More than four years ago, Restrict Content Pro was introduced to the world. A lot has changed since then and today I would like to tell you about what we have been working on for the last few months.
Version 2.5 released
After many months of development, Restrict Content Pro version 2.5 has been released and it introduces several significantly important features.
Members now have the option to upgrade or change their subscription at any time from their account page. Subscription changes are automatically prorated based on what the member has already paid.
During an upgrade or subscription change, the cost of the upgrade and the new recurring amounts are shown on the purchase page, giving your members complete confidence in what they are purchasing.
Better pricing and discount display
In version 2.5, we have added new display options to the registration form that will show customers the exact price details of their membership and any discounts they are receiving from proration credits, signup discounts, and discount codes. This helps make it crystal clear to your customers how much they are paying now and later.
Checkout is a system provided by Stripe that offers one of the best web and mobile payment flows available. Restrict Content Pro 2.5 includes complete support for Stripe Checkout, allowing your customers to pay with a debit or credit card through the Stripe Checkout flow.
We have added support for including the Stripe Checkout option on the standard registration form and also as a standalone payment form that automatically registers an account when the payment is submitted.
You can now add the [register_form_stripe] shortcode to any page on your site and a payment button will be displayed. Clicking on it will open a payment form and once the form is submitted, the customer’s subscription account will be automatically created.
The Stripe Checkout flow allows you to create an exceptionally simple registration process without requiring customers to fill out long forms that make the process more difficult and likely to be abandoned.
Other notable improvements
Included in Restrict Content Pro 2.5 are other numerous improvements and several bug fixes. The primary improvements that you will notice are:
- Refund reports. In Restrict > Reports, there is now a Refunds tab that shows a graph of refunded payments.
- Improved payment history on member Edit screens. It is now easy to navigate between members and their payment records.
- New shortcodes for showing membership details to the logged in user:
- [subscription_id] – displays a member’s subscription ID
- [subscription_name] – displays the name of a member’s subscription level
- [user_expiration] – displays a member’s subscription expiration date
- Category level restriction options now support custom taxonomies from other plugins, such as WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, and others.
New professional add-ons
Along with the new version release for Restrict Content Pro, we are thrilled to introduce a new series of professional add-ons today. These add-on plugins extend Restrict Content Pro’s feature set, making it more powerful and more valuable to site owners.
Hard-set Expiration Dates
With the Hard-set Expiration Dates add-on, site administrators can assign expiration dates to subscription levels, making it so that all members subscribed to that level expire on a specific date.
The Custom Redirects add-on allows site owners to configure custom redirect URLs for each subscription level for registration and log in events. This means that members can be directed to specific pages on your website when logging in and registering accounts based on the subscription level assigned to their account.
Help Scout is one of the premier help desk systems for individuals and teams that need to manage customer support through phone, email, and live chat. The Help Scout add-on integrates Restrict Content Pro with Help Scout and displays customer membership information from your website inside of the help desk, making it easier for your support team to manage customer accounts.
The Math Verification add-on allows site owners to display a simple math problem on the registration form to protect against spam accounts. Previously this add-on was a premium plugin that had to be purchased separately. Today we have rolled it into the Professional and Ultimate level licenses so it is available free of charge to customers that hold those license levels.
This add-on provides a complete RESTful API that allows for developers and external applications to interact with membership data in Restrict Content Pro.
Available to Professional and Ultimate license holders
These Professional add-ons are all available to customers who hold a Professional or Ultimate license to Restrict Content Pro, and they can be downloaded from your account page.
New pricing and hassle-free renewals
We have adjusted our pricing slightly today and also introduced a new lifetime purchase option that never needs to be renewed. As of today, the pricing for Restrict Content Pro is as follows:
- Personal license – $49
- Plus license – $99
- Professional license – $199 (includes access to Professional add-ons)
- Ultimate license – $449 (includes access to Professional add-ons and never expires)
All license options except for Ultimate are a yearly subscription that will renew automatically each year until cancelled. The Ultimate license is a lifetime license that never expires and never needs to be renewed. It provides support, updates, and access to add-ons for life.
There are three significant advantages to these adjustments.
First, all customers can get hassle-free renewals so you no longer need to worry about renewing your license to keep the plugins up to date and retain access to support. We will handle it all for you. And if you do want to manually renew or wish to stop using the plugin, you can cancel at any time from your account page.
Second, all Professional and Ultimate license holders get free access to all current and future Professional add-ons. This is a tremendous value that super powers Restrict Content Pro.
Third, if you are an agency, run a lot of sites, or simply never want to worry about renewing or managing a subscription, the Ultimate license lets you get access to all plugins and support for life!
We are thrilled to have all of these updates live and we look forward to hearing from you if you have questions or comments. Do you have a Personal license and wish to upgrade to Professional or Ultimate to get access to the new add-ons? Simply visit your account page to upgrade.
Note, if you previously purchased Restrict Content Pro from pippinsplugins.com, your account has been migrated to this site. Simply reset your password with the email address you used to purchase the plugin to regain access. Having trouble? Contact support.