How to Create a Paywall Gate for Subscriptions, Bundles, or Tickets

Learn how to create paywall gates for video monetization with subscriptions, bundles, and tickets.

Paywalls, which are also called Subscription, Bundle, or Ticket Gates, allow you to sell tickets, bundles, or subscriptions.

Gates are created on a channel-specific basis. That means when a channel is gated, the viewer needs the associated ticket and/or subscription to view that specific channel. 

Here are the steps you can follow to add a ticket or subscription gate to your channel.

  1. Click "Channels" from the Admin Bar
  2. With your channel selected, click the "Access" tab on the right-hand side
  3. The site will show a preview of the gate
  4. Click the area marked “Access Control”
  5. You'll be prompted to choose a gate type. Choose "Ticket, Bundle, or Subscription"
  6. Click "Add Ticket, Bundle, or Subscription"
  7. Select "Ticket," "Bundle," or "Subscription" for the gate type from the dropdown menu (Note: For more detailed steps on Creating a Bundle, please see our dedicated article on the subject HERE)
  8. Fill out the requested fields:
    • Title: Name of the event
    • Subtitle: Description of event
    • Date: Date and time of the event
  9. Click "Add Ticket or Subscription"
  10. Select desired ticket or subscription(s) using the "Use" button: 
    • You can also create a new ticket or subscription by clicking "Add Ticket or Subscription"
    • Note: the Ticket or Subscription name is public-facing, so consider using something like "General Admission" or "Live Stream + VOD Rental" to describe what the viewer is purchasing
  11. You may also add a "Background Image" to your Gate for web and mobile when prompted
  12. Scroll up to the top of the screen, and hit "Publish" to save your work
  13. Ensure that the "Enable Gate" toggle is switched to “On” to activate the gate

The gate will become active once you save and publish. You can remove or change the gate at any time by toggling the gate "Off," editing it, or by selecting different tickets or subscriptions.

Hint: to preview the Gate, simply view the Gated Channel in a logged-out state. One easy way to do this is by opening the Channel in a private/incognito browsing window.

Note: You cannot put YouTube or Twitch content behind a gate, due to these services' Terms of Use.

14. To remove a Ticket or Subscription from a gate, simply click the trash can icon in the modal Access Control modal.

Managing Tickets and Subscriptions

You can add multiple tickets, subscriptions, or bundles to a Gate. This is a great way to create tiered pricing.

Tickets or subscriptions grant access to a channel for as long as they are actively applied to the gate. You can also have multiple channels active with different tickets and/or subscriptions associated with each channel. 

You may also change the tickets and/or subscriptions on a channel at any given time by simply toggling the visibility "on" or "off" on a ticket/subscription, therefore preventing new users from purchasing the deactivated ticket/subscription.

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