If you’re running a webcomic with the Webcomic plug-in and are hoping to integrate Patreon into it, it’s not there yet. While you can Patreon-lock posts, it does not lock the associated image (as Webcomic images aren’t part of “content”), so you will have to manually lock and unlock that image. The developer is considering adding functionality to cover this, but right now it’s not there.
What’s more, when I do lock the webcomic image, the loading time on the site is EGREGIOUS. It takes so long on a high speed connection to load the comic behind the “Unlock for $1” overlay that I can’t imagine how bad it would be for someone on the other side of the world with poor connection. We’re talking like 10 seconds just to get the main page to load, and it’s about 1-2 seconds without that turned on. For a webcomic, speed is make-or-break and this is absolutely Break.
Documentation is extremely sparse and almost unusable. It’s just an overview of the features with no explanation of how to use them. Are there shortcodes? Functions? Hooks? I have no idea.
Portions of the plugin are poorly labeled (What’s a Patreon Site Sidebar Widget vs a Patreon Author Sidebar Widget? I can’t tell.) and there are missing functionalities that I would expect, such as a shortcode for a Patreon button and support for Custom Post Types in the “append patreon button to posts” setting.
As others have noted, the review nag is frustrating and never goes away. You want my brutally honest opinions? Here you go. This plugin falls completely short of its goals and I am incredibly disappointed that I spent money on it.
Overall, I paid a bunch of money for a pro plugin that does nothing of what I need for the site I’m building. I can only hope it will get better in time. For now, I’m sorely disappointed.
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