Setting and customizing content access (registration wall and paywall rules)

Learn how to customize content access

Steps on how to customize your content access with registration walls and paywall rules.

With Pico, you can apply content restriction rules to any article or page tied to registration rules or monetization plans. Examples of how this feature might be used:

  • allow some or all of your content to live behind a registration wall and/or paywall
  • unlock some content for readers with a special discount code
  • have a "members-only" section of your site

1. Choose a unique tag to designate locked content. 

You may wish to use multiple tags in case you plan to customize multiple access rules. For example, "paywall", "registered", "premium", etc. 

Here's an example of entered tags within a monetization plan:

Tags entered in the Pico publisher app must be lower case! If you notice the rule is not applying to a specific tagged article, be sure to verify that the tag is entered in all lower case in the rule settings. 

⚠️ Allowing Free Access to Coronavirus-related content. 
It is not currently possible to exclude certain tags/categories from a paywall. To offer free access to Covid-19 content while maintaining a paywall, consider applying tags to the rest of the content on your site, and selecting those tags/categories in your taxonomy rules under the "Only lock content that contains the following tags or categories" section.

We recommend either using the existing categories on your site and adding all categories that do not contain Coronavirus content to the taxonomy rules, or applying a "paywall" tag to all content that you wish to be behind a paywall and adding the "paywall" value to the taxonomy rules of your monetization plan. This can be done using the steps below.

2. Tag all the posts that you wish to apply that particular access rule to. 

If you need to apply tags to many posts at once (e.g., retroactively) or apply tags to non-post pages, you should use a plugin like Simple Tags or manually run a SQL query assigning a tag to the pages you wish to restrict. Pico reads from both Tags and Category values in our Taxonomy, so you can use either (or a combination of both).

3. Enable to the lock content setting

Once a tag has been applied, you can lock that content using the Registration Rule or Monetization Plan editor in the IAM section at

-Creating a registration wall for content tagged "registered"

-Creating a paywall for content tagged "paywall"

Learn more about Creating Registration Rules or Creating Monetization Plans