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.
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? 😉
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.