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My experience with WordPress Member – membership plugin

This is a 100% non-paid review for WordPress membership plugins. I had been working on some of my clients WordPress websites, and I purchased WordPress Member  plugin for the Authorize.net gateway.

The WordPress website was currently using WordPress’s eMember  plug-in and I was very impressed up to this point, but the client wanted to add Authorize.net payment gateway to their website. So we decided to switch to the WordPress Member plugin

So back to what happened, I was switching membership plugins from the WordPress eMember to the WordPress Member and I could not for the life of me get WordPress Member plugin working. The problem was that I was getting a white screen anytime I went to login to the WordPress CMS or update the changes I made to the plugin or refresh the page. And the way WordPress Member plugin was made, there was nothing I could even do to troubleshoot the problem – the WP Member plugin code was encrypted.

The other thing I didn’t particularly care for was the poor technical support offered for the WP Member plugin. From what I could tell, WP-Member was trying to charge for support of their own plugin, which in my opinion was just crazy.

The price for the plugin was $29.99, I am not sure it was worth much more than that.

Most of the support I found for the WordPress Member white screen issue was online and was telling me to deactivate plugins one-by-one in an attempt to find the problem plugin. But the problem plugin was in fact the WordPress Member membership plugin. My guess was the WordPress Member worked poorly in a shared hosting environment or I could of had some theme conflicts. But one thing is for-sure, once I got rid of the WP Member plugin, my problem was gone.

The WordPress Member plugin was crap. I never got the plugin working, so we just decided to stay with the eMember plugin. I have yet to get a reply from the developer or technical support on the “white screen” issues I was having. The good news is my client is going to stay with WordPress eMember, and add the Authorize.net WordPress plugin.

I found a solution for membership websites looking to easily add the Authorize.net payment gateway to their membership website, check it out http://www.danielwatrous.com/authorizenet-for-wordpress

magicJack sucks!

Believe the hype about magicJack!

I have a really good story for ya! I was at CES (Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas) on a Press Pass a few years ago with a friend of mine Scott Smith. ….and I just-so-happen to stumble onto the majicJack booth.

I had been very curious about magicJack, but after reading reviews online about peoples experience with the product I wasn’t ready to buy just yet. I had lots of questions, but despite reading lots of bad things about MagicJack or now MagicTalk, I come away from talking to the owner and the other guy feeling better about the product. When I was able to chat with them I immediately addressed the slew of bad reviews posted online from customers that have used the product.  As a matter of fact, I was given a magicJack for FREE, and loved it. I got home and was SO thrilled with it, I was thinking to myself  “how the hell can this be bad?” I told ten or more of my friends, and they all got one too”. I was preaching the gospel! This is why I was shocked when this happened to me!

Today I renewed my magicJack account and from what I can tell the service now cost more! Don’t forget – up until now, MagicJack had been free for me to use. So, I believe now I want a FULL REFUND AND ALL THESE BULL SHIT CHARGES OFF MY ACCOUNT. Like I said – when I used the product I was going to renew, I loved it. So flash forward to today, now “I’m” a  paying customer. I was charged 6 times on my card. How the hell does this happen. Not only that, now they want $10.00 more dollars, for the same service that from what I can tell was $12.95 not to mention how they handle credit cards, I don’t think so. To be honest, MagicTalk service is  almost the same service you can get from Google Voice for free, and you get a REAL NUMBER. I am not paying for this crap, I will dispute these charges.

To be honest I am sick over this. Tell me what it takes to get what you pay for these days.

screenshot of my bank account, 6 charges from MagicJack, click to see clearly.

Fun Fact: MagicJack is a real phone company, not like other VOIP service/products on the market.

Another Fun Fact: This product is great for people that need to call people from other countries, you just buy the product and send it to anyone you need to call, then you can call them like they where standing in the US. However, I don’t know if this is still the case anymore. I was doing this for awhile for my outsourcing needs, I would send the freelancer I was working with a MagicJack and I could talk to him for free or nearly free anyway.

If you want more details about the company, from other pissed off customers, you can read it here

This is what happened after posting this:


Thank you MagicJack