How to Offer Downloadable Content to Your Subscribers

Last Updated: June 7, 2013

If you are looking for a way to offer downloadable content to your active subscribers you can easily do so by following this tutorial.

Requirements

  • Self-hosted WordPress install (on your own server)
  • WP eStore digital download plugin
  • WP eMember membership plugin

Set up a membership level for your subscribers

First, we will set up a membership level so users can subscribe on your WordPress blog. To do this go to WP eMember->Membership Level from your WordPress dashboard and create a new membership/subscription level.

screenshot showing how to access the membership level menu of wp emember plugin

screenshow showing how to create a new membership level

Once you click the “Submit” button the new membership/subscription level will be created. You can see all of your existing membership/subscription levels from the Membership level menu.

screenshot showing how to access the membership level menu in wp emember plugin

Configure a digital download

WP eStore plugin allows you to configure downloads for your members/subscribers.

screenshot showing how to access the add download interface of wp estore plugin

Just enter a name, price (if offered as free download the plugin will ignore the price) and URL to your digital content to create a new download.

screenshot showing how to configure a download using wp estore plugin

If you don’t have your downloadable file hosted somewhere you can quickly upload it by using the Upload File button.

All of your existing downloads can be viewed/edited from the Manage Products menu of WP eStore plugin.

screenshot showing a list of existing downloads in the wp estore plugin

Offer digital download to your members/subscribers

Create a new page where you wish to offer downloadable content to your subscribers (e.g. users who have subscribed to the “Silver” membership that you created earlier). Click the WP eStore shortcodes button on the visual editor and insert a “download” shortcode.

screenshot showing how to insert a download button to a page using wp estore plugin

Make sure that the page can only be accessed by one of your active members/subscribers.

screenshot showing how to offer downlodable content to subscribers

If anyone tries to access the page they will see the following message:

screenshot showing protected download message

When a member/subscriber is logged in they will be able to download the file:

screenshot showing how to offer free download to your members or subscribers

You can customize the look and feel of your downloadable content using various shortcodes. For example:

screenshot showing how to display download in a box

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