Patreon Launches App Directory and Free WordPress Plugin for Membership Sites

Patreon was founded in May 2013 as a service with business tools that allow content creators to crowdfund their work through donations and subscriptions. The service is now expanding to help users connect their accounts to more third-party tools that make patron management easier. Patreon launched its new App Directory and Developer Portal today, featuring a free WordPress plugin that offers basic membership capabilities.

The plugin uses the Patreon API to tell the WordPress site who is a patron and what pledge level they are at. Patrons can then click on the “Connect with Patreon” button included with the plugin and site owners will have the ability to publish posts that are viewable by patrons only. It also includes an option to provide an ad-free experience for patrons visiting the site.

The plugin is free, maintained and supported by Patreon, and released under the Apache License Version 2.0. Users who want more features can purchase a commercial plugin called Patron Plugin Pro, which is available in the App Directory from a third party. It offers more granular control over content restriction:

  • Make entire site patron only with a single click
  • Mark an entire post, post type, or parts of content as patron-only with a click
  • Customizable different types of notifications for Patron only content with Message and buttons
  • Custom Banner/Notification for non-patrons viewing a patron-only Post
  • Protect excerpts in listings for patron-only content

Usage of the plugin is $30/year, which includes ongoing updates and access to community support. It does not include premium support. Patron Plugin Pro was created and maintained by CodeBard, a company that also has a plugin on for adding Patreon buttons and widgets. For those who want to build their own integrations, Patreon’s new Developer Portal has documentation on its REST API and Webhooks.

Last month Patreon announced that the company had raised $60M in new funding and hinted that integrations with other platforms were coming. Today’s announcement of apps for WordPress, Zapier, Discourse, Slack, and other services is the beginning of the company’s plan to make a whole ecosystem of tools available to help creators expand their memberships.


5 responses to “Patreon Launches App Directory and Free WordPress Plugin for Membership Sites”

  1. Thanks for mentioning my plugin, Patron Plugin Pro.

    More features will be coming to our plugin since users seem to be wanting different content locking options. One of the requests was locking content based on a Patron’s start date of patronage, for example, another was having patron-only posts available to patrons only for a certain duration of time…

    Some other upcoming features are CTA shortcodes, customizable CTAs, patron level/badge display for logged in users and various more in the pipeline.

    Looking forward to enabling artists, creators and freeing them from the middlemen!

    • Indeed, many creators are asking for it.

      I very much think that one or some of those features will be up this weekend or at latest monday:

      Limiting Post types by date (or creator patronage date)
      Limiting Single Post by date (or creator patronage date)
      Limiting entire site by date (or creator patronage date)

  2. Great idea for a plugin few questions..

    what is the licensing of this? is it gpl, etc?
    I looked for licensing info, but couldn’t even find the file to download, even after finding the tab for install instructions, which say “Download the latest version of the plugin on this page”.

    If this is not copy-prohibitive, is it documented well for changing the call back params to use a different third party connection instead of patreon?

    As much as I would LOVE to use this, it truly sounds close to perfect, I have strong concerns that locking in this kind of content blocking would put us in a pickle should patreon decide to cut off access to us and our members – seeing as they are changing their terms to be more censoring, there is no way I could count on this and be locked in without being able to change it over to hatereon or some other service for payment, and proof of previous payments.

    Perhaps you guys can open up an API to connect with s2member, or press permit core, or other paywall and content drip systems from wpmudev and others… Systems that are already handling this kind of content blocking for non-paying members / supporters..

    Those systems have already dealt with numerous issues, have support, and work with a multitude of payment processors should one or more become a problem, it’s trivial to switch and not have a dysfunctional site because of that.


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