I’m setting up a publication that will have (a) regular posts for subscribers and anonymous readers, as well as (b) private posts for members only. That being so, the idea is to therefore utilize functionality for both subscribers and members. What I’m envisioning is allowing people to become either a subscriber (so that they get email notification of regular posts) or to become a paying member for private posts (which means they’ll also get email notification of regular posts).
A rough visual depiction of what I’d like to do theme-wise can be seen via the Wildbird theme off of Themeforest:
What I’m wondering is what’s the best and/or the proper way to do this. If I’m not mistaken, I recall reading a previous comment by Fabien or Gargol (or some other Ghost team member, but which I can’t seem to find now) that if you do what I’ve stated and which is seen above – allow for separate subscriber signup / member signup – then if a subscriber tries to “upgrade” to a paying member that you’ll end up with two accounts for the same user. Is that correct? And if so, is the methodology I’ve just stated (and depicted above) therefore discouraged?
I ask because, if my concern is correct, what I dislike about the idea of readers having to subscribe first and then become a paying member is that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to see the advantages of the various tiers they could subscribe to. (Yes, tiers. I know Ghost doesn’t allow for memberships tiers yet, and so we’ll be utilizing Patreon functionality until it does.) Likewise, would it not a bit of an extra and unnecessary step to require prospective paying members to have to go through the extra step of becoming a subscriber first and then a member?
Thanks for any clarifications