GrooveMember Review: Free Membership Site & Course Hosting Platform

What Is GrooveMember?

GrooveMember is an online membership site and hosting platform that allows you to create and host digital products, online courses and membership sites. It’s comparable to learning management systems like Teachable, Thinkific, and Kajabi with custom domains integration and membership portals.

Create mobile responsive membership sites, add multiple tiers, and your first 100 members are free.

GrooveMember went from being extremely buggy to now awesome with the roll out of GrooveMember V2.

With GrooveMember, you can create, host and sell your online courses or membership subscriptions easily.

The best part? GrooveMember integrates with the other apps on the Groovefunnels platform to help you automate your course or membership business.

GrooveMember Features (V2)

GrooveMember helps you create membership sites for recurring income or host and sell your online courses.

Let’s take a look at GrooveMember’s features to help you determine if this learning management system is best for you.

1. Membership Site Builder

Membership sites and pages

GrooveMember’s membership site builder comes with it’s own page builder which allows you to:

  • create pages relating to your membership site
  • customize the members login area
  • set your own branding colors

A membership site is like a portal but better. It acts like a hub with multiple courses in it.

Within the membership site, you can add multiple courses related to that membership and essentially have your own marketplace like Udemy.

2. Membership Templates

In GrooveMember, membership templates are used to design the structure and layout of your membership site.

For example, you might want a membership layout with a left side bar – you would select a template for that.

There are 2 membership templates available with more templates coming soon.

There are also page templates for the login page and post login page.

groovemember membership templates

3. Membership Themes

Groovemember membership themes

In GrooveMember, membership themes is where you customize the color.

Inside your membership template, you can choose from the following themes:

  • light
  • dark
  • custom colors

4. Course Modules, Chapters & Lessons

Course Modules, lessons

When it’s time to create your course outline, you can structure it in the following hierarchy:

  • Module
  • Chapter
  • Lesson

Modules and lessons is all you really need.

Chapters is when you have multiple topics in a module and want to break it into chapters.

If you don’t need a chapter, you don’t need to use it.

5. Lesson Builder

GrooveMember Lesson builder

GrooveMember’s lesson builder gives you a lot of flexibility to add multiple content types in the same lesson.

You can add videos, text content, checklists, accordions, audio players and download buttons with file attachments all in the same lecture.

It doesn’t stop there, you can add more elements like images and embed html codes.

You can show these elements in any order you want.

6. Course Bundles & Membership Levels

Groovemember course bundles and membership levels

Content bundles is like membership access levels and allows you to configure how you would like to give access to your course content.

Imagine you have a membership with a starter, silver and gold plans.

You will create a course bundle for each plan.

Within each course bundle, you can assign access to specific modules and lessons.

Groovemember course bundles 3

This allows you to get really granular, pick and choose what you want to give access to.

7. Course Instructors, Progress Bars & File Hosting

Groovemember course instructor

You can add multiple course instructors, show course progress bars and upload various file types using GrooveMember’s file hosting.

GrooveMember Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Free account members can create 1 free membership site and add up to 100 members.
  • Free file hosting including PDFs, images and audio files.
  • Flexibility in configuring access level using course bundles
  • Beautiful membership site templates and themes
  • Full customization of colors for membership site and course lessons

Cons:

  • Quizzes and gamification not available (coming soon)
  • Certifications (coming soon)
  • Limited Analytics (coming soon)

GrooveMember Tutorial

1. Membership Setup Wizard

When you create a new membership site, there’s a setup wizard that guides you through 6 steps in creating a course or membership.

The 6 steps are as follows:

  1. Basic info: Course or Membership site details
  2. Design: Add instructor details and customize your membership area with your logo and a featured image
  3. Builder: The builder is where you add content for your course lessons
  4. Comments: Enable or disable comments for each lesson and set approval of comments
  5. Access level: Configure your membership access levels or tiers
  6. Welcome: Send a default welcome email to your members with their access credentials
  7. Finish: Your membership site setup is complete


2. Instructor Setup

You can set up as many instructors as you like for each of your membership sites.

Simply enter in the instructor name, description and upload the instructor image.


3. Logo & Featured Image

  • Upload your logo: Recommended image size: 170px X 70px
  • Upload your course featured image: Recommended image size: 350px X 200px

4. Membership Builder

  • Customize each lesson further with drag and drop elements like buttons, text, images and embed videos from Vimeo, YouTube or use GrooveVideo to host your private content.
  • Upload pdf files and various media assets in your membership site for members to easily access.
groovemember demo

5. Access Levels & Unlock Content

  • You can create multiple membership tiers, each with different content or courses and at price points with a secure login portal.
  • Give students and members instant access to your content
  • Drip feed content post after a specified number of days
  • or alternatively give access to lessons after a certain date.

6. Add New Members & Disable Access

  • If you set up a course and would like to provide access to some students for free, you can add them as a member easily.


7. Mobile Responsive

  • For the longest time, GrooveMember wasn’t responsive.
  • As of 6th of April 2021, GrooveMember is now mobile responsive making it easy for your students to learn on the go.
  • Here’s a peak of my own GrooveMember website:


8. Members Analytics

  • For now you can see how far along your students have progressed with course content however advanced analytics is coming soon.

Is GrooveMember Worth It?

GrooveMember is definitely worth it and here are the reasons why:

  • On the lifetime plan, you can create unlimited GrooveMember sites i.e. unlimited courses.
  • Free account users can test drive the platform by creating 1 free membership site and add up to 100 students.
  • The platform has all the core features you would expect in a learning management system and membership site software.
  • Mobile optimized for on the go learning
  • Connect your own custom domains to brand your own courses or memberships.
  • Membership themes and portals with layouts similar to Teachable and Thinkific.

Features that are in development and scheduled for next year in 2022:

  • Quizzes and questionnaires
  • Gamification
  • Certificates
  • Community forum

GrooveMember Bonuses

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GrooveFunnels Quick-Start Training Course: Over 40 step-by-step bite size training that will save you a TONNE of time and frustration when learning a new software!

Sales Funnels Planning Workbook: The PLAYBOOK to build simple yet seriously effective sales funnels that convert leads into sales.

High Converting Opt-in Funnel Templates: Swipe and CLONE my high converting GroovePages funnel in a click of a button.

Sign up using the link below and you’ll automatically receive the login details to access your extra bonuses bonuses.

GrooveMember Frequent Asked Questions

What is the difference between Groove.cm / GrooveFunnels and GrooveMember?

Groove.cm is the parent brand for all the groove apps. Groovefunnels helps you build out your sales funnels and order pages.

Groovemember is their membership hosting platform similar to Kajabi and Thinkific where you can create and host your online courses and memberships.

Since GrooveMember as an app within the Groove CRM platform, please read my Groove CRM lifetime deal review.

What Does I Free GrooveMember Site mean? Is It 1 Course per GrooveMember site or Multiple courses on 1 Portal?

Watch this quick 58 second video by Aimee, she explains it all and a workaround on how to have multiple courses on 1 GrooveMember site.

Can I set up an online school portal where people can view all my available courses like Teachable?

Watch my GrooveMember Portal Tutorial and see how I create an online school where your students can see all of your available courses and login with the same username and password.

Can I added quizzes and assessment tests inside of GrooveMember to grade my students?

A lot of members have requested this feature and it’s added to the development pipeline.

Can I issue a completion certificate in GrooveMember?

Certificates are not available yet but will be added to the development pipeline.

Does GrooveMember have gamification?

Not at this stage. A lot of members have requested for gamification features similar to that of Xperiencify that builds on 7 powerful psychological triggers. Groove developers are aware of this much requested feature but it is yet to be confirmed of whether they will add it or not.

Does GrooveMember have a community or forum feature?

Not yet, that’s in the development pipeline and planned for 2022.


GrooveMember Review by Aimee

A year ago, GrooveMember was really buggy but NOW it’s fully functional and mobile responsive. It’s improved significantly and it’s a definite YES from me. With single sign on, your students don’t need multiple passwords to access all their courses. Definitely sign up to the free account and test it out. However the biggest benefit is in Groove’s Lifetime deal as you can create UNLIMITED memberships saving you thousands every year in subscription fees.

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About the author

Hey, I'm Aimee -An online business and marketing strategist with over 12 years experience in running digital marketing campaigns. Sun, sand and beach is my zen. However I dig content marketing, lead generation and marketing automation too! You'll find me posting digital marketing training on Youtube to help entrepreneurs start and grow their business online.