Guide to Protecting your Images with Patreon Connect

When you first activate Patreon Connect, a directory is created under your ‘wp-content/uploads’ directory. This directory is protected and any requests to files within this folder will be processed by Patreon Connect, where the users current patronage will be checked.

If you want to see how this example above works, pledge as a ‘Demo Patron’ to my Patreon campaign and:

To take advantage of this feature, you need to install another plugin that will let you manager folders of your sites media. One I know that is very good at this is ‘Media Library Folders‘ and is actually pretty easy to use. Follow the directions to install this plugin. Once it is installed, it should look like this:

Notice the folders in the left column - only images under 'patreon_protect' can be protected
Notice the folders in the left column – only images under ‘patreon_protect’ can be protected

After you have uploaded your images, you will need to set a dollar value on them to protect them. These images have a default value of 0. Click on an image and when you are on the media attachment screen, it will look like the below:

Patreon level is the $ value required to view the image

If successful  you should have protected images! As long as you have set the correct Patreon level.

Example gallery with one image that has a Patreon level of $1

Thats it!
Your image will be protected from non-patrons and patrons that do not meet the minimum contribution level.