So, Patreon is great. It lets people donate to the creators they love most and really help those creators keep, well, creating. The downside though, is that it isn’t really all that user friendly for the way I want to use it.
See, I want to be able to offer the great people that support through patreon discounts on their orders. Currently, there’s no good way to link your patronage with your scottua.com account. Currently I have to do that manually. Now, it’s hard enough to keep track of what I already have to keep track of and things that aren’t easy to manage tend to get forgotten.
Most of you probably don’t know, but, Scottua.com runs on top of WordPress using software called WooCommerce. These two together allow for basically a roll-your-own Patreon.
I’ve discovered recently exactly how to implement this capability and I’m here for feedback.
So how’s this help? Well, a few ways.
It will allow me to much more simply implement the discount per tier functionality that’s so difficult/time-consuming to do with the current Patreon system. (Many of you have already inquired about the “Membership” banner seen on product pages and that’s exactly what this is.) It’s also just as easy, if not more so, to share content in many of the same ways as Patreon. Plus, since there’s no Patreon middle-man, it means that more of your gracious donations go where you intend them to.
So what do you think? Make the switch, or stick with Patreon? I’d love to hear your thoughts!