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Single Unified Membership API for plugins

  1. 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.

  2. Hello there.
    Please let me provide a brief summary.
    WordPress.com is a multiuser blogging platform. There is no FTP access to our free hosted blogs and we cannot upload plugins, themes, forums or anything else into them. This is not likely to change any time soon if at all.

    We can get a free hosted forum and link to it from a tab we create in a custom menu. There are many available.
    http://www.proboards.com/
    http://www.freeforums.org/
    http://www.punbb-hosting.com/
    http://vanillaforums.com/

    WordPress.com provides P2 which is theme for creating a forum-like site for discussion of topics.

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  3. Newsletter
    WordPress.com provides a blog subscription feature that can be used as a newsletter feature or a way to send updates to readers via email. You can let people subscribe to your newsletter by adding the blog subscription widget to your sidebar.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/blog-subscription-widget/

    We could set up a second blog that’s strictly for newsletters and then set up a blog subscription widget on the blog. Every post in the blog would be a newsletter and subscribers get the newsletters by email.

    Tip from WordPress.com Support Documentation: Companies may want to create a specific blog to use just for newsletters. If you already own a domain name, you could even get a subdomain such as newsletters.mycompany.com. See the subdomains help page for more details about custom subdomains.

  4. eCommerce integration
    I’m afraid e-commerce isn’t possible here at WordPress.com, and there are no plans to develop anything for that at this time. In a nutshell free blogs from and being free hosted by wordpress.COM cannot be used to drive traffic to third-party sites by means of advertising and/or affiliate programs (see "Affiliate marketing blogs below for more clarity").

    No blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed.
    unecrypted PayPal donation buttons can be used http://en.support.wordpress.com/paypal/
    Contact forms can be used and customized
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact-form/

    The only advertising exceptions are for high traffic blogs that qualify for and are accepted into the Ad Control program, and for extremely high traffic blogs that qualify and are accepted into the paid VIP hosting program.
    http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://vip.wordpress.com/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

    The only exceptions with regard to affiliate links are found here:

    Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes. To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category. http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

  5. If you do require an ecommerce site, advertising and/or affiliate links on your blog, there is another wordpress alternative available.

    You can hire a web host and get a free software install from http://wordpress.org Read the information at the link below to learn about the differences between free hosted WordPress.com blogs and WordPress.org software installs for self hosting. http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  6. Sorry, since we can't use plugins hereat wordpress.COM, you need to head over to http://wordpress.ORG/support/ as that is where self-hosted wordpress blogs using the software from wordpress.ORG are supported.

    These forums are for those hosted here on the wordpress.COM free hosting service and things here work differently.

    If you are not familiar with the differences, see this support document: http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ .

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