Password Protected Pages

Posted on by Frank Haywood

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Password Protected Pages Is A Mini-Membership Plugin

Click the Protected Page links on the top menu on the demo site and enter a password of 123 to see the content. The second example was created using the Page Template Plugin.

Demo Site Here

The original idea behind the plugin was to enable you to create a Joint Venture Partner page that you could secure simply by setting a password on it. But then some buyers of the plugin pointed out that it was actually a pseudo-membership plugin that you could use to distribute a course or other products.

Well yes. What a great idea.  :-)

It does a very simple thing and it does it very well.

It allows you to password protect WordPress pages (not posts).

 

The original reason I had it built was because I wanted to be able to create private pages that JV partners and super affiliates could access by invitation only. I’ve seen plenty of marketers do this, but usually the pages are unprotected and you either get told about them or you don’t know they exist.

To me, the advantage of using this plugin is you can advertise the page openly on your site as the “JV Partner Page”, but only those with the password will get access to the content on it. This then invites curiosity and potential affiliates asking about access to it – I’ve had this happen.

Now that was my initial reason, but if you now stop and instead think of it as a simple membership plugin…

Imagine this simple usage.

#1 – You set up a series of pages all with a common password.
#2 – You place learning and useful downloads on the pages.
#3 – You put the course up for sale. (Or run it as a freebie for a sign up.)

With a bit more detail behind that, you could set the information on each page to all point to the same sale or sign up page. Anyone accessing one of the pages that they can see on your site get to see an instruction to go to the desired page in order for them to continue. Once they have the password they can enter it on each page.

Alternatively you could put them in an autoresponder sequence and only give them the password to the next page at timed intervals.

Or how about creating a course using a series of videos created with the whiteboard animation software I’ve been telling you to go get?  ;-)

http://www.frankhaywood.com/easy-sketch-pro/

And then use the WP AutoResponder to deliver it all day by day?

All of this is easy to do.

There are plenty of variants on this membership idea, and all without having to install and set up a complicated membership plugin.

No joke, this plugin is EASY to use.

There are some other thoughts buzzing around my head about the usage of the Password Protected Pages plugin, and I’m sure you’ll come up with some too once you start thinking about it.

As another example if you have clients, you could set up private content and discussion on pages for individuals by setting a password on a page that’s just for them.

Or you could run a personal coaching programme where you only allow access to the next page in the series when you’re sure that the current page plan has been completed to your satisfaction.

The real beauty and power of this is that you can make pages both publicly viewable on menus etc but without them being accessible to everyone, and it’s drop dead simple to do it.

We’ve built the plugin so that on activation by default you start with a blank page and a password box when you protect a page.

You can set a global password, set a cookie duration and add some global HTML before and after the password box so that you can add some styling and instructions.

You can also override the global settings on a page by page basis and add different passwords and top and bottom HTML to the protected pages.

When the password is entered, the page reveals itself.

The pages can be standard WP pages or also pages created by other plugins and themes.

It’s VERY cool and if you can’t tell by now I’m excited about its potential.

You don’t always need a complicated membership script and all the associated fiddly setup time. Sometimes a simple FAST solution is what you need, and the PPPP is certainly that.

The plugin goes on sale on Sunday 8th June at 6.00pm GMT (1.00pm EST) at just $10.

-Frank Haywood


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13 Comments

  1. Ron says:

    Thanks for the notice, Frank.

    What are the features of this plugin that make it different from using the page/password feature already in WordPress?

    Ron (aka the Nicheprof)

    • Frank Haywood says:

      Hi Ron,

      Thanks for that. The default WP password protected page function just gives you a default message that you have no control over and it’s not very friendly. It also displays all the other associated WordPress detail like the headers, sidebars etc.

      What this plugin does is throw all the default WordPress stuff out of the window and displays a simple password box wrapped in whatever HTML you wish to place above and below it. When the correct password is entered then that disappears and you see the actual page content.

      If you’re using a plugin like Page Template Pro, or a sales theme, then you can display that page instead of the default WordPress page.

      In other words, the visitor has no idea of the page content or appearance until the password is entered. ;-)

      I’ll put up a demo page later today with the password so you can see for yourself what it can look like.

      -Frank

  2. Dave Hogan says:

    A little bit confused by this. WordPress allows you to put a password on a page before you publish it. In the box called “Publish” on the right hand side. Click on Edit in “Visibility” option.You can see there will be 3 options Public(it is default), Password protected and Private.Select Password protected and enter password you want and publish the post or page. So is’nt this plug-in a little bit redundant?

    • Frank Haywood says:

      Hi Dave,

      It’s WAY more useful than the default WP password protected page function. ;-)

      See my reply to Ron.

      -Frank

  3. Martin says:

    I am interested in this, but I am wondering if this plug-in will permit me to set something up that would permit other users/member of my WP application to setup their own password pages too.

    • Frank Haywood says:

      Hi Martin,

      At first I didn’t think so, but as I thought some more then I couldn’t see any reason why not so I tested it. With “vanilla” WordPress then the user has to be at least an “Editor” in order to add pages. They can then also set the password on the page too using the plugin, but they can’t edit the global settings – only an Admin can do that.

      I think I saw a plugin about 18 months ago that would let you set different rights to different levels of user – I’m not sure about this – and if so this would help you give users the correct permissions to add pages.

      Thinking some more, then I guess you’ve already got all that side of it working anyway with your existing users, so if they can add and edit pages then yes this plugin will give you what you want. :-)

      -Frank

  4. Armin says:

    Hi Frank,

    never as much as today communicates… :-)

    Short question:
    What are the rights for this plugin?

    -Armin

    • Frank Haywood says:

      Hi Armin,

      Ah, good question and I should have made it clear. Full developer (client/flipper) rights in this sale. :-)

      -Frank

  5. Joseph Sorkin says:

    Is there anything new over the plugin with this name I bought back in 4/27/2012? If there is can I simply re-download from same download page?

    • Frank Haywood says:

      Hi Joseph,

      Well that’s a good question too. Yes, go get the latest download as the current sale zip has the new rights inside it.

      I also have a feeling that it might be an updated version even though the version number hasn’t changed as I had one of those “Hmm, that’s strange…” moments today as I had it working on one test blog but not on another. I then realised I’d used a different source (two different networked drives here) for the one that wasn’t working so I uploaded the other one and it worked fine.

      -Frank

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