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Requiring users to pay to access the forum
With Paid Access, you can easily charge users a one-time or recurring membership fee to access your forum.
Please follow the directions mentioned below to enable paid access on your entire forum:
Now when a user tries to view your forum, they will be shown a page with the Paid Access Message you specified in your settings along with a PayPal payment button. Once the user makes the payment, they will automatically have the Paid user group added to their Additional User Groups and will be given access to the forum. If a user cancels their subscription through PayPal or one of their subsription payments fails, they will automatically be removed from the Paid user group and access to the forum will be restricted until the payment is successfully processed.
To give additional permissions to paid users only, restrict permissions for the General user group and give permissions to the Paid user group.
Making your users pay to view your forum will make your forum private. This means that search engines will not be able to index your forum content, so you'll receive significantly less visitors from search engines. Therefore, if your goal is to grow your forum, making users pay for access to a specific category may be a better approach.
You'll need to become a trusted authority and provide a lot of value to uses to encourage them to pay for your forum content. Therefore, paid access on the whole forum should only be setup after you already have an established forum with a few members and some activity, or once you are already a trusted authority known to provide great value. It may be easier to have a lot of great public content throughout your forum and then encourage users to pay for premium content in specific categories. If they get a lot of value from the content in the public areas of your forum, they'll want to pay a fee to access premium content categories with even more valuable content.