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Auto-publishing AKA Dripping pages

Auto-publishing pages in a  membership site are designed for the situation when you want people to have access to the given content at different times. It's what lets you do evergreen products and drip-content, where a module is released each week following purchase, regardless of when they chose to purchase. Or allow you to use the same site over and over again for different groups/classes going through the same course. For this reason, they're optimized for use with Auto-Responses and Automations, which are also designed for things happening at different times for different people. 

Dripping Content

Each page, course, or lesson inside a Membership site can be automatically dripped out over time using the "Auto-publish" status on each option as you could on each page within Membership Site*

What this means is that the page is ready to go, but when a new customer first gets access to your membership site or space, they won't be able to see this page. You have to somehow give them access first either through a trigger, automation, or broadcast/email within Simplero.

Here's what it looks like in each area...

On a Membership Site Page

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On a Course

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On a Module

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On a Course Lesson

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 In a Space

*Spaces are a Deprecated feature so if your account was activated after 2018 you will not have access to this feature


Releasing Access Using an Auto-Response

  1. Create an auto-response, scheduled for x number of days after they subscribed/purchased.
  2. Select Lists & Contacts from your Simplero Dashboard
  3. In the Lists tab, select the list you want to create an auto-response
  4. Select the Auto-Responses tab
  5. Click the blue + Add auto-response button

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  6. Enter the Subject and number of days When to send your auto-response and click the Add auto-response button

  7. Complete your auto-response information

    • Subject - What customers see
    • Internal Subject - What admin screen calls the email (only you can see)
    • Email body - Type the email you want for this auto-responseComplete your auto-response information
    • Triggers: This section is not required for an autoresponder but it does allow you to have the system perform an automated action when an autoresponder is sent. See our guide on triggers for more information about how they work. 
    • Click the blue Save changes button
  8. At the bottom of the page below the email body box, you'll have checkboxes next to each page that is set to auto-publish. 


Releasing Access Using a Broadcast

  1. Create a new broadcast. Check out our guides: Auto-publishing a Page in a Broadcast
  2. IMPORTANT: Be sure to select a list or product that is giving access to this membership site/space. You cannot have additional recipients that do not have access to that same membership site/space; if you do the auto-publish option won't be available. If you haven't given access to a membership site/space yet, go to the List or Product, then go to Content, under membership site/space, click "add existing membership site/space' and select the membership site/space. 
  3. After you've selected your recipients, go edit the email body. You'll now see a set of checkboxes under the editor, where you can choose to release pages on the membership site/space

  4. Check the page you want to auto-publish. This will place a link in your email with the page title. You can use that link in the broadcast, edit the text of it, or delete it. As long as the page is checked the recipients will get access
  5. Finish adding copy and send as normal. 

As soon as the email goes out—whether auto-response or broadcast—the recipients will now be able to view the pages you selected.

If you want or need to override the pages that any given contact has access to, find their contact page using the global search field in the navigation bar up top, then find the membership site/space in question, and you should see a link that says "Manage access". Click that, and you can choose which auto-published pages this contact has or does not have access to.

Releasing Access Using Automations

You can also release content using automations. 

  1. Create an automation
    • Select Automation from your Simplero Dashboard
    • In the Automations tab, click the + Create new automation button in the upper right corner

    • Give your new automation a name and click OK to save

    • Click the + Add a step button to add your action step 

    • In your action step, click the drop-down arrow to choose the option "Give access to a site/page", select the site/page name and click the Save changes button

  2. Then set up a Trigger on the product or list that starts the automation when they subscribe or a new participant is activated for the first time.
    • Select Products from your Simplero Dashboard
    • In the Products tab, select the product you want to add the trigger
    • Select the Content tab
    • Scroll down to the Triggers section and click the + Add trigger button

    • In the Add new trigger pop-up screen, click the drop-down menu to select the option for Participant Activated, first time only, Subscribe to a list, choose Which list and click the Save changes button

    • You're all set! The automation will then be in charge of giving your customers access the content

IMPORTANT: If using an automation to release access to a page within the membership site/space then the automation controls their access and not the product. Therefore when you go to the "manage access" link within the client screen in the product you will not see the page listed as viewable. 

Releasing Access Using Triggers

You can also give access to the auto-published page via triggers. 

  1. Select Products from your Simplero Dashboard
  2. In the Products tab, select the product you want to add the trigger
  3. Select the Content tab
  4. Scroll down to the Triggers section and click the + Add trigger button

  5. In the Add new trigger pop-up screen, click the drop-down menu to select the option for Participant: Activated, Give access to a page, choose Which list and click the Save changes button


Releasing Through a Segment

You can also give access to a page to people across more than one product or list and without sending an email. 

  1. Select Lists & Contacts from your Simplero Dashboard
  2. Select the Segments tab
  3. Click the blue + Create a segment button located in the upper right corner

  4. In the Include section, click the white Add... button and choose all the products or lists of contacts you want to give the page to (e.g. a list, broadcast, product, auto-response, automation, space, etc.) and then click the blue Save button and this will start populating all the contacts for that segment

  5. Now perform the action for your segment by selecting the white Perform action... button from the top action menu

  6. In the Perform an action pop-up screen will open, click the drop-down menu to select the option for Give access to a site/page, choose Which site and click the Go do it! button

Last updated 25 Apr 2019.