How To Set Up A Drip-Feed
If you need a membership site which drip-feed content to your customers, you need to set up the structure first.
Let’s assume that you are setting up your membership site to distribute content to your members 4 times per month on autopilot.
If you choose a different distribution of your content; all you need to do is modify the format below to accommodate more or less frequent content.
You need to set up your internal file structure in your secure member’s area to facilitate the drip feed process.
You will do this by accessing your file server through your FTP
Create Content Folder Structure
- You need to create the main content folder for your membership site and then each individual month’s content folders within your main content folder. The content folder is where each month’s members content goes.
- Inside your secure folder create a new folder and name it “my-content”
- Inside your secure members’ area my-content folder which is http://yourdomain.com/yourmemberarea/my-content/ you need to create a folder for each month the site will run, you can always add more later but for now we’ll just do 12.
- Inside your “my-content” folder create 12 folders using the following names: m1, m2, m3, m4, m5, m6, m7, m8, m9, m10, m11, m12
After doing this you should have 12 different months of folders in your
my-content folder and it should look something like this:
Upload Your Membership site Content To Your Server
The next step is to upload all of your content for your members into
their respective month’s on “my-content” folder.
So using your FTP program you will want to upload all your Month 1
content to your “my-content/m1/”, your Month 2 content to your
“my-content/m2/” folder and so on for each month.
Now you can create your download links for each piece of content.
Edit HTML Files
You need edit/create/modify the private members-only web pages that your members will access from within the members area.
One more time, Which Are the HTML Pages You Need To Create:
- Sales Page – This is your sales page that is designed to convert prospects into paying customers
- Thank You Page – The thank you page is the first page your new customer will see after completing the payment process. This page will either contain an opt-in form or a link to your membership sign-up page
- Members’ Area Homepage – This is the secure members’ area home page that will show up first when your members log into the members’ area. This home page could be a basic webpage with a bunch of download links, or it could be a fully functional website, blog or forum, depending on the type of site you are designing.
- Download Area – Depending on what your membership site is offering as content, you will need to have some sort of download area located within the members’ area where your members can download or access their content as it is released. This could be a separate web page or just a section on your member’s area home page.
- Contact Page – You technically should have two contact pages, one in your “public_html”folder or “public_html/addondomain/” and linked to your sales page for prospects to contact you through, and you should also have a private members-only contact page within the members area, so that your members can get a hold of you if needed . This is very important. A contact page can be
- a simple page that contains your email address or
- a better choice is to have your contact link lead to a help desk or contact form
- Affiliate Page – If you have an affiliate program, you will need to have a separate page that is dedicated to letting people know about your affiliate program and how it works
- OTO1 and OTO2 Pages– if you decide to have otos, you need separate pages for each of them
- Upgrade page – if you have many levels for your membership site then you need to upgrade from one level to another.
Upload Your Site’s Web Pages To Your Server
The next step is to upload your membership area web pages to a secure member area folder inside of your site. You should have four (4) web pages for each month.
Page Naming Structure
All the web pages for your membership site have been named to
correspond with the month and delivery time for when they are
supposed to be delivered.
For example: The month 7 web pages are named:
This is the scenario for all months with the exception if month 1 which will start with index.htm
The basic delivery format for 4 times of Month 1 is:
Note: It is recommended to create this structure first using FTP. And load HTML pages as you create them but pay attention to the rule you already established, 4 times per month must be “4 times per month”.
To be sure that you are not stressed with the dead-lines of delivery, you need to have minimum 2 months of info created prior you launch your membership site.
To create a WordPress Membership Site (which will handle drip-feed) you can use:
In summary: I hope the Drip-feed membership site is clear now, it is not a rocket scientist theory behind it, but you must be careful to set-up right to be sure that the automate process will work properly.
Until next time be well