Integrating Steady – this means integrating Steady features into your publication, like a Paywall, an exclusive Podcast feed or a floating button.
There are many ways to integrate Steady into your publication. And there are two very different reasons why you would do this:
You need to keep this in mind when considering which features fit your project. For example, even if you don't want to offer exclusive services right now, it's always good to promote your project.
Please note that for most types of integration (marked with * below), you must first add the Steady code to your website.
Integrations for promoting your project
If nobody knows that you are offering memberships, who will support you? You need to get some eyeballs on your project. And we don’t mean as a one-off, but over and over again, even if you might feel like you’re overdoing it a bit at first.
Making your Steady project visible on your website is a very good place to start. You can use the following integrations throughout your publication to refer your audience to Steady:
This is a button that appears at the bottom of your website and floats above your content. It's discreet, but almost always visible – an ideal way to let your audience know that it's possible to support you (and that they should really get on to it!). The floating button can do two things
- Create awareness about your membership program
- Collect email addresses (leads) from potential members
A paywall hides selected content, like part of an article, on your website. The paywall is triggered as soon as a user has scrolled to a certain point in the text. It prompts them to become a member in order to continue reading. It is not displayed to members.
A soft paywall is permeable. This means that a user can click it away without first having to become a member of your publication. In this way you remind your audience that your content has value and that it is worth paying for. Many users will ignore this hint, but you should still be able to convince a decent proportion of your audience to become members.
You can configure your paywall in the publisher area.
The adblock detection is an overlay that is triggered when a visitor to your site is using an adblocker. You can decide the content of this message – of course, the best thing to do is suggest that your visitor becomes a member of your publication.
Logos, buttons and links
Embedding the Steady logo is another way to draw attention to your project. You can download our logo from the publisher area.
You can also add a link to your Steady page (steadyhq.com/yourpublication), either within some text, on a graphic you have created yourself, or with one of the graphic buttons we have prepared for you.
Integrations for offering exclusive benefits
To offer your members exclusive benefits, use the following integrations:
Unlike a soft paywall, a hard paywall allows you to hide content (mostly text) and make it exclusively available to paying members. You can configure your paywall in the publisher area – to set up a hard paywall, make sure you have not ticked “Skip Paywall”.
Audio RSS feed
You can make podcast episodes (and other audio content) available exclusively to your members with a personal audio RSS feed.
Use the Steady switch to ensure that certain content is only displayed to paying or non-paying users. For example, you can hide advertisements for paying members.
** requires Steady Code and login feature
Other useful integrations
Login with Steady*
Your visitors can use the login button directly on your website to log in as Steady members (without having to leave your website). For visitors who are already logged in to their Steady account, the button turns into a logout.
Checkout enables your audience to become paying members directly on your website.
This means that when a visitor chooses a plan, they will register with Steady and pay without leaving your website.
IMPORTANT: The checkout can only be displayed on the exact page you have connected to Steady – the URL you have entered in the Publisher Dashboard (under Integration > Setup). For example, if you entered http://meinewebsite.de there, the checkout will not work at https://meinewebsite.de.
If there are several URLs for a website (e.g. an http and an https version or versions with and without the prefix www.), we recommend redirecting all existing versions to one "correct" version (which you would then enter in the Publisher Dashboard). It is usually best to redirect all users to the secure https version. This also has advantages for SEO. Unfortunately, we can't help you configure the redirection – for this you need to contact your web host.
In order to use the Steady API, you will need some knowledge of programming. If you have worked with a REST API before, this should be quite straightforward.
The Steady API is an interface to our system that allows you to access data about your publication, your plans and your members. You can then use this to display certain things on your website, for example:
- how many members are supporting you.
- the total membership fees you earn each month.
- a comment feature exclusively for members. (You can also use the Steady Switch to do this.)
You can also use the interface to enable your members to log in to your site or app with their Steady account (OAuth 2.0).
For detailed documentation, see the API Developer Reference.
* requires the Steady code