To do that, I needed a membership site. Below are the steps that I took using the WordPress Simple Membership Plugin.
Registering for an account
Next, they will see the payment button:
After payment is completed, the user will move from the “Premium” list to the “WordPress Access.”
The next screen you will see is a congrats page:
Once someone clicks the link, they will go to their premium content.
If you try and go directly to that link without having access you will see:
Setting everything up in WordPress
Install each of these plugins:
Go into After Login Redirection
Tick “enable redirect to last page:”
Create Two Membership Levels
Set up one called “Premium Access.” This level registers you as a user to the site:
Set up one called “WordPress Access.” This user will get access to your protected (or “gated”) content:
Create a Payment Button
Create your pay page:
These are the settings for a PayPal Smart Checkout button:
Create your “congrats page”
Protect (or “gate”) your content
Tick the box at the bottom of a page for the membership level you want to give access:
If someone visits this page without being a member, they will see this page:
Create a login page:
A user will put in their username and password and be directed to the “after redirect” setting you customized here:
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This is a stellar plugin if you are just getting started with a membership site. If you want to offer different programs, you can just add those buttons and people will get added to a new membership level.