Please accept my apologies for any lack of knowledge, but today has been a very frustrating day trying to find what should be a very simple and elegant solution for any online business need.
It was my understanding that WordPress' membership feature was a single API that every WP plugin could "plug in" to. Simple enough, but apparently this is not the case. For example:
1) There is not any Forums/Bulletin Board plugin that integrates with WP native membership. Astounding but true. If I am incorrect, please respond. From those forums plugins I saw users will have to create *an entirely new membership*!
2) Newsletter integration. All online business depend on having some kind of newsletter. This is a crucial and must-have thing in today's world. Despite all the numerous newsletter plugin's not a single one from what I can find *inegrates with WP native membership!* Again, astounding.
3) eCommerce integration. From what I can tell there are some WP eCommerce plugins that actually integrate with WP native membership. Yet, the premier WP membership plugin - "Wishlist Member" only integrate with non-WP eCommerce solutions! How can a WP membership plugin not integrate with WP eCommerce plugins?
Whoever is first to create this singular/unified/integrated business solution for Word Press will become a multi-millionaire. That no developer or organization has yet done it astounds me. Unfortunately I am not a programmer, so whoever is reading this - please code this thing! I don't want the credit - just let me know when you have it finished.
Again, I am a fairly poor self-employed small business man. I would be willing to spend $500-1000 for a plugin that does all the above. And I am sure I am not alone. There is simply no reason why these different plugins don't use the same membership database. Is the reason that WP does not actually have a membership API? I don't know, but it is a serious gaping hole in an otherwise fantastic web publishing platform.
The blog I need help with is breathworking.wordpress.com.