Do you want your website content to be displayed in parts instead of revealing it right away? In a WordPress membership-oriented website or premium content selling website, you can’t publish all your content material all together. In this case, you have to set up drip content and publish your work gradually over a time span.
In this article we have explained how to automatically add drip content in your WordPress website.
Why should you add drip content?
Drip content enables the membership websites to release content automatically in regular time intervals rather than giving it all away at once. This helps to engage your users and make sure they visit your site in future. For example, offering monthly subscriptions to your users or selling online courses on your website.
Also, drip content method guarantees you sufficient time to generate new content, promote your website and increase traffic.
How to automatically add drip content?
You can easily add drip content using the MemberPress membership plugin. MemberPress is one of the premium WordPress membership plugins available in the market. It allows you to create, manage and track membership subscriptions, content access control and integrate payment gateways. You can schedule drip content on your website, create paid subscriptions and restrict website content to members.
Step 1: Install and Activate MemberPress Plugin
To set up your MemberPress account, choose a plan as per your requirements and purchase the plugin. Then log in to your account and download the plugin’s .zip file.
Go to your WordPress Dashboard, click on Plugins >> Add New. To install the plugin, upload memberpress.zip file and click on “Activate Plugin”. A new menu item “MemberPress” will appear in your WordPress dashboard.
Now, connect the MemberPress plugin to your website. Click on MemberPress >> Settings and enter your MemberPress license key under the License tab. You can find the key from the MemberPress account page under the Downloads tab.
Step 2: Add a Payment method
To accept payments from your users, you need to add a payment method. Go to the Payments tab available on MemberPress >> Settings page. Click on the ‘+’ icon at the bottom of your page to add a new payment method. Select your preferred payment gateway from the drop box. Under the basic plan, the plugin supports PayPal, Authorize.net and Stripes.
Step 3: Add membership plan
After completing the basic setup, now you have to create a Membership in MemberPress. This is similar to creating a Page or Post in WordPress. Memberships are displayed as pages on the websites. To create a new membership, go to MemberPress >> Memberships and click on Add New button at the top of the page.
Set a title for the membership plan you will create, for example: Basic, Silver, Gold, Premium. Then, configure Membership Terms. Set the price and select a Billing Type for the membership from Lifetime, Expiring and Recurring. You can select the subscription interval such as Weekly, Monthly, Yearly or custom the interval (of days or weeks).
In the text editor, you can add texts/images to describe your plan and advertise your membership to increase the sale. You can change the layout, content and design of your Membership page layout here. Configure different settings for your membership plan under Membership Options and click on the Publish button to save your changes.
Step 4: Add Rules to schedule automatic drip content
Now, you can schedule and release drip content automatically to your website by setting up the Rules available in MemberPress plugin. Rules enable you to restrict user’s access to the website content based upon user’s subscription and membership status.
After creating at least one Membership, you can add new Rules. Go to MemberPress >> Rules and click on Add New. You can select rules criteria using a variety of methods, segregate posts based upon certain tags, categories, pages, posts or URL to state the protected content.
Then, grant access to the protected content by selecting the membership plan you want to apply this rule to. After this, scroll down to the Drip/Expiration box and check the box beside ‘Enable Drip’. Decide when you want to release your content and select the number of days after which your content will be visible to the user. Additionally, you can also enable drip expiration rule and set a particular time limit after which content will expire.
In the end, you have an option to customize unauthorized access handling pages. Make sure you click on the Save Rule button to apply the above settings.
Note: Administrators can always access content, regardless of the Rules, so be sure to do your testing with non-administrator User accounts.
We hope this article helps you understand the method of automatically adding drip content to your WordPress Site. In case of queries, please leave a comment and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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