I am working on setting up a site where I would like to sell quarterly pamphlets or periodicals on an annual subscription.
I would like to set this up where I upload the digital file or link to an interactive version and make this available to an annual subscriber who would receive 4 issues (1 every three months) during the course of their subscription.
For sake of argument, lets say:
Q1 is July-September,
Q2 is October - December,
Q3 is January - March and
Q4 is April - June.
and one new issue will be published each quarter. If a user subscribes to an annual subscription in Q1, I would like them to receive the Q1 issue and they will be given access to Q2, Q3, and Q4 once those become available. They would not be able to access Q4 of the year before because that would pre-date their subscription.
Similarly, if a user subscribes during Q2 for an annual subscription, they will receive the next four consecutive issues but they will not have access to Q1 since that pre-dates their subscription.
Can you please advise me on the preferred way of configuring the membership plugin to achieve this result? I am not sure if a dripped content configuration is the best way to go since I am not actually transitioning a subscriber from one access level to another.
As a side note, I have also considered making a new access level for each quarter so a subscriber will transition from the Q1 access level to the Q2 access level as time progresses thus only having access to the respective file that corresponds to their current access level. I have not considered all implications with this option, one such undesired effect could be if the subscriber were to lose access to the Q1 issue once they transition to Q2 which is not something I would like to do. As stated above, I want subscribers to be able to access all issues that were published during their subscription.