What is the Drip Text Plugin?
The Drip Text plugin is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) feature. All content created within this plugin will be displayed the same way on the user side of your app.
With the Drip Text plugin, you can add text, images, videos, action items, and more to each stage of your drip sequence.
The Drip Text plugin works directly with the Drip Folder plugin. You’ll use the Drip Text feature to create the content and then control the availability settings, sequence order, and more using the Drip Folder.
By adding these two plugins to your app, you’ll be able to release content based on time and user actions. For example, in a ten-step sequence, you can make step #2 become available 24 hours after the first step was completed.
Drip Text Plugin Features Explained
As a WYSIWYG plugin, Drip Text is very easy to use. Simply add content, and you’ll see the changes appear in real-time on the user side of your app.
Each step in your drip sequence will require a separate Drip Text. For example, let’s say you’re creating a 30-day fitness challenge. You’ll technically have 30 different Drip Text plugins added to the app—one for each day.
Once you create each stage in the sequence using the Drip Text, you’ll organize everything within the Drip Folder plugin.
Common Use Cases For the Drip Text Plugin
There are dozens of potential use cases for the Drip Text plugin. But here are some of the most common ways we’ve seen it used for apps created with BuildFire:
- Fitness programs
- Learning management systems
- Educational lessons
- In-app protocols
The Drip Text plugin is ideal for any content with steps or stages that must be completed sequentially. Each step won’t be available until the previous one has been completed.
How to Use the Drip Text Plugin
The entire Drip Text plugin can be summarized in two quick tutorials:
- How to Sync Drip Text with the Drip Folder Plugin
- How to Create and Customize Content
Follow the step-by-step instructions for each one below, and follow along using your own app.
How to Sync Drip Text with the Drip Folder Plugin
Step #1: Select a “Parent Plugin”
The Drip Text plugin is useless on its own. You’ll need to sync it with the Drip Folder plugin to manage how and when the content gets released.
Scroll to the bottom of the “Content” tab within Drip Text. By default, there won’t be any parent plugin assigned. Click on “Not Selected” to continue.
Step #2: Search For the Drip Folder
A pop-up window will appear after you click “Not selected” in the previous step. There’s a search window at the top of this screen.
You could scroll through all of the plugins on the list, but it’s much easier to just search for it.
Step #3: Select the Plugin and Apply the Changes
Click the empty checkbox next to the Drip Folder plugin. Then click “Apply” in the bottom right corner of the pop-up window.
In the example above, the Drip Folder is still named “Drip Folder.” But that won’t necessarily be the case with your app.
Let’s say you’re creating multiple sequences, such as a 30-day Workout Challenge for Beginners, 30-day Weight Training Challenge, and a 30-day Cardio Challenge. You’d have three Day 1’s, three Day 2’s, three Day 3’s, etc. So you’d need to make sure each Day 1 went into the corresponding Drip Folder, with the appropriate title.
Once your selection has been applied, you’ll see the parent plugin appear at the bottom of your “Content” tab, where we started in Step #1.
You’ll need to complete these steps for each stage of the sequence. For example, if you’re making a 30-day fitness routine, each day must be connected to the Drip Folder.
How to Create and Customize Content
Step #1: Name the Plugin
The first step to customizing your content is naming the plugin. Depending on the type of drip sequence you’re creating, “Day 1” or “Step #1” are both logical places to start.
Step #2: Add an Image Carousel
This step is technically optional. But adding visuals to your content definitely makes it more appealing on the user-end.
The Drip Text plugin has a built-in image carousel. By adding content to this section, each image will scroll automatically at the top of the screen.
Simply click “Add Image” next to “Image Carousel” in the “Main Content” section.
Step #3: Add Text and Remaining Content
This part is easy. Just customize the content you want displayed for each stage. You’ll have full control over the text, headers, and more.
You can even embed videos, images, add lists, and action items.
The possibilities are pretty limitless here. Everything can easily be managed using the settings at the top of your text editor.
Don’t forget to customize the “Follow Up Page Button” when you’re done with the main text section.
When an app user clicks this button, the timer starts for unlocking the next stage of your drip sequence.
Step #4: Repeat For Each Stage of the Sequence
Continue repeating the steps above until you’ve completed your entire sequence.
If you’re writing a 10-step recipe, you’ll need 10 different Drip Texts. If you’re creating a 45-day workout plan, you’ll have 45 different Drip Texts.
Once the sequence is done, you can manage how the content gets released within the Drip Folder settings.
Review our guide on How to Use the Drip Folder Plugin for those step-by-step instructions.
Pro Tips For Using the Drip Text Plugin
In our experience using the Drip Text plugin, these pro tips and best practices make it easier to be successful when adding this functionality to your app. Keep these in mind as you’re customizing your content.
Pro Tip #1: Use Clear Labels to Stay Organized
If you’re just creating one sequence, it’s pretty easy to keep track of everything. But things can get confusing if you’re creating multiple drips. You don’t want to confuse Day 10 of one sequence with Day 10 of another. So just make sure you name each Drip Text accordingly. Consider adding a notation to the name, such as “Day 1 - Cardio” vs. “Day 1 - Weights” to distinguish the difference.
Pro Tip #2: Create and Name the Drip Folder Immediately
Refer back to the first step in this tutorial. You need to sync the Drip Text with a parent plugin—Drip Folder. But you can’t do that if the Drip Folder hasn’t been created and named. So make sure that’s done from the beginning. Otherwise, you’ll have to go back to each stage in the sequence and add the parent plugin at the end. It’s much easier to do this while you’re editing the content initially.