The "Login & access restriction" settings come in handy when you want to publish an online course for your website's visitors, but you would also like them to subscribe to your website or purchase the course before accessing the course.
You are thus restricting access to only those visitors who have subscribed to your website.
However, the way to protect any course is by creating a product in which that course or bundle of courses is added, and then protecting that product.
If a visitor tries to access a course or a part of a course that they do not have access to, then a message will be displayed to them as per the settings you have set up in the "Login & access restriction" panel.
The settings that you choose here will act as global settings and will be automatically applied to all your newly Thrive Apprentice courses.
However, for the already existing courses, you should keep in mind that after you set up the "Login & access restriction" settings from here, you will also have to go to the "Access restrictions" tab of your product and make sure the same settings are applied to the selected course:
Access the Settings Section
In order to access the "Login & access restriction" settings, you first have to go to your "Settings" section of your Thrive Apprentice dashboard:
Then, in the panel that opens, look for "Login & access restriction" and select it:
The "Login & access restriction" dashboard will appear on the right side of your screen and you can start using the available options from there:
Login & Registration Page
The first thing you can set up here is your "Login & registration page":
This will be the page on which your visitors can log in to access your Thrive Apprentice courses.
You can, for example, search for an already existing page from your website:
And then select the page you searched for:
If you haven't set up such a page before, and you would like to do that without returning to your WordPress admin dashboard, you can do so from the next available option, "Create new page":
Add the name of the new page, and click on "Add Page":
As soon as you do that your page will be created and you can start customizing it:
You can find all the information you need about how to set up this page in this article available in our knowledge base.
Access restriction rules
The next available section from your "Login & access restriction" settings is the "Access restriction rules" one:
You can decide here what happens if a user tries to access a course that is only available to logged-in users, or a course to which they do not have access.
User not logged in
Use the options from here if you want to decide what happens if a guest tries to access one of your courses that is only available to logged-in users.
Such a situation might be if, for example, a logged out user tries to access a course that is only available to registered users, or if a logged out user tries to access a course that is only delivered after being purchased through a third-party e-commerce platform (such as SendOwl, for example).
Click on the action to open a pop-up and see the full list of available options you can use:
In the pop-up, the first dropdown will show the options you can choose from. Select the one that best suits your needs, when it comes to what content to display for those users who are not logged in:
Find detailed information about each of these options in this article.
You can continue setting up the action using the other options from the pop-up, and click on "Save" when finished.
Not yet purchased
This section allows you to decide what happens if a user is logged in, but tries to access one of your courses that they do not have access to.
For example, these settings would come in handy if you want to decide what happens if a logged-in user tried to access a course without having purchased it through a third-party e-commerce platform, or if a logged-in user tried to access the course as a "Subscriber" user role, and the course requires a "Customer" user role instead.
Here as well you have a drop-down with the full list of available options you can use for all the users who do not have access to your courses:
Again, we have created a more in-depth article that describes what each option does, which you can find linked here.
Content is locked (drip feed protection)
This applies to the scenario where the user has access to the content, but the content is being dripped, and the piece of content they are trying to access has not yet been unlocked.
Here, as well, you can choose to display custom content or to redirect to a custom page:
I really hope this article about how to use the "Login & access restriction" settings was useful to you.
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