It's 2020, and if we take away the fact that we're living in what feels like a pre-apocalypse world, the tech industry is getting into a transformative period. The conversation around tech and building products is shifting from "growth at all costs" to "take a step back and understand things".
Community building appeared in the period when it was much needed to connect customers to companies and content creators to their audience.
In the current article, I will talk about popular tools and stacks that are used for community building. Additionally, I'll break down:
Memberful and Discord is a very popular stack for communities. I use it for my Recoon community. I've been a user of Memberful just before I launched the community and I think they went ahead with adding the Discord integration.
If you don't know Discord had a huge shift in their positioning to serve more to online communities. Which made a huge buzz in the community building side of Twitter. I have a lot of thoughts about Discord as a community management system and specifically on Discord/Slack conversation (in short Slack sucks).
What Memberful && Discord combo provides:
One minus this setup has for me is it's the inability to add members' database. You'll have some information about your members in the Memberful dashboard, but for me, it's not enough. You have to figure out your onboarding methods and what database to use.
The high-end version of Memberful && Discord setup. Actually, this will work not only with Memberful but also with Memberstack and MemberSpace.
Circle is a much more sophisticated version of Discord. It's a fairly new product that already is taking part in the community market as an upgrade version for Discord and Slack communities. Few things that you need to be aware of about Circle:
However, both of those pricing limitations are quite generous.
What Memberful && Circle combo provides:
For me, the selling point of Circle is hands down their great onboarding experience and moderation. It's an attempt to solve a big problem that a lot of communities will face.
But let's talk numbers as Circle is very paid. Circle is not charging any transaction fees as it doesn't have any internal monetization features. Instead, it has integrations with Memberful, Memberstack, and all other platforms that provide Single Sign-On authorization. Again as a spoiler to upcoming numbers, Circle is definitely an upgrade from other platforms for a community.
The dark horse of today's roundup. Commento is a tool that I discovered recently from the Dense Discovery newsletter. Speaking simply it's an embeddable comments section for your website. Add it wherever you want and you'll have a ready to go engagement place in your blog.
A charry on top for a privacy nerd it's total privacy-focused and thus you have to pay for it. It doesn't allow tracking links and spam into the comments and this is just 1 of their features I love. Also, this is the stack I'm leaning towards.
What Memberspace && Commento combo provides:
One downside of Memberspace and Commento duo is that you need to have some tech background to sync the two. Commento's documentation is very understandable, it's an open-source project which adds an extra layer of security for me.
And drum roll, how much it will cost if you decided to go with this setup.
Hope this was informative article. I plan to cover other community building stacks too, so stay tuned with the blog.
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