Install Our Paywall Plugin

Updated: October 22, 2018

Overview

First of all we would like to thank you for taking the time out to install and configure our micropayment paywall plugin built especially for Wordpress. By utilizing blockchain technology we are able to bring about an entirely new form of content monetization.

Traditionally paywalls have been hard to implement and even harder for consumers to use. We have taken as many steps as possible to make this micropayment paywall the easiet to implement for publishers, and even easier for consumers. We're glad you are here to give us a try and open up a new revenue stream for you, and your business. Let's get started, shall we?

1. Install & Activate the Plugin

The easiest way to get started with our paywall plugin is to install it from the backend of your Wordpress admin plugin section.

Install Paywall Plugin

Search for micropaymentio as a keyword and click the Install Now button to begin downloading and installing the latest version of the paywall plugin. Once the installation process has completed, now you're able to activate the plugin and begin the simple, and quick setup process.

2. Plugin Intro & Configuration

As always we try to make the process as easy to understand and implement properly. Introducing you to the plugin we walk you step-by-step through the process of getting the most advanced paywall plugin ready to go. Going over how much a credit is worth, what type of content that can be protected, etc.

Get BillingFox API Key
a. Create a BillingFox Account

In order to get payments from your customers to your bank account we use the BillingFox platform to provide the glue to make this all work seamlessly. Grab your free API key, connect your Stripe account, and then come back to turning on another revenue stream.

Create BillingFox Account
b. Locate your API key in the BillingFox Dashboard

After you have completed the registration process for BillingFox you will want to look for your free API key located in the lower left hand corner of the dashboard. Copy and paste that unique key and let's take it to the next step below.

Location of BillingFox API Key
c. Input Your API Key In The Plugin Setup

Once you have the API key from BillingFox you want to input it into step 2 of the install wizard, and click Next.

Enter API Key
3. Setup WooCommerce - Optional

With our plugin installed you also have the ability to offer credits as a Woocommerce product, which unlocks a wealth of ecommerce data and not having to change anything about your existing storefront. If using the Woocommerce category option of the plugin you can keep users on your site without having to leave creating a seamless branded experience.

a. Create the Product Category
WooCommerce Product Category Slug

Depending on how many plugins you have installed will dictate where the "Products" tab is located, hovering over the tab will present the option that allows you to choose "Categories" and create a new product category.

b. Confirm The Category Slug

You will want to make note of the name of the category slug in the previous step so that there are no issues when connecting the two platforms (WooCommerce & Micropayment.io) together.

Confirm WooCommerce Category
c. Add To Step 3 Of The Setup

After double checking that the slug name is correct, adding the lower case version of the category slug to step 3 of the install wizard will activate WooCommerce functionailty, and if left blank will disable Woocommerce capability.

Enter Category Slug
4. Your Plugin is Ready to Go!

Congratulations! your new paywall plugin is installed and ready to be configured, head over to the next tab above and let's get acquainted with the shortcodes used in this plugin.

Your Paywall is Ready to be Used

Configure The Plugin

Hey! We're glad to have you back to finish up configuring your shiny new paywall plugin from Micropayment.io. What follows below if you decided to scroll before reading this is also 4 easy steps to configure the plugin to work within your existing site structure. So let's get right to it...

1. Add Shortcodes

In keeping with the easy to implement philosophy, just wrap the content you would like to protect with the [micropay]..[/micropay] shortcodes and enable paywalls for video players, article content, download links, etc. instantly turning on another revenue stream with the existing content you already have created.

[micropay]....[/micropay]
Add Micropayment Shortcodes
What Protected Content Looks Like

The default paywall displays a red checkered background which draws the eye towards protected content, but it can also be customized with any image of your choosing.

Protected Paywall Content
2. Display User's Credit Balances
a. Add shortcode to widget area

Now is the time to show your user's what their credit balance is at all times. We recommend placing the [micropay_profile] shortcode in a widget that can placed either in a sidebar or header if applicable. Giving the user a real time credit balance on any page of your website.

[micropay_profile]
Add Profile Shortcode
b. Display on the front end

Depending on the theme installed, credit balances can be displayed in the header or sidebar of your website, giving users a glimpse into their balances.

Display Credits in a Widget
3. Display User's Transactions

Micropayment.io can be run with or without WooCommerce installed. To keep with the ease of use theme even if you don't have an ecommerce plugin enabled you still can use the paywall without needing to install anything extra. So in order to show user's the transactions they have completed you will need to create a new page or add the shortcode to an existing account page you've already created to show a user their profile.

[micropay_transactions]
Display User Transactions
Running WooCommerce?

Thanks to the power of WooCommerce there's nothing more to do, account/virtual credits will show up just like any other product in your store, complete with stats that can be viewed in the WooCommerce dashboard.

4. Adding Credits to WooCommerce

Introducing WooCommerce credits to your store allows users to purchase products and checkout with virtual credits all in one seamless motion. Enable your customers to buy credit packs and load up their accounts to make one-cick payments. What follows below are the main guidelines to creating an account credit product, everything else is just like creating any new product in WooCommerce.

a. Choose your pre-made category

Remember the product category slug we told you to keep handy in step 3 of the install wizard? Now's the time to put it to good use.

Choose Pre-created Product Category
b. Select product data type

You will need to adjust the Product Data dropdown to BillingFox to enable the full capacity of the Micropayment platform.

Choose how much you want to charge for the credit pack and how many credits the user will receive. We suggest to go with the default rate of 1 credit equaling $0.01.

Choose BillingFox Product Type

That concludes the configuration of your new paywall for Wordpress, and integrating credits into your WooCommerce store front. Head over to the basic usage tab to get a overview of how to customize the Micropayment.io service.

How To Use

Many of the customization settings take place in the BillingFox dashboard at the current moment, with plans to move all settings to the Micropayment.io plugin interface. However BillingFox makes everything set & forget so let's walk through what everything does so that you only have to make minimal changes once all things are in place.

Giving User's Their Initial Credits

This is the amount of credits each new user gets who is registered on your site, think of this balance as free credits that a user would utilize to test-drive your paywall systems. We recommend that this isn't set too high so that you as the owner can begin generating revenue in the form of top-ups of new credits.

New Credit Balance
Alerting User's To Refill Balances

This is the number of credits that a user must hit to trigger a low credit email alert, notifying the user to purchase more credits as their balance is getting low. Remember this has to be balanced between the initial free credits, low level alert, and how much a protected piece of content or product costs.

Low Credit Email Alert
Invoice Logo Url

Here's where you can add the url to your brand logo to customize the invoice to your liking.

Your Custom Invoice Logo Url
Invoice Background Color

Here you can place a hex color code to match your brand colors and identity.

Choose Your Background Color Setting
Preset Amounts

Here you set the price amounts of the default buttons on the invoice.

Create Preset Invoice Amounts
Custom Amounts

Need to allow your customers to purchase more than the default amounts? Switch the toggle to enable a blank input allowing the consumer to charge any amount.

Switch On Custom Prices

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