Configuring the LaterPay Connector

Now that you have integrated LaterPay, we can take care of the content you want to sell. That requires two steps:

  • Do some basic setup (That’s the navigation item “Integration” in the Connector backend)
  • Define the content you want to sell (That would be the navigation item “Offering”)

Basic Settings

Go to https://connector.laterpay.net (if you have signed a contract) or https://connector.sandbox.laterpaytest.net (if you only got test credentials) and log in with your LaterPay merchant account.

Price Points

Price Points are the central point to manage prices: You define them centrally, use them all over the Connector and change them globally, if you need to. To configure Price Points, just click on the according menu item “Price Points” under “Integration”.

Page Structures

If you want to sell articles on your website, you have to configure the LaterPay Connector in a way, that it can identify article-templates on your website. In simple words that means “What does this page look like? Where on this page is the premium content, what are ads, what are social media icons and so on?”. We call such a description a Page Structure. Let’s say we have a Page Structure “article”: First, go to the menu item “Integration” and click on “Page Structures”.

  • Click on the + icon next to the page’s headline. The dialog to define a new Page Structure will show up.
  • Define a name for your Page Structure, e. g. “Article”.
  • Configure the Page Structure using CSS selectors to describe which elements on the page contain content to sell, title and content to be displayed under overlay:
    • “Content to sell” is the element that contains the premium content you want to protect with LaterPay, defined by a CSS selector.
    • “Article Title” is the element that contains the title of the content to be sold,
    • “Content to display under overlay (Excerpt)” (optional) - defines element that will replace the original content and will be placed in 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. This setting is optional and if not specified or there is no matching element - a Lorem Ipsum text will be used instead.

Finally, you add a default price for this Page Structure by choosing one of the existing Price Points.

Premium Content

Be honest: That was really easy so far. Now you have to define which content you want to sell – the Premium Content. Premium Content is a single URL.

You can add Premium Content by clicking on the navigation item “Premium Content” under “Offering”. Click the + icon next to the page’s headline to define new premium content. Let’s say we want to sell an amazing article about “How to integrate LaterPay Connector” on http://www.laterpaydemo.com/typewriter.html.

  • First, add a title for the premium content, e.g. its headline or the name of a section of a website. In our example, that would be “How to integrate LaterPay Connector”.
  • Now you have to define the URL path for this piece of content. In our example, that would be /typewriter.html.
  • Now choose the Page Structure by selecting one of the Page Structures that you have defined before. That tells the Connector, which parts of the given page it should protect, remove and preserve.
  • Finally, you choose one of the existing Price Points.

Congratulations – you are ready to go and sell your content.

Time Passes

If you want to offer time-limited access to your content, you can do that with Time Passes. To avoid confusion: There are Time Passes and Time Pass Variants. A Time Pass is the template for different Time Pass Variants. Let’s say you want to sell time-limited acces to all your sports articles – then you would create a Time Pass for your sports section, telling our system “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, with different prices and a different description that is displayed to the user.

If you want to change individual offerings (e.g. the price of the “Week Pass”, you change the respective Time Pass Variants. If something fundamental (like the path to your sports articles) would change, you would change 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.
  • Title and description explain to the user, what time pass they are about to purchase. The title of a time pass will appear on the user’s LaterPay invoice, the description won’t.
  • The Validity Period defines for how long the user will gain access to the respective content. After that period, the user loses their access – time passes will not renew automatically. The longest possible validity period is one year.
  • Price is one of the Price Points, that you have set before, and defines for how much money you want to offer this Time Pass Variant.

The second step is to create a Time Pass:

  • Go 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.
  • Title 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.
  • Path is – just as for the Premium Content – the URL path that should be covered by this time pass. 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.
  • Page Structure is one of the previously created Page Structures.
  • 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 Variant. Note that a Time Pass is only offered to the user, if at least one Time Pass Variant has been selected.