The Membership Manager add-on enables you to manage and automate the join and renewal process for members and to administer the access of members to restricted content on your website. It also provides access to invoice management.
How to Install Membership Manager
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How to Set Up Membership Types
When you are logged on as an Administrator, you will click on the ADMIN button, and then you will click on the MANAGE ADD-ONS folder. Next click on the MEMBERSHIP MANAGER folder and finally click on MEMBERSHIP TYPES. From here you will see a list of all available membership types. Click ADD to include a new membership type. Information necessary to set up the membership type includes:
Details Tab: Here you will enter the name of the membership group, the maximum number of individuals and/or companies that can be associated with an account of this type, and a description of the membership type.
Pricing Tab: Here you will enter the membership price to join this group.
Fulfillment Tab: Here you will specify if anyone needs to be notified upon fulfillment of an order and which group should be notified.
Subscription/Renewal Tab: Here you will enter information about membership renewals, such as the expiration period type (calendar or periodic), number of days or months until expiration, and month of expiration (if duration type is set to calendar). You will also set the group that this member type is added to. Click here to learn more about how to add new groups to the system.
- Periodic memberships are those that end after the specified number of days or months after the initial purchase.
- Calendar memberships start in a month that you specify and must be renewed the following year before that month. When a customer pays for renewal of a membership based on a calendar year, their expiration date will be updated. However, if they pay for an additional year more than 6 months before the current membership expires, it will be applied to the current membership period.
You can also choose to automatically renew memberships by clicking on the “Renew on expiration” box. If you choose this option, you will set a renewal price and the number of days before expiration that a bill is sent, as well as the grace period for bill payment before their memberships becomes inactive.
Purchase Tab: Here you will check the box if you want custom copy on the receipt for this membership type and enter the custom text you want on the invoices sent to members in this group.
Click OK when you are done entering information to save changes.
How to Edit Membership Types
You can edit a membership type by clicking on the MEMBERSHIP MANAGER folder and then on MEMBERSHIP TYPES. From here you will see a list of all available membership types. Click on the paper/pencil icon next to the name of the membership type you want to edit. You can make changes to any of the information that you input when you added the membership type. Click SAVE when you are done making changes.
When prospective members create new accounts online, you can specify whether you want them to become ACTIVE or PENDING after paying their bill. If you want to approve memberships before they can become active, go to ADMIN, MEMBERSHIP MANAGER and MEMBERSHIP MANAGER SETTINGS and make sure the box is NOT checked. To automatically make members ACTIVE after bill payment, without the need for approval, check the box under settings and click OK to save changes.
How to Create New Accounts
Prospective members create new accounts online by filling out a registration form. To access this form, click the REGISTER or JOIN button on the website. After entering all required information, including payment information, click NEXT to access the thank you screen.
If the member pays by credit card, and your MEMBERSHIP MANAGER SETTINGS require you to authorize new accounts, they are added as a member with a PENDING status. To move them to an ACTIVE status, go to ADMIN, click on the MEMBERSHIP MANAGER FOLDER and then click MEMBERSHIP MANAGER. Click on the PENDING choice and all PENDING accounts will be displayed. Click on a specific account and choose ACTIVE from the drop down list for status. Click OK to save the change.
If the member pays by credit card and you have chosen automatic activation in MEMBERSHIP MANAGER SETTINGS, then they are added as an ACTIVE member.
If the member chooses to pay by check, they are added as a non-member. They are moved to PENDING or ACTIVE status (depending on your MEMBERSHIP MANAGER SETTINGS) with the MEMBERSHIP TYPE specified when joining once you have received their check and you have marked them as paid.
To mark the invoice as paid, log in and go to ADMIN. Click on the MANAGE ADD-ONS folder. Next click on the MEMBERSHIP MANAGER folder and then click on MEMBERSHIP MANAGER. From here you will click on the INVOICE MANAGER tab. At the top of the page select TOOLS and then click on ENTER PAYMENTS. Select the account from the drop down menu. You can then enter the check number and amount. Click OK to save changes.
If a prospective member sends in a paper application, you can create the new account by logging out and clicking the REGISTER button to fill out the public join form. Make sure you are logged out so that you are not changing information on your individual account.
How to Find Information about Member Accounts
When you are logged on as an Administrator, you will click on the ADMIN button, and from the ADMIN page you will click on the MANAGE ADD-ONS folder. Next click on the MEMBERSHIP MANAGER folder and finally click on MEMBERSHIP MANAGER.
Displaying Account Information: The ACCOUNTS tab lists all accounts that meet the criteria you have selected from the menu on the left of the list. Options include ALL ACCOUNTS (not just memberships) or MEMBERSHIPS, where you can choose to include ALL, ACTIVE, EXPIRED, DEACTIVATED or PENDING.
To get detailed information for a particular account, click on the NAME for that account. This opens a record, which provides the account name, account status, primary contact, billing contact, membership type, join date and expiration date. You can edit the account name, contact information, membership type or status; click SAVE when you are done making changes.
NOTE: To change the expiration date on an account, you must first click on the box that says "Clear the expiration date.." and then click OK. This will remove the current expiration date and associated recurring purchase for the membership renewal. You will then be able to edit the member's expiration date. Once you enter the new expiration date, click OK to save the change. At this time a new recurring purchase will be set up to renew membership at the time of the updated expiration date.
If you click on the NOTES tab, you can add information to track membership activity. To add a NOTE, click ADD and type the text of the note. You can highlight this note/account by clicking on the ALERT box. This account will then be highlighted in yellow until you get rid of the alert by clicking on it and then hitting the CLEAR SELECTED ALERTS button.
You can also see which organizations and people are associated with this particular account by clicking on the ORGANIZATIONS or PEOPLE tabs.
How to Export Information about Members
When you are logged on as an Administrator, you will click on the ADMIN button, and from the ADMIN page you will click on MANAGE USERS and then PEOPLE. You will see a list of all people in your database. To get information about a specific member group, click on the FILTERS >> at the left of the list, and then click on the member group you want information about. To choose which fields of information you want, click on SET COLUMNS and then click ADD by any fields you want to add, and click DEL on any fields that you don’t need right now. Click OK and then click on EXPORT.
Here you will set the file name, choose the format and click REQUEST DOWNLOAD. To retrieve the information, from the ADMIN menu, click on TOOLS, then DOWNLOAD MANAGER. You will see a list of all downloaded files. Find yours, and when it is ready, you can click on AVAILABLE to download the information.
How to Create Membership Accounts for People Already in Your Database
The IMPORT TOOL tab allows you to create membership accounts from people records already in your database. The name of the account is created from the first and last name in the current people record; all new accounts are set to bill through email.
Click on the MANAGE ADD-ONS folder. Next click on the MEMBERSHIP MANAGER folder and then click on MEMBERSHIP MANAGER. From here you will click on the IMPORT TOOL tab.
Using this tool you will select the group that contains the specific members you want to import. You will also specify whether or not to create a recurring purchase or to check for duplicates. You may also select the field in your database that contains the membership type for each person and the membership expiration date. Click CREATE MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNTS when you have entered all required information.
How to Close Accounts
Click on the MANAGE ADD-ONS folder. Next click on the MEMBERSHIP MANAGER folder and then click on MEMBERSHIP MANAGER. From here you will click on the INVOICE MANAGER tab. You will see a list of all accounts or only open accounts if you check the OPEN ONLY box. To close any accounts, click the check box by the account name and click on CLOSE ACCOUNT from the menu.
How to Deactivate Accounts
Click on the MANAGE ADD-ONS folder. Next click on the MEMBERSHIP MANAGER folder and then click on MEMBERSHIP MANAGER. You will see a list of all accounts of the type specified in the menu to the left of the list. To deactivate an account, click on the account name and choose DEACTIVATED from the drop down menu in the STATUS field.
To access available membership reports, when you are logged on as an Administrator, you will click on the ADMIN button, and from the ADMIN page you will click on the MANAGE ADD-ONS folder. Next click on the MEMBERSHIP MANAGER folder and finally click on MEMBERSHIP MANAGER and then click on the REPORTS tab. Available reports are listed below; to access them click on the report name from the REPORTS tab.
MEMBERSHIPS BY TYPE
Shows the total number of memberships by type as of the current date.
MEMBERSHIP EXPIRATIONS BY MONTH
Shows the total number of active membership accounts that will expire each month during the next year.
MEMBERSHIP EXPIRATIONS BY TYPE
Shows the total number of memberships by type that are scheduled to expire during the current month.
MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS BY MONTH
Shows the total number of membership renewals each month during the previous year.
Information on Managing Invoices