How to Configure the Social Locker Settings

Posted OnAug 30, 2014     CategoryPlugins     CommentsNo comment

The next step of the guide to the Social Locker WordPress plugin takes a look at the settings for the plugin, and how you can set them to get the best out of the plugin and your website.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) On the Dashboard, scroll down the left-hand sidebar and click on Social Locker. A dropdown will appear and you will be directed to the All Social Lockers page. On the dropdown menu, click on Globl Settings to get started configuring the settings.


Step 3) The first settings for Social Locker are the Language you want your buttons to be in, and the Facebook app ID that will show in the form of a sharing button for Facebook. You can create a Facebook app by reading this article and following the steps within. If you already have one, the app ID can be entered in the box provided.


Step 4) The Interrelation option can be set to On or Off. If set to on, all lockers will be linked together. If set to Off, only lockers having the same URLs will be unlocked.


Step 5) If you are using a Dynamic Theme via Ajax, you will have to set this section to On in order to get your lockers working.


Step 6) Google Analytics is extremely useful for tracking the success of your site, and if you set this option to On, the plugin generates an Event in analytics, which is then tracked so that you can see how often your content is unlocked. Make sure you have Google Analytics installed on your site before you turn this on. You can also track your statistical data so that you can see how users are interacting with your content.


Step 7) With this option, you can choose whether or not your content is locked in the RSS Feed, and allow or disallow users to read it via the RSS feed.


Step 8) The Timeout section is useful if your site is struggling to load the social buttons or is blocking them for whatever reason (this could depend on the browser extension you are using). You should increase the value in the box only if your website is loading slowly and the error keeps appearing. You can also set up a Debug so that lockers will always appear, even if they have already been unlocked.


Step 9) You can view the Usage Statistic of the Social Lockers on your site by heading to Social Locker >> Usage Statistics. From here, you can look at stats from every date range and type (including Facebook Likes, Google+ 1’s and Twitter shares). The Top Posts and Pages also show underneath the graph, which is useful to see what content is the most popular with your users.


The next step of the guide will focus on How to Add Content Locks to Social Locker.


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