Connector Admin Interface

After having integrated Connector into your website (see chapter Integration), you can configure the content that you want to sell, using Connector Admin Interface.

The URL that you use to access Connector Admin Interface depends on the region and environment of your integration. You can find the proper URL(s) in section URLs of Connector Admin Interface. More details about how and why URLs are put together like this are provided in chapter Regions, Environments and Locales.

Connector Admin Interface allows you to set up the following configuration items:

  • Templates
  • Price Points
  • Single Purchases
  • Time Passes
  • Subscriptions

Basic setup

Price Points

Price Points is the section where you’ll centrally manage prices: Define your prices here, use them all over Connector, and edit them globally here when your prices change. To configure Price Points, click on the “Integration” menu item, then click on “Price Points”.

Templates

In order to sell content on your website, you’ll configure Connector to identify templates on your website. In simple terms that means “Where on this page is the content that I want to sell?” and “Where is the title of an article?”. This is called a Template.

Let’s walk through creating a Template for articles.

  • First, click on the “Integration” menu item, then click on “Templates”.
  • Click on the + icon next to the page’s headline. A form to define a new Template will appear.
  • Enter a name for your Template, e.g. “Article”.
  • Use CSS selectors to define certain elements on a page:
    • “Content to sell” should match one or multiple elements that contain the content you want to sell.
    • “Title of article” should match the element that contains the title of an article.
    • “Content to display under overlay (excerpt)” is an optional selector. If specified, it should match one or more elements that will replace the original content and will be placed behind the blurred background of the purchase dialog. This content can be revealed by users in the “Reader Mode”. It is also available to search engines. If not specified or there is no matching element, a “Lorem Ipsum” text will be used instead.

Time Passes

If you want to offer time-limited access to your content, you can do that with Time Passes.

Creating a Time Pass is a two step process - you’ll create Time Pass Variants that define individual time-limited access, and you’ll create a Time Pass, which will be the underlying template for the different Time Pass Variants.

Let’s say you want to sell time-limited access to all your sports articles – then you would create a Time Pass for your sports section, telling Connector: “I want to offer one or multiple time passes for the following articles”. For that Time Pass you could create several Time Pass Variants, e.g. a “Week Pass” or a “Year Pass”, both valid for different periods of time, displaying different prices and different descriptions to the user.

If you wanted to change individual offerings, e.g. the price of the “Week Pass”, you would change the respective Time Pass Variants. If something fundamental (like the path to your sports articles) changed, you would edit the underlying Time Pass.

So let’s create a Time Pass Variant first:

  • Go to the “Time Pass Variants” section under “Integration” and click the + icon next to the page’s header. You will see the form for adding a new Time Pass Variant.
  • The Validity Period defines how long the user will have access to the respective content. After that period, the user no longer has access – Time Passes do not renew automatically. The longest possible validity period is one year.
  • Select a price - one of the Price Points that you defined in the steps above.
  • Enter a title and description to indicate which Time Pass the user is purchasing, e.g. “Week Pass”. The title of a Time Pass will appear on the user’s LaterPay invoice, the description won’t.

Then let’s create a Time Pass:

  • Navigate to the “Time Passes” section under “Offering” and click the + icon next to the page’s header. You will see the form for adding a new Time Pass.
  • Enter a title. This is the internal title for that Time Pass – choose a descriptive name to make the Time Pass easy to identify. Note: The user will not see this title on his invoice, but the title of the respective Time Pass Variant instead.
  • Enter the content URL path that this Time Pass is being offered for. Time Passes can cover single URL paths or ranges of URL paths if the “Match all URLs where the path starts with this string” option is enabled: A Time Pass with the path /articles/sports and “Match all URLs where the path starts with this string” option enabled will give access to all pages with a path starting with /articles/sports.
  • Select one of your previously created Templates.
  • The last step is to select all the Time Pass Variants you want to offer for this Time Pass: Simply click on a Time Pass Variant to select or deselect the respective Time Pass Variant. Note that a Time Pass is only offered to the user if at least one Time Pass Variant has been selected.

Define the content you want to sell

Single Purchase

Now let’s define the content you want to sell – your Single Purchases. Single Purchases represent content confined to a single page or URL.

Create a Single Purchase as follows: Click on the “Offering” menu item, then click on “Single Purchase”. Click on the + icon next to the page’s headline. A form to define new Single Purchase will appear.

Let’s say we want to sell an amazingly informative article about “How to integrate LaterPay Connector” on http://example.com/how-to-integrate.html.

  • First, enter a title for the Single Purchase, e.g. its headline or the name of a section of a website. In our example, that would be “How to integrate LaterPay Connector”.
  • Next, enter the URL path for this piece of content. In our example, that would be /how-to-integrate.html.
  • Then, select one of the Templates that you defined in the Templates section. That tells Connector which parts of the given page it should protect, remove and preserve.
  • Finally, choose one of the Price Points you defined in the Price Points section.

Note

Connector does not currently support URL paths with querystrings (/how-to-integrate?mobile=true) or fragments (/how-to-integrate#part2). Please enter the base URL path (/how-to-integrate) instead, and Connector will automatically match URLs with this same base path that have querystrings or fragments. If you need to distinguish between two different pieces of content using querystrings or fragments (e.g., /how-to-integrate?id=1 and /how-to-integrate?id=2), you should instead use an Article ID to identify your content.

Congratulations – your content is ready to sell!