One of our newsletter readers asked:
"As a non-profit, an area we are very focused on is sponsorships and
how to manage their accounts.It would be helpful to learn how
to gather sponsor info beyond just contact info, in order to
automatically populate our sponsor website page in Wild Apricot."
Managing multiple membership levels and directories is helpful for categorizing your members for a variety of scenarios, including:
- managing sponsors
- differentiating between Free and Paid member levels
- student or other discounted memberships
- ...and more.
By customizing your membership application forms to only show certain levels, you can also change the types of information you collect for different types of members.
How It's Done
Here is a brief overview of how to split your membership levels into multiple application forms and member directories.
First, if you haven't already done so you'll need to set up membership levels (see help documentation). You can add custom database fields for specific membership levels, so if you require more information for a particular type of member, you can apply those extra fields to the appropriate level (see help documentation).
Once these are configured to suit your needs, you can set up your membership application forms (see help documentation). If you want to set up multiple forms, you can change this in the form's settings, by selecting which levels to show on a particular form.
Lastly, to set up different membership directories -- for example, a public one for sponsors, and a members-only directory that requires a login -- you would create your directory pages first with different access levels (see detailed help), and then for each directory, select the membership levels that feed into that directory (see detailed help).
As always, if you run into any issues customing your site, you can contact our support team for further assistance.
Let's See Some Examples!
Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce
This chamber of commerce in the UK provides local businesses with two listing options: a paid membership, that comes with a complete listing in their public member directory, as well as other perks; and also an option to sign up for a free listing, which also goes into a public directory, but with less information than their paid members.
Member Application Form
Their member's directory provides advanced search by category at the top, and members have some profile information posted, along with their logo.
Add Free Listing and Free Directory
In contrast, their separate Free Listing Directory does not include as much information, providing value for their paid members.
Critters for the Cure
This organization uses their multiple membership applications to separate members from sponsors.
Application to Become a Member
Talk to us!
Do you have an example of using multiple directories? Or do you have a question about Wild Apricot software? Let us know!
Email us at email@example.com