October 29, 2010 at 8:29 am #2131
There’s a similar question on this forum post – https://support.tipsandtricks-hq.com/forums/topic/free-download-then-add-into-autoresponder – but since it sounds different to mine I thought it best to start my own thread.
OK, I’ve created some HTML squeeze pages that people will be able to download for free. I just added a blog for the purpose mainly of using estore for the secured download page.
This is how the flow would work:
1) Visitor arrives at HTML (not wp) squeeze page
2) Opts in (I’m using Aweber)
3) After optin is sent either to my HTML “thank you for subscribing” page which then tells them to “click the link to confirm their subscription”
4) The second email that arrives (after confirmation) I want to have a link to the download page which will be on my blog (for security purposes). Does that make sense?
Firstly, I’m new to aweber so I assume this is possible, ie:
Squeeze (html) >> thank you page (html) >> download page (blog page) (where download link is)
I could create custom pages in wordpress so the squeeze page(s) are actually part of the blog, that’s another option but I’m hoping to simply be able to send them the download page hosted on my blog.
Anyway, I’m assuming I can do the above, correct? As long as my blog download page is the link on the “thanks for confirming your subscription” email. I don’t see this as being a problem but wanted to ask.
Btw, my blog is not in the root, it’s in a /blog/ folder (not that it should matter).
Just wondering if there would be any issues such as when I set up the estore plugin. Can I simply add a download page to my blog without someone clicking a “buy now” or “optin” button on my blog and instead let Aweber capture the email/optin on my html site first, and the download page be on my blog protected by the estore plugin?
EDIT:// after just uploading estore, I’m starting to wonder if this is possible because I think the whole process needs to go through the plugin, right?
Anyway, hopefully you guys can help me with this. The reason my squeeze isn’t a blog page is because my free templates are html templates and I wanted to use my html squeeze page as an example of what people will get when they optin. I simply want to use estore to protect my downloads, make sense? Possible?
PS – I have v3.8, is that the current version?October 29, 2010 at 11:05 am #25941wzpModerator
Anyplace you can stick a shortcode, you can use one of two buttons that I think might be appropriate to your situation. The first, is a “free” download button. The second, is the “squeeze” button, that contains a mini-form; asking for a valid e-mail, and a name. But since you have already, by this point, collected the opt-in information; the “free” download button might be what you are looking for.October 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm #25942
I think I understand. So, after collecting the optin info, and after they confirm by clicking the confirmation link (double-optin by this point) then the final email that says not only “thanks for confirming” but I believe I can then have more text in that email saying along the lines, “to download your free templates, click this link” which could be to a page on my BLOG (no more html at this point) which I would display a “button”?
So, a button instead of a link? I guess though, the page I send them to wouldn’t be secure or does that matter?
If I have to, I’ll figure out how to create my html squeeze page (the one I’m collecting optins from) into a wordpress page. I mean, I can simply try creating a page template.
I suppose what I’m really after is being able to secure my download link so even if the download PAGE is another html page but the download BUTTON leads to a secure location on my site (within the blog) then that would work too. Could it also be a link?
So, it’s sort of sounding like it could go like:
squeeze page (html) >> thank you page (html) >> download page (html) with a button that secures a folder on my blog so the button would link to something like mydomain.com/blog/secured-download-folder/product.zip?=some-random-numbers ? I don’t know php but you hopefully understand what I’m asking
How can I find out more about this “free” download button?
ScottOctober 30, 2010 at 1:08 am #25943
You just use the following shortcode to create secure download now button for a product:
1 is the product ID.
Remember, all the available shortcodes are listed here:October 30, 2010 at 1:28 am #25944October 30, 2010 at 6:41 am #25945
So, to clarify, the html pages and the sign up process (Aweber) does not have to go through the estore plugin?
I can simply create a download button and inside the plugin (wp dashboard) tell the button which folder has the zip file?
Also, is v3.8 the correct version of the plugin?
ScottOctober 30, 2010 at 11:15 am #25946wzpModerator
You should download an update…October 31, 2010 at 3:09 am #25947
“the html pages and the sign up process (Aweber) does not have to go through the estore plugin?” – Nope, you can directly place the aweber signup form on a html page.
You can always find the latest build of eStore here:October 31, 2010 at 10:02 am #25948
OK, one last question. Does the download button have to be a button? I envisioned my download-page.html to have a link where I tell them to right-click “Save As” kind of thing.
Sorry, just new to all this.
If I can only use a button (because I’m using a shortcode) then fair enough. I suppose I could hack into the php of the plugin and just get rid of the image (ie button) right?
Possible to make it a link instead?
CheersNovember 1, 2010 at 4:10 am #25949
Yeah it needs to be a button as it’s not a direct download. You can specify an image for that button though.
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