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WordPress: Installing and Exploring the Plugin

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Topics: WordPress · Guides
Experience Level: Beginner
October 23, 2019 · 3 min read

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our goal is to give a quick intro to the plugin and help you get started generating revenue as quickly as possible.

Before you get too far into the process, though, you’re going to want to make sure to first think about your overall pricing strategy. We’ve pulled an outline together on how to get started with pricing for WordPress here.

Next, you’re going to need to install the plugin on your site. Simply log in to your WordPress site, navigate to Plugins > Add New, and search for LaterPay. When you’ve found us, install and activate the plugin. Once this is complete, you will see the LaterPay plugin towards the bottom of your left-hand navigation pane in WordPress.

 

Once you click on the LaterPay plugin menu item, you will see that there are five tabs: Account, Appearance, Contributions, Paywall, and Advanced. Here is a quick overview of what you can find under each tab:

  • Account Tab Here we provide step-by-step instructions to get your plugin set up and accepting payments. Congratulations, if you’ve made it this far, you’re ¾ of the way there!

  • Appearance Tab This tab, pictured below, is where you can configure the appearance of the LaterPay paywall. This is completely optional. If you like the way it looks, great! If you want to spend time adjusting the layout and colors to fit your site, you are welcome to do that as well.

    WordPress Plugin Appearance Tab
  • Contributions Tab The contributions tab was designed to help you dynamically generate a short code which can be used anywhere on your site to request contributions. Use the configuration options here to customize a contributions button or dialog. Requesting contributions is also 100% optional but can be a great way to earn incremental revenue.
  • Paywall Tab This is where you will spend most of your time. Here is an overview of what you’ll find on this tab:

    • LaterPay Content (1): This is a list of all of the content types available for monetization in your WordPress site. Simply check the boxes next to the parts of your site where you would like the LaterPay paywall to appear.

      WordPress Paywall Tab 
    • Customize Overlay (2): In this section you can configure the order that pricing options appear and also which option should be selected by default. We recommend that you skip this for now and come back to it later.
    • Global Default Price (3): This is the default price for individual pieces of content available for purchase on your site. For example, the price to purchase one article. You can easily override this using the Category Default Price or by setting a price on the edit post page.
    • Category Default Price (4): Here you can specify the price for individual articles within a WordPress category. For example, if your audience is more engaged with posts in your TV Reviews category than with your average content, you could leave your Global Default Price at the 0.39 default but charge 0.99 for items in the TV Review category. You can do this by setting a specific Category Default price just for the TV Review category.
    • Time Passes & Subscriptions (5): The primary differences between Subscriptions and Time Passes are that Subscriptions auto-renew and require payment up front whereas Time Passes allow for lower pricing using the Pay Later payment model, and they do not auto-renew after the set time period for the purchase runs out. The pricing sections allow you to configure not only the duration and price but also the access granted. When purchased, time passes and subscriptions can grant access to your entire site, to all content in a category/categories, or to all content except in the listed category/categories.

We know this sounds like a lot and can be a bit overwhelming at first, but don’t worry! We have worked with our pricing experts to set all the default values within the plugin so that they match our best practices.

Are you unsure about how to price a time pass or subscription? Just click “+ Create” and then “Save” to add a subscription using our defaults. Done!

We strongly recommend customizing these at a later date since pricing is highly dependent on your audience and content but using our defaults will give you a great start!

 

After your settings are saved, give yourself a pat on the back! You have just completed the first giant step towards long-term revenue generation from your WordPress site. The hard part is over. All that is left is to go live and adjust your settings as needed.

 

Once you receive an email from LaterPay letting you know that your account is ready to go live, all that remains is to link the plugin to your LaterPay account so that we know who to pay. Log back into your WordPress site and navigate to your LaterPay > Account tab. Complete the steps outlined at the bottom of the page and you’re all set!

 

  • Your account is active
  • Your pricing is set up, and now
  • You are free to focus on content creation and let us worry about getting you paid.

If you’re interested in looking at some particular examples in WordPress, then carry on below.

 


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