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We are often asked, “I really love your _______ functionality, what software is that?”   Or “your __________ section is outta this world, is that a plugin?”    Since we are all about making the WPNow community even better, we thought we’d lay it all out there for you guys in case any of these software tools might help you with your own business.   (We’ll be adding more to this list as software is added).

Primary CMS WORDPRESS, of course!! Would we even think of building a site selling WordPress themes, on anything other than WordPress??   This ain’t your grandmother’s CMS…   🙂

Membership Management aMember Pro – an awesome script that manages our content, our theme club members and their subscriptions.   Offers content protection, integrates with just about every payment gateway out there, folder protection and more.  It provides you with a signup, login, and management system, that can then be integrated with WordPress or other CMS’s.  Basically what makes things super cool for our Theme Club Members.

Affiliate Management iDevAffiliate – an excellent tracking system for affiliates, running commission reports, tiered commissions and more. Fantastic program for a very, reasonable cost.

Forum Software

BBPress – A great fast, light easy to use forum script that integrates easily into WordPress working off of the same plugin system for easy functionality add-ons.

Email Management Gmail – Since we are for the most part, a virtual company with developers and support staff all over the country and the world, we needed an email system that we could all access at any point in time, via the web.   Gmail works fantastically for managing the many emails we get on a daily basis.
Newsletter Management Aweber – after trying out a number of different newsletter services, we found the best deliverability rate and easiest management platform to be Aweber.   Their opt in’s integrate well with WordPress and Amember.
Hosting and Server Admin Support Liquidweb – Having gone through pretty much every hosting solution in the book, we can say hands down, LiquidWeb offers the highest level of support, knowledge and capacity of any host we have found.   Problems are fixes within minutes (literally) and their server and security technology is top in the business.   Couldn’t give anyone a more hearty recommendation than these guys.

Video Hosting Amazon S3 – Sure we could host with Youtube or vimeo for free, but we opted to use a paid hosting service where we could host our videos for surprisingly low rates, and we still own the content (without all the little annoying ads)