Is Your First Membership Site Project Too Big?
Since we build a lot of membership sites, typically using LearnDash, Memberium and Infusionsoft, we get a lot of customers asking for features that aren't a good idea for someone who's just starting. The first goal of any course builder is to get members active on their site. Our recommendation is to build a minimally viable product they can release that gets them started in that direction.
I recommend selling a course you haven't yet built and work with a group of founding members that can give you feedback so you build your offering around what you know a group of users wants. You run some tests with paying members (discounted typically) and confirm you have a product or service that will sell.
You can start extremely simple making use of a private Facebook group as your initial platform. You aren't shorting your customers by doing this. You are using a platform that works well and is low cost so you have the flexibility and ease of use to create your program at a very low cost.
We have a very inexpensive entry level installation of Memberium that can work too. Keep things low tech even selling your online course over the phone taking credit card payments manually.
A top priority of any business offering a membership site service the first time is sales. Confirm you have an audience for what you sell and convince yourself with real sales that members will buy it. Only when you've done that would I recommend getting elaborate at all with your membership site platform.
One thing my team and I offer is our Breakthrough Course Building System which gets you coaching and a version of our "Perfect Starter Kit" site installed and fully configured in your environment. It's a basic set up for getting you started so with minimal investment. You get yourself a platform for offering your content now with a strong foundation for building features later when you need them. You can click here to get the details on this.