When a patron pledges, they can then head over to www.yourwordpresssite.com and click your “Unlock with Patreon” button to let the site know they are a patron. When you create content on WordPress you will be given the option to limit it to only paying patrons.
This plugin is maintained by Patreon. For advanced features, you can find additional premium WordPress plugins in this directory.
FEATURES FOR CREATORS
- Choose a minimum pledge amount necessary to see a particular post
- Alternatively, set a minimum pledge amount to see all posts.
- Set custom HTML that non-patrons see instead of the post, prompting them to become a patron
- Easily embed patron-only content snippets in public posts using shortcodes
FEATURES FOR PATRONS
- This plugin adds a “Unlock with Patreon” button to every locked post.
- “Unlock with Patreon” takes care of everything: whether they’re not yet a patron, need to upgrade their pledge, or already pledging enough, we’ll guide them through the process and back to your content
FEATURES FOR DEVELOPERS
- Extend this free basic WordPress plugin with your own inter-operable plugins that install side by side.
- Rapidly develop patron-only WordPress features without initial overhead
- Immediately usable by existing Patreon creators running this plugin
Learn more in our developer portal.
This plugin is provided by Patreon for free.
Install the Patreon WordPress Plugin
- Install & activate the plugin
- Click on ‘Patreon Settings’ to view the options page. It will look something like the below, copy the ‘Redirect URI‘ into the clip board and keep for the next step.
- This plugin requires that you enable “pretty permalinks.” (ie /page-name/ as opposed to ?pid=36). You can do this from the WordPress admin interface, visit Settings > Permalinks and choose any format aside from “Plain.”
Generate API Credentials on Patreon.com
- Ensure you are logged into Patreon, using your creator account. When it comes to testing this out you will want to have two Patreon accounts, one that acts as a patron and one being the content creator. The OAuth client needs to be created on your content creating account.
- Visit the oAuth client page here and click “Create Client”, fill out the form and add in an image URL for the icon that will appear to users when they are connecting to your website.
- Note the field for ‘Redirect URI‘, this should still be in your clipboard from the previous steps – if not copy/paste it exactly as it appears on the WordPress admin Patreon Settings page.
- Click the ‘Create Client’ button, and you should now see the new client in the list.
- Click the downward facing caret on the right side to expose additional information about the client
- You should see something like this
(The keys in the image are fake, doctored for this screenshot.)
Paste Your Credentials into WordPress
- Copy and paste the Client ID and Client Secret from this page into the matching fields on the ‘Patreon Settings’ page.
- Copy the Client ID, Client Secret, Access Token, and Refresh Token from the top of this page into the WordPress admin Patreon Settings page.
- Hit ‘Update Settings’ at the bottom of the page.
- IMPORTANT FINAL STEP: In your WordPress admin ‘Settings’ -> ‘Permalinks’ section, click ‘Save’. This ensures your rewrite rules are flushed.
You should now be up and running with the Patreon WordPress plugin!
When editing a post (or a custom post type) you will see a meta box in the right column titled ‘Patreon Level’.
This box contains a text field that lets you specify a minimum contribution level in dollars. This could be $1 or $1.40 or even $10000. This is entirely up to you.
It defaults to $0 even if left empty.
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