08 Feb MedioPay Version 1.7: Design your blog’s micropayment economy.
Version 1.7 is quite a large upgrade. It contains a lot of code optimization and some new features: You have more options for the tipping button and you can add a second receiver for payments. This allows to easily create your own paywall-based magazine.
This release notes start with a few general notes about MedioPay and our development philosophy. If you want to directly read what’s new, you can skip them.
More is More
In app development, it is a common philosophy to make things as easy as possible and to reduce options. For the readers of blogs using MedioPay this is fulfilled by MoneyButton. Every MedioPay payment is executed by simply the swipe of a button.
Though readers are not the users of MedioPay. Our users are bloggers that want to earn money with their work. They seem to want not less, but more options.
MedioPay creates something that has never been done before: real micropayments for publishers. It goes far beyond simple paywalls and 1-to-1-transactions. MedioPay allows publishers to engineer complex payment streams. For more infos about how MedioPay incentivizes your readers to participate in micropayments read our first release notes.
Since we have no empiric knowledge about real micropayments, we don’t know what works and what doesn’t. So we have to try. We will add as much features as we come up with, test how they work, and take the feedback of our users. If a feature sticks, we improve and build on it, if it doesn’t, we might depreciate it.
Build your paywalled magazine
The most important feature of MedioPay 1.7 is the option to set a second base receiver for each post and define the share he gets.
There are two options to set this: In your settings you can use the “co-owner mode”, which is ideal if you blog as a team and want to share your income, or give a part to a designer or system admin and so on.
The other option is to set the second receiver on a widget on the right side of the editor. This is the “magazine mode”. It allows you to create a magazine based on MedioPay, in which authors can submit articles and the editor publishes them; all payments go directly to the authors, while the editor can take his cut.
Better tipping buttons
Another focus of 1.7 is the tipping functionality. We sincerely believe that paywalls for single articles will become a core pillar to finance publishing.
But the transformation is hard. Hiding articles behind a paywall creates a lot of pain, like losses in SEO, advertisement income and shareability. Tipping buttons are a method to introduce readers to micropayments more smoothly.
The MedioPay toolset already allows to incentivize tipping by income sharing and affiliate links. Now we added two features:
1.) You can put a tipping button anywhere in your post. Sometimes readers don’t finish a long text – what doesn’t necessarily means they don’t like it – and sometimes they ignore what is at the bottom of a page. Placing a tipping button in the middle of a post might helps. To do so, you have to use the [ tipme ][ /tipme ] shortcode. You can add an amount and a message: [ tipme amount=0.01 msg=Please tip me ] [ /tipme ] (space between brackets and tipme to prevent that it pops up here).
2.) When you activate “editable tipping buttons” in your settings, readers can tip whatever amount they want. The common experience with donations is that the amount people want to give varies heavily. The largest parts of donation income is generated by a few, but gracious readers.
Here is how both features combined look like:
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– You can now chose the color of the links in the paywall. This feature was requested by coinblockdesk.com. With this we continue the journey to make the paywall design more configurable.
– Content delivery is no longer done with Ajax / JQuery, but the more stable WordPress Rest API. This step is important, as it makes MedioPay more interoperable. This migration was motivated by an issue BitCoin Dragon Hunt had with the delivery through Ajax.
– We improved the performance. WordPress often runs on small machines and is already slow due to the many php scripts it contains. Thus, it is important to reduce the overhead MedioPay creates. Version 1.7 delivers a lot of speed improvements.
We tested the new version of MedioPay extensively on a variety of setups and servers for any use case and backward compatibility. But since no WordPress blog is like another, and since on every blog a large variety of factors play together, we can’t know for sure that it will run fine on your site.
We highly appreciate any feedback and will work day and night to fix a bug you report. You can leave a message here, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, join our telegram channel or give us a shout on twitter.
To use version 1.7 you can either download or install it from the WordPress directory or update the plugin in your blog.