. The plugin developer’s Website has a great collection of instructional videos. The company also offers another plugin that will manage an affiliate sales campaign, one that provides a key missing-ingredient in the WP E-commerce Shopping cart.

I will continue to expand this post as I gain more hands-on experience, but I think this is a feature-rich application, backed by an impressive array of support resources.

Weibo is Chinese for Microblog, Adding a Million New Users a Month

…by comparison, it took Twitter nearly 30 months to attract the same number of users.

China’s version of Twitter is Sina’s Weibo. Currently the leading microbloging site, Weibo is experiencing phenomenal growth since it started about 10 months ago. Weibo currently has approximately 10 million users, averaging to 1 million new users per month.

More celebrities in China are taking to microblogging to promote themselves. China Daily reports on Sina Weibo’s Top 10 celebrities. And here’s a comparison Twitter vs. Weibo: the most followed users.

Weibo has also indirectly received the official seal of approval from the Chinese government earlier this month by being mentioned in an official White Paper on the Internet -probably due to it’s strict compliance with certain dictates regarding censorship. Weibo can and will delete any comments that are politically critical of the government. A few Twitter-like services had emerged in China before Weibo. Predecessors that include Fanfou, Jiwai, Digu and Twitter were all banned in July, 2009 after ethnic unrest in Xinjiang was blamed, in part, on activists spreading their messages on the Web through Twitter.

It sounds like Weibo has a lot of great features that make it much more popular than Twitter will ever be in China. Much like Twitter in that you can post messages of 140 characters, each one is a word in Chinese so you can say much more – not to mention the fact that Chinese, by its very nature is a much more efficient language. Here are 7 other things Sina Microblog (Weibo) has that Twitter doesn’t.

If you’re really globally hip, there’s even a WordPress plugin that will  Get Your Sina Weibo feed and insert it into your WordPress blog.

Ushi is China’s LinkedIn…

Shanghai-based Ushi was founded by 100 Charter Members who are successful business leaders in China, including partners of the most famous VC firms, investment banks, law firms, and accounting firms, as well as CEOs of advertising agencies, luxury brands, and leading companies in Internet, mobile, renewable energy, travel, hotel, real estate and other industries. As such, Ushi aims to be China’s top platform for business networking, featuring the highest quality community and opening up the highest quality opportunities for members.