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Content Control – Content Scheduler (Drip Content)

Content Scheduler - Drip Content

You can decide when members gain access to protected content and can even set if you want to remove access after a set period of time. Its as easy as setting a couple options for a membership level once and then anyone who joins that level will receive access to content based on the schedule you set. This is handled by Content Scheduler, a very useful part of the Content Control feature in WishList Member.

Content Scheduler allows you to drip content to members. Dripping content is an ever growing popular option for publishing content.

It is a method of releasing content bit-by-bit instead of all-at-once. So, when a new member joins an online site – instead of dropping all the content on them at once, you can “drip” out your content on a module by module basis over a set period of time.

We have included a Video Tutorial below along with a write up (including Screenshots, information on Setup and the Content Scheduler Shortcode).

Content Scheduler Setup

To get started, click on the Content Control menu option in WishList Member.

Content Scheduler - Drip Content

You’ll first need to make sure the Content Scheduler feature is enabled, so you can click on the “Settings” link.

Content Scheduler - Drip Content

Then click the toggle next to “Enable Content Scheduler”.

While you’re here, you can edit the settings for Content Scheduler by clicking the “Settings” button.

Content Scheduler - Drip Content

The Content Scheduler Settings popup appears. You can set a Page, Message or URL users will see if they try to access content that has been scheduled, but they don’t have access to it yet.

You can set what they will see by editing the options in this section. A default message is selected but you can choose or edit any option you would like.

Content Scheduler - Drip Content

Next, select the “post type” you’d like to edit. This will usually be your posts or pages, but if you (or a plugin you are using) have created any custom post types for the content you’re dripping, you can select any of those here.

Content Scheduler - Drip Content

Now you can select the post or page you would like to apply scheduling settings on. This example uses a post named “New Post”.

Then, select “Set Content Schedule (Drip)” from the dropdown.

Content Scheduler - Drip Content

The Set Content Schedule (Drip) popup appears. You can select the membership level(s) that you would like to apply the schedule to. You have the option to select one or multiple levels. The screenshot below shows the Platinum level being selected.

Next, set the number of days after the member registers for the level that you’d like the content to start showing to them. In this case, we want the post to show right away to new members, so 0 days is selected.

You can set the number of days you would like the post to “show for”. In this case, we want it to always show to members in the level once they join, so the field has been left empty.

Content Scheduler - Drip Content

Once you click the “Set Content Schedule” button, you will now see the schedule is set for that post in the Posts list.

You can edit or delete a schedule by clicking the pencil or trash can icons that will appear when you hover over a post.

Content Scheduler - Drip Content

That’s all there is to it, your content is now scheduled. Of course, this is just one example. Let’s take a look at another schedule example.

With this setup shown in the screenshots below, the selected post would show to the member 7 days after they register to the Gold membership level — and it would show for 14 days before “disappearing” for them again.

Content Scheduler - Drip Content

There are a number of creative uses for Content Scheduler. Dripping out a course, managing an onboarding sequence, displaying time-limited content and a whole lot more.

One more thing to note is the Sequential Upgrade feature is also available for dripping content. It allows for dripping content using a different method and more details can be found in the Sequential Upgrade Knowledge Base article.

Content Scheduler Shortcode

The Content Scheduler Shortcode is available to use and it can be inserted into a page or post by using a Classic Block in the WordPress Gutenberg editor or the Shortcode Creator found on the WishList Member Dashboard.

This shortcode can be used to display a list of upcoming scheduled content to members.

More details on inserting shortcodes/mergecodes can be found in this Knowledge Base article.

Below is an example of the Content Scheduler Shortcode being created using the Shortcode Creator on the WishList Member Dashboard.

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The Shortcode Creator popup appears and you can select the Content Scheduler Shortcode. A few clicks to adjust the available options and then copy the Shortcode to be inserted into the page, post, etc. of your choice.

Content Scheduler - Drip Content

This will display a list of the upcoming scheduled content. The list can show the date and time that content will be available to the member.

Content Scheduler - Drip Content

Below is an example of how the list of Upcoming Content can appear to a Member.

Content Scheduler - Drip Content

Content Scheduler is a powerful piece of the Content Control feature within WishList Member. You have the power to select when your members get to access protected content and for how long.

We also recommend checking out the other options within Content Control.

  • Content Archiver. Often referred to as the “magazine method”, content can be accessed by members who are in a membership level during the set period of time. Once a selected date hits, new members won’t be able to access that archived content while previous members can still access it.
  • Content Manager. There are times when you might want to automate the content on your site. Perhaps you want to set a page to repost over the course of the next year. Or, maybe you want to move a post to a protected category after it’s been available to the public for a week. These are a sample of what can be done using Content Manager.

You can get more details on Content Scheduler in the tutorial video below.

Video Tutorial

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