There are many cases where you might want to give your site members access to restricted files. Maybe you run an online magazine and your subscribers should have access to download the monthly issue as a PDF. Or maybe you run a stock image site and want your members to be able to download 10 images every month.
Restrict Content Pro has three different ways you can grant members access to protected files. We’ll highlight each of the three methods so you can decide which one best fits your membership site and business model.
1) Offer a specific number of free EDD downloads each subscription period
When the add-on is activated, a new setting is added to the Add/Edit Subscription Level page allowing you to specify a number of free downloads allowed each subscription period.
In this example we have a subscription with a duration of 1 month and have set the “Downloads Allowed” to 10. That means active members will be able to download up to 10 EDD products for free each month.
When an active member views an Easy Digital Download product, the “Add to Cart” button is turned into a “Download” button. The member can download the file immediately for free.
When the member reaches his or her download limit, they’ll start seeing regular “Add to Cart” buttons again and can still pay full price to get access to the download if desired. When their subscription is renewed for another period, the allowance resets and they can continue to download more products for free.
EDD Member Downloads is a great solution for stock photography sites. You can sell photographs individually, but also give subscribers a monthly allowance. This add-on is available for free to all Restrict Content Pro license holders.
2) Automatically apply discounts to EDD products
This is our second option for those of you also using Easy Digital Downloads. The EDD Restrict Content Pro Member Discounts add-on allows you to create discount codes that will automatically be applied to paid RCP subscribers when they purchase an Easy Digital Downloads product.
In this example, if the person adding the product to their cart is an active “Silver” member, a 100% discount will be applied during checkout automatically.
This add-on is an excellent choice if you want to give your Restrict Content Pro members discounts to items in your shop, or even free access to all downloads by making the discount amount 100%.
RCP Member Discounts is available for purchase from $19 on the Easy Digital Downloads website.
3) Give members access to downloads with Download Monitor
Our third option is perfect for those of you who don’t want to sell your downloads separately outside of Restrict Content Pro. This option requires two extra plugins:
Download Monitor is a plugin that allows you to easily upload and manage file downloads within WordPress. On its own, Download Monitor only has two options: allow anyone to access the downloads, or restrict access to logged in users only. The RCP Download Monitor add-on allows you to set extra restrictions on your downloads. It adds the standard Restrict Content Pro meta box to the Add/Edit Download screen.
You can embed your download link on a members only page and add extra restrictions to ensure only active members have access to download the file. If an unauthorized user attempts to download the file, they’ll be redirected to an error page.
This option is perfect if you want to offer members complimentary material, such as worksheets to go along with a paid e-course. The RCP Download Monitor add-on is free download for all active license key holders.
Do you run a downloads site with Restrict Content Pro? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments how you’re serving downloads to your members.