WordPress Invitation Code - How To - Charge Users for Access Code

Charging Users for Access Code

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TIP: What Are Shortcodes

Shortcodes add dynamic content to your site via a small piece of code.

Learn more: Shortcodes - How To Use | Finding ID of Post/Page/Other Content

How It Works

  • Payment requires WooCommerce. EDD is not compatible.
  • Add a price to an individual code
  • Add a payment box anywhere on your site so users can pay (done via shortcode)
  • After payment, users receive the code by email

What Is This Feature

You can charge users for purchasing an access code. Meaning they will have to pay to be granted access to any content you locked.

Paybox for purchasing an invitation code - WordPress Invitation Code
Paybox for purchasing an invitation code

This feature was added in version 1.2.9 of WordPress Invitation Code plugin.

Set Up

Step 1) Enable Payments

Head to Admin Dashboard → Invitation Code Content Access → Settings → General tab. Under the Payment section, set Enable Payment to Yes.

Enabling payment feature for invitation codes - Content Access Plugin
Enabling payment feature for invitation codes

Step 2) Add Price to Code

When creating or editing a code, pay attention to the "Price" field. That's where you set the price (in WooCommerce's set currency).

Setting price for an invitation code - WordPress Content Restriction
Setting price for an invitation code


Price Has To Be Higher Than 0!

Step 3) Add Payment Option on Site

Once you publish this code, a helpful reminder will appear.

Shortcode to display a paybox - Access Content in WP
Shortcode to display a paybox

You use this shortcode to show the payment on the Front-end. The shortcode is [cmicca_paybox id=""], including the code id.

Shortcode to display a paybox - Private Content WordPress Plugin
Shortcode to display a paybox

TIP: Finding Code ID

How to find an ID of the invitation code - WordPress Content Access
How to find an ID of the invitation code

Alternative Set Up

Starting from version 1.3.7 of WordPress Invitation Code plugin you can disable the automatic creation/updating WooCommerce products for invitation codes. So, a manually created product can be associated with a particular code.

Head to SettingsGeneral tab. Under the Payment section, set "No" in the following feature.

Autocreation WooCommerce products for invitation codes - WordPress Content Access Code
Autocreation WooCommerce products for invitation codes

To set the price for the invitation code first you need to manually create the WooCommerce product.

When the WooCommerce product is created you need to get its ID.

How to find WooCommerce product ID - WordPress Restrict Content Plugin
How to find WooCommerce product ID

Then, while creating or editing the invitation code, you put this ID in the WooCommerce product ID field:

Associating an invitation code with a WooCommerce product - WordPress Invitation Code
Associating an invitation code with a WooCommerce product

You can also:

  • allow the customers to enter the number of invitation codes to order by enabling Show Quantity input feature.
  • Write some extra information in Additional purchase notes that customers will see in front-end.

Extra Steps (Only Once)

Step 4) Configuring Message Sent With Code After Payment

Let's ensure users receive the code after payment. Head to the Notifications tab.

Navigation to notifications settings - Content Access Plugin
Navigation to notifications settings

The relevant message is Payment Confirmation Notifications. Edit the subject and then the email content.

The content accepts these placeholders:

  • [FNAME] - First name.
  • [LNAME] - Last name.
  • [ICODE] - Becomes the actual code.
Payment Confirmation Notifications - WordPress Content Restriction
Payment Confirmation Notifications

Important - Never Remove [ICODE]

If the message doesn't [ICODE], the user won't receive the code after payment!

Step 5) Labels (Translating The Interface)

You can change the relevant text to anything you like. Head to the Labels tab to see all options.

Labels settings - Access Content in WP
Labels settings

What is "$%.2f"?

Since every code has its own price, the label must be able to fetch the value. Writing "$%.2f" does exactly this. If we consider a code costs $12.341, "$%.2f" will return "$12.34". 

The code can be customized. 

Case 1) I have experience with coding

Refer to PHP's  sprintf function manual or also test it live on PHP Sandbox.

Case 2) I don't have experience with coding

We can break it down to make it simpler to edit it:

Price placeholder - Private Content WordPress Plugin
Price placeholder

The examples below use the $12.341 price.

  • $ - Is not actually a code: it will be shown as written, so it can be replaced. That allows you to change the currency easily: "%.2f ¥" will return "12.34 ¥", for instance. 
  • % - This is a variable and will be replaced with the actual price.
  • .2f - This section defines how many digits will be shown after the point. So, using "$%.1f" would return "$12.3", because 12.34 is rounded as 12.3.
  • Examples: 
    • "US$ %.2f" returns "US$ 12.34".
    • "%,.3fPLN" returns "12,341PLN".

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