Do you distrust guys who say they can make you your own website? Are you just curious about how paysites are made?
There are many reasons and uses to have a pay area on your site. First of all, if you have tons of pics which arent quite portfolio quality but which you hate going to waste on your hard drive, at least they have the potential to make money if you have a pay area of your site. Secondly, if you have fans who constantly ask to see more pics, you should be making them happy while making pocket change for yourself! Thirdly, but certainly not lastly, why not??

Heres how to make a basic website, with a basic members area. Its not rocket science, and costs only around $9-$12 per month (depending on if you pay monthly or yearly, or apply any discount codes).

First, you need to go and buy yourself a domain name, if you havent. Go to Active-Domain.com and be sure to add the who is proof privacy protection for an extra 2 or 3 bucks. You can also get a domain name through CertifiedHosting, free (depending on the offer), but to make it private will cost extra.

Then, you need to set up hosting. Get this from CertifiedHosting. They are adult friendly and Ive used them for years. I recommend the Geek Plan to start with.

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After you get a hosting plan, you will need to point your domain name servers to CertifiedHosting.

If you ordered from Active-Domain theyll send you to your control panel on domainpanel.com. After clicking on your domain name, it will look like this just click update name servers and type in the host information that hostgator sent you (it should be something like this: NS123.certifiedhosting.com )




After that, you need to sit and wait for about a day, or overnight. Sometimes a few hours. This gives the server time to tell the whole world wide web that your domain exists.

To access your control panel, you will go to yourdomain.com/cpanel if youre using CertifiedHosting.

In cpanel, you will see a techie looking interface like this:




Youre looking for Softalicious, or install WordPress which is where you install WordPress from.

See WordPress in the sidebar? For your free area, you want to install WordPress in the root directory so dont make a subdirectory! Fill in the blanks and the prompts and then you will have installed WordPress. If you need help with this part, I can do a free WordPress install (no customization) provided that youve successfully clicked the CertifiedHosting link and Ive gotten credit for referring you or you can google how to install WordPress or ask the friendly folks at CertifiedHosting for help.

Now, your WordPress site will look pretty generic so you will need a pretty theme. My favorite place for themes is ElegantThemes.com - for one low price ($39) you get access to all their themes for a year. I like them because their themes are easy to customize, compatible on all devices (iphones, androids, computers, macs, Internet Explorer, FireFox, etc), and theyre elegant. My members area was on an ElegantThemes theme for a long time, as my previous design of this site. WooThemes.com is my other favorite site for free WordPress themes (this free area is currently using a premium theme from Themify). Ive been having fun with the themes from Themify.me, which run between $39 (for 1 theme) and $89 (for all their themes).

I could write a ton on how to customize WordPress, but, staying on topic, this is just covering the basics of how to make a basic site with a members area. Dont forget to install a stats tracking plugin, though, so you can tell where people are coming from I like JetPack.

Making your members area
This is the part that so many people are scared of but dont be! Its as easy as 2 clicks and repeating the basic WordPress installation steps above!

Now, alot of people like to use subdirectories for their members areas. This is the traditional way. I am scared that itll get confused with WordPress directories, so I make a subdomain for my members. Since writing this first version, I have been advised by Zombaio that subdirectories are more compatible with their automatic payment processing script.

From your cpanel, find subdomains. Create a new subdomain called something like members so it will be members.yoursite.com. Go back to Fantastico. Install WordPress in that subdomain. Install and customize a pretty theme.

Now, this is where it gets questionably secure. Before most payment processors will accept you, you will need some content in your members area. The easy thing to do is to not password protect your members subdomain, and hope that nobody surfs on it. If youre using theRude.com content embeds, your site will be up quicker and its harder to steal (I think). I would recommend password protecting your members area, while youre building it out.

From cpanel, go to password protect directories. Your subdomain will show up as a folder. Click it and follow the prompts. This is how mine looks and see, CertifiedHosting even has a video tutorial on exactly how to do this!




So, now that is done. The hard part is upon you post your members content and finish making your site pretty! You can extend WordPress, in your members area (or free area) to have chat, forums, link exchanges, and more. I really love WordPress because of the tremendous potential to extend it.

For security purposes: under settings reading click: For each article in a feed, show Summary. You do NOT want members being able to forward your updates to others! Underneath that option, click Discourage search engines from indexing this site.

If youre just looking to make photo galleries, the easiest way to create these is by using the posts without any additional plugins (although a lightbox is a nice touch, the lightbox/carousel that comes with JetPack is very adequate).

Your members videos and WordPress (this is the hardest part)

In browser streaming is a huge PIA. If youve never touched wordpress, I recommend just making a screenshot of your video clip and linking to wherever youve uploaded it (in the members subdomain). Streaming video can be the hardest part of using WordPress for your members site. I pay for the video embed plugin available from iThemes.com but there are others which are free. I would look for HTML5 video plugins that allow self hosted videos (some only work with Youtube). Lately Ive been using a plugin called wp-filebase, which works just as good as Ithemes video player, but is free (although not html5).

If your files are smaller than 64 megs, then you should be able to upload them within WordPress. Otherwise: To upload videos into your members area, go into file manager in cPanel, and navigate to your members subdomain (which will show up as a directory). If you are NOT using wp-filebase: Create a file called clips or something this keeps everything in one place and organized. You can even create this file in wp-content which will ensure that your clips dont accidentally get fucked with if you make a page called clips. If you are using Wp-Filebase: the path to your uploads will look like yoursite.com/members-area/wp-content/uploads/filebase and if you made any categories, they will show up as folders.

You can try this, pasted in the HTML tab:



OR, you can use Filebases shortcode generator from within the editor when you click add new post.

For your videos to be cross browser compatible, youre going to want to make sure theyre in MP4 format (h264). If youre going for HD videos, around 5000 megabits is a good compression, but you can still get good quality videos (and much smaller) at 1000 mbps.

If you just want to let your members download your clips, its SO MUCH easier. Link to the video files like you would anything else.

Finally!

Once you have some content in your members area, then you need to get approved by a 3rd party company such as Zombaio, CcBill, or Verotel tickets club. These companies all have password protection systems and will install and set you up to accept new members for free!

That is how to make an attractive pay to access website with WordPress in a nutshell. You cant really mess up the design of an already attractive template up too bad, so theres no excuses for poorly designed websites.

As you can see, your domain name and hosting per year will cost under $150, and possibly as low as $60-100. If you use a free WordPress theme and free plugins, you can keep your yearly costs super cheap! That's only $6 - $12 per month.

For more WordPress info, you should check out these links, which is where I send my clients anyway:



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TinaxXxHeart Superstar
February 14, 2014 - 17:21

Do you know how to enable Zombaio into your wordpress pay site...???

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KaitlinK Goddess
February 14, 2014 - 20:31

I just use the code that you can generate for pay buttons through zombaio's admin area. I do not use the wp-zombaio plugin.

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cosmicmo Goddess
February 16, 2014 - 15:34

Hi TinaXxHeart Take a look there

Hope would be good for you

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KaitlinK Goddess
February 16, 2014 - 16:44

Ya- after you get the members content set up, you just ask them to install the script. You will need to give their customer service root access- the easiest thing to do is just to give them access to your cpanel, unless you know how to make an ftp account with root access (not to the public_html or www directory where it usually defaults to - but to the one UNDER that, which is your "root" directory).

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MichelleDeTX Hero
February 17, 2014 - 16:31

AWESOME!!!!

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AnikaSnow Hero
February 17, 2014 - 23:22

Anyone have any recommendations for WP members plug-ins?

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KaitlinK Goddess
February 17, 2014 - 23:56

I'm not familiar with members WP plugins. The Wp-zombaio looks interesting. What I like about this method I described, with 2 separate installations of WordPress, is that it is secure and fairly straightforward... it doesn't even have to be a wordpress site as long as you put your members stuff in a members/private directory or folder, and then let Zombaio install their password protection and payment processing script.

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DaisyRay Overlord
February 18, 2014 - 14:45

Great article, very informative. Thanks so much.

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isam Wizard
February 22, 2014 - 0:43

wow. thank you for the heads up

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BCharlee Hero
February 26, 2014 - 11:34

this is amazing! you literally just inspired me to make a paysite part of my site. i love you!

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PurrrfectPet Graduate
March 7, 2014 - 0:07

Thank U! I'm hoping with some help from a close friend, I'll be able to do this! Had someone else that said they would create me one(for free,lol), but was gonna cost me $350 to get the domain/hosting up and running! Wtf? That amt is not what I can afford right now. I luv this site!! Everyone here is so helpful and full of info!!! Thank u to everyone!

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isam Wizard
March 13, 2014 - 8:40

AWESOME article. Thanks much

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PurrrfectPet Graduate
March 28, 2014 - 4:10

I have domain, purchased server plan and down loaded wordpress. Is there anyway I can get your personal help and I am not sure if I gave you credit with my sign up. Totally brand new to this but inspired to get it done. Help! Please!

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femanonymiss Graduate
April 16, 2014 - 22:26

Very helpful tips.

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deeppinkwet Expert
July 11, 2016 - 11:26

OMG so informative! Thanks!Smiley (H)

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bossbabe Experienced
September 30, 2019 - 14:46

whre to host so many videos? not any hoster allowed this?

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adultkreative Beginner
September 24, 2020 - 18:34

Hello I am a programmer, I develop websites of all kinds I have great experience in the adult sector I am available to "help FREE" friends with their projects

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