Digital Access Pass (DAP) WordPress Plugin Review – How Good Is It?

Digital Access Pass (DAP) Review
Price:
$167+

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4.5
On November 1, 2013
Last modified:March 19, 2014

Summary:

DAP continues to stand the test of time and with continuing updates and great support. DAP's has an extensive feature set and competitive pricing.

Digital Access Pass (DAP) is a complete solution for creating membership websites with WordPress (or in PHP/HTML if you really want to) and it’s been around for a long while now (since 2008) which is a very long time when it comes to plugins.

A lot of plugin creators disappear after a while or stick around but don’t update their plugins. This doesn’t seem to be the case with DAP because it’s still going strong and is the backbone of countless membership sites across the web.

Now the question is – how good is it? and is it worth you investing your hard earned money in? That’s a question I’m going to help you answer in this review.

DAP and membership sites – what you need to know

Membership sites are big business.

Profitable business.

And easy business.

DAP makes creating a secure and functional membership site incredibly easy – but if you’re sitting here thinking, why a membership site?

Here’s what you need to know – building a membership site is a challenge and it takes a hefty investment of your time but there are some key things you need to know:

  • Membership sites allow you to build loyalty even better than a mailing list
  • Maintain relationships with your subscribers even more easily than before
  • Everyone is doing it, from Copyblogger and Marketing Profs to Newspapers and Magazines
  • Despite the huge amount of freely available content on the web, some of the most in depth and actionable content is kept behind closed doors
  • You enhance your perceived value in your market
  • Recurring profits = WIN

Countless people and even companies are making bank with membership sites and that’s a fact.

Digital Access Pass features you will love

Aside from all the features you’d expect such as unlimited members, unlimited user levels and all that stuff, DAP also has the following features:

  • Easy to use system for drip feeding content that allows you to drip feed almost all post types and content types
  • Secure RSS feeds
  • Content protection
  • Built in 2 tier affiliate system
  • Forum integration with WP-Forum, bbPress, vBulletin & Simple:Press
  • Works with regular PHP/HTML websites
  • Sneak peek teaser content
  • Built in auto responder but supports popular mailing list providers
  • Email & Job queue allowing you to scale your membership site
  • One time offers (OTO’s)
  • Powerful short codes
  • Pay per view or pay per download
  • Trial products
  • Free installation

I just want to highlight something in particular, the list of features are incredible and there is so much more to DAP than the above – it’s obvious that an incredible length of thought and continuous development has gone into this plugin.

What about payment processing?

Despite how PayPal has a strangle hold on what seems like most of the world when it comes to payment processing – a lot of other systems give some incredible features so having a membership plugin

  • PayPal (Payments Pro and Standard)
  • Authorize.net
  • 1shoppingcart.com
  • Premium Web Cart
  • Infusionsoft
  • Nanacast
  • Plimus
  • WorldPay
  • Warrior Plus (WSO Pro)
  • DigiResults
  • ClickBank
  • JVZoo
  • E-Junkie
  • + more

DAP also comes with a shopping cart that has support for most of these systems and also allows you to setup coupon codes and dime sales.

What about support for auto responders?

Veena and Ravi, the people who created Digital Access Pass have thought about everything – they have a built in auto responder which means you don’t need to use a mailing list provider such as Mail Chimp for example.

There is a difference however, because most plugins and systems that offer these auto responders that run through your server miss out an extremely important thing.

That is the fact that most web hosts have an hourly limit for sending emails, so to stop this becoming an issue you can choose to throttle emails sent through DAP.

There’s also an email & job queue that requires you to setup cron jobs – this ensures that you will be able to complete the sending of emails etc without your server timing out.

  • GetResponse
  • Aweber
  • AutoResponse Plus
  • MailChimp
  • + more

To see just how easy the auto responder system is to use, take a look at this video.

A closer look at DAP

Features can only tell the story so far, so below is a condensed tour of certain elements of Digital Access Pass:

Installation success

Installing DAP

I talk about this in a bit more depth in a moment, but installation time was around 5-7 minutes.

DAP admin area

DAP Admin Area

All of the options that you need set out in a logical and straight forward way.

Affiliate module

Affiliate Module

The above screenshot is taken from the affiliate module within the setup menu, you also have some additional options relating to affiliates and payments too.

DAP email and auto-responders

Digital Access Pass Autoresponders

Structure emails how you want, include attachments and save emails for sending to your members or admin/staff later on.

Payment processing

Payment Processing

Plenty of payment processors are included along with an order search function, shopping cart, coupons and PayPal dime sales.

Product levels

Product Levels

Setup your products as either subscription or one-time product easily.

Search users

Search Users

Administration is a breeze and you can see the situation with each user at a glance.

Stock templates

Stock Templates

Templates are a necessity of running a membership site, the DAP team have made it easy by including a number of these templates that are straight forward and tell your users what they need to know.

How easy is it to setup DAP?

I have to confess that there are a few more hoops to jump through while setting up DAP than most other plugins, but the fact remains that DAP is extremely powerful and these extra hoops may mean that you will need to spend 3-5 minutes longer installing the plugin.

There’s also some incredibly detailed documentation that includes written guides with screenshots and video guides.

The reality is that it doesn’t matter how easy it is to set up because you get free installation as part of your purchase – that’s the easiest setup ever!

Verdict

Membership sites are big money.

You need a plugin that is robust and stands the test of time.

But there’s a problem.

It’s so easy to keep throwing money at plugins only for it to be out of date within a few weeks and then within a few months it stops working.

I understand.

Why?

Because I’ve been there … on more than one occasion, so you’re not alone.

It’s not nice and it’s damn costly.

Luckily for us, DAP is different.

The developers have stuck by the plugin and continued to update it rather than neglecting it and leaving it to rot like a lot of other developers do.

That’s huge, that’s the kind of thing that motivates me to buy now because I don’t want to waste my money on something that will stop working.

It’s time for you to take the leap…

>> Click here to download Digital Access Pass (DAP)

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DAP continues to stand the test of time and with continuing updates and great support. DAP's has an extensive feature set and competitive pricing.
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  • Geri Richmond

    Hey Adam,
    Having a membership site and publishing books are 2 of my dreams. This plugin sounds like it does it all.
    I especially like the fact that it has an auto responder and a shopping cart.

    It sounds like it might be a little more difficult to install than a regular plugin.

    Thanks so much for the awesome post and sharing this info.

    Geri Richmond

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Hey Geri, thanks for taking the time to comment!

      You’re right, from the looks of it, it does – I really like the throttling feature on the built in auto responder … it’s rare to see and so many plugins that don’t have it can actually cause a lot of problems with web hosts.

      Yep, it is a little bit more difficult, but not by much and the steps to install are well documented.

      Best of all though is that they will install the plugin for free on your 1st installation which could be a big help!

      My pleasure and thanks for checking out my review.

      Remember, dreams do come true – hope to see your membership sites and books in the near future :)

  • anton

    This plugin looking great at all. Thanks for the review and complete information Adam!

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Happy to help Anton, thanks for your comment!

  • RaviJayagopal

    Hey Adam, thank you for an awesome review, and for your recommendation of DAP. Veena and I really appreciate it.

    Oh, by the way, DAP now starts at $97.

    Cheers!

    - Ravi Jayagopal

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Hey Ravi, no problem at all, thanks for the update, I’ve edited the price for you.

  • http://www.teotrainer.com Personal Trainer

    Im happy to buy the product after some analysis. Do you have an affiliate link or code? cheers

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Thanks for checking out the post and your support.

      Here’s my affiliate link: http://bloggingwizard.com/go/dap

      Thanks,
      Adam

  • http://www.teotrainer.com Personal Trainer

    Mmm. Thanks. I will use it. But shouldnt you correct your REview. Prices have changed a lot lowest package $167, $297 and the Built in a Box package $347 or more. Cheers

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      No problem.

      Thanks for the heads up about the pricing change, I’ll get that changed right now.