ConvertKit is a simple to use but powerful email marketing sytem for professional bloggers. Restrict Content Pro is a membership plugin that makes it extremely easy to deliver premium content to your subscribers. Together they provide a really straightforward foundation for a membership site. Here’s how to integrate them.
The extension ensures that when visitors purchase a new membership on your site through RCP, they are automatically subscribed to the specific ConvertKit forms and courses you associate with the membership.
Before we begin you may find it helpful to download a pdf of the instructions, so you can easily read them while working on the integration. You can get this by quickly downloading my ConvertKit Integrations Guide.
Step-by-step guide to integrating Restrict Contact Pro with ConvertKit.
Here’s how to set it up.
Preliminaries: In ConvertKit, set up the form you wish to use, and any tags you want to associate with new members.
1. After you’ve installed the ConvertKit-RCP plugin in the usual way, you need to go to Settings and enter your license key.
2. Login to your ConvertKit account and select the Account tab. Copy and paste your API key and your API Secret.
3. This is the Default form and can be overridden later by selecting a specific form for each Membership level (see step 6 below).
4. The extension will add a subscription check box to the RCP Membership subscription page. Choose a label for the check box.
5. Alternatively, you may choose to hide the check box and automatically subscribe new members. Note new subscribers will still receive a subscription confirmation email even if they have been auto-subscribed.
6. To select a specific form for each RCP membership level go to the RCP plugin. From the Admin Dashboard Select Restrict/Subscription Levels. Select a membership level to edit (or Add a new membership Level if you need to). You’ll see that a couple of new fields have been added at the bottom of the Subscription Level window. First select a ConvertKit Form that new members should be subscribed too. You can use the system default, or select a different form.
7. Now select any ConvertKit Tags that you want to associate with new subscribers to that level. Click Update Subscription.
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ConvertKit is a simple to use but powerful email marketing system for professional bloggers. Restrict Content Pro is a membership plugin that makes it extremely easy to deliver premium content to your subscribers. Together they provide a really straightforward foundation for a membership site.
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