How to Unlock Password Protected Categories with Quick Access Links

In this article, we will walk you through the following sections:

Requirements:

What are the quick access links?

A quick access link is created by combining 2 parts:

  • page URL where you want users to access
  • access token allowing users to access the content directly without entering a password

A quick access link will be something like https://passwordprotectwp.com/demo/product-category/clothing/accessories/?ppwp_al=eyJwYXNzd29yZCI6InBhc3N3b3JkX2xldmVsMCJ9

How to generate quick access links

Step 1: Get the page URL.

Step 2: Get an access token.

After protecting a category with PPWP Access Levels, switch to the Manage Passwords and click on “Copy Access Token” button.

Our plugin will automatically generate an access token corresponding to a password. It should be something like
?ppwp_al=eyJwYXNzd29yZCI6InBhc3N3b3JkX2xldmVsMCJ9

A few things are worth noting:

  • The level of the password must be equal or higher than the level of a protected category
  • An access link is associated with one password by default. That means when you edit/ deactivate/ activate/ delete a password, you’re editing/ deactivating/ activating/ deleting the corresponding access link.

Step 3: Combine page URL and access token to create a quick access link.

It’s important to know that a link can not include more than one question mark (?). So if your page URL follows this format https://passwordprotectwp.com/demo/?cat=45, the access link will be like below:
https://passwordprotectwp.com/demo/?cat=45&ppwp_al=eyJwYXNzd29yZCI6InBhc3N3b3JkX2xldmVsMCJ9

How quick access links work

If your users access protected content via its original link, e.g. https://passwordprotectwp.com/demo/product-category/clothing/accessories/, they will be prompted to enter a valid password to unlock the content. However, if they use the quick access link, they can see the protected content directly.

Our plugin also saves a cookie containing a password to their browser at the same time. As a result, users are able to re-visit the page multiple times without proving a password until the cookie expires.

    • You can modify the cookie expiration time under our plugin’s settings page.
    • If users re-access the page via the quick access link, a new cookie will be generated and override the existing one.
Lasted updated on May 21, 2020