just signed up for a 14 day trial. We would like to know if you may have a recommendation about a cc processor that works and plays well with both Wordpress and Discourse. We want a seamless, easy-to-maintain, automated, electronic signup/access process. Do you have any recommendations for us?
What kind of functionality are you looking for? What would you be automating?
If you want to build something completely custom the easiest route might be to setup Wordpress as the SSO provider for your site and your Discourse community, and integrate payments with a service like Stripe (which is who we like to use to process payments) on your Wordpress site…
easy-to-maintain, automated, electronic signup/access process. We would like to automate their membership etc.
Thank you for your reply!
Memberful is probably the way to go for simplest setup. If you want a bit more flexibility and may be selling other products, multiple memberships, and so on, there are a number of good membership plugins for WordPress that can be integrated with WP + Discourse. For example Memberpress, Restrict Content Pro, Paid Memberships Pro, WooCommerce Subscriptions + Memberships (two plugins that work together)…
Most of these have similar features and cost in the ballpark of a few hundred bucks a year. A bit cheaper than Memberful (which includes a couple % higher transaction fee in their pricing) but also more involved setup, including a small amount of custom code to hook in with WP Discourse (basically, assigning members to certain Discourse groups) whereas Memberful takes care of this for you. Probably a few days extra work at least.
Completely custom SSO + payment gateway integration would be a step beyond this still. More like weeks (at least) of extra work in that case, or a budget to pay someone to build what you want!
One note, I believe Memberful only works with Stripe, whereas some of these other options allow you to integrate with other payment gateways like PayPal, Braintree, etc. Stripe is widely regarded as the best / easiest to work with, but in certain cases (for example if most customers are outside the US, or just don’t like to use credit cards) it may be worth going with an option that allows for multiple payment gateways.