Offer download to Mailchimp subscribers only

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It's not uncommon to offer a reward to people for subscribing to your Mailchimp list. More often than not, this is done by just uploading file to your server and hoping no-one shares the URL. But what if you want to make sure that the people who access your download file are actually subscribed to your Mailchimp list?

Enter Download Monitor

Download Monitor is a great plugin to offer downloads to your site visitors. Of course you could just upload a file to your site and then share the links, but using the Download Monitor plugin makes things a lot easier.

  • Manage your downloads using the familiar WordPress interface; just like posts.
  • Add multiple file versions to your downloads.
  • Keep track of download statistics.
  • Categorise and tag your downloads.
  • Display download links in your posts and pages using simple-to-use shortcodes.

Download Monitor - Mailchimp Lock add-on

We are big fans of the Download Monitor plugin and thought it would be cool to use a Mailchimp list as a prerequisite. That means that visitors need to be subscribed to the selected Mailchimp list before they can access a file download.

We got in touch with Barry Kooij, the developer of Download Monitor. After a few months of collaboration, we are now proud to present to you the Mailchimp Lock add-on for Download Monitor.

How it works


After installing and activating the plugin, you'll have an extra option for your downloads where you can select a Mailchimp list.

If you enable the Mailchimp lock, the plugin will check with Mailchimp if a visitor is actually on your list before allowing him access to the download. Add in the download statistics and you have a very cool way to offer rewards to people for subscribing to your lists. :)

You can get the Mailchimp Lock add-on from the Download Monitor site.

As always; if you have any questions, we're happy to help!