This guide was made to show you how to protect your downloadable content using Memberium and Amazon S3. The benefit of this setup includes expiring links so members can’t share download links with non-members and a possible performance increase by offloading file storage to S3 rather than your WordPress site.

What You’ll Need

  • Amazon S3 Account
  • Memberium Plugin

Getting Your S3 Access Keys

The video below will show you how to generate and access your Amazon S3 Access and Secret keys.

Setting File Permissions

Below you’ll see a demonstration of how to make sure your S3 files aren’t public. The key is to remove all permissions for the “Everyone” group. You’ll also want note down the path to the file. In my example, the bucket is ‘lesson523’ and the file name is ‘lesson1.pdf’

Configuring Memberium

In WordPress, navigate to Memberium>>Remote Files and fill in the details we just acquired. The Profile name will be used in Memberium shortcodes to reference back to this S3 account. The Default Host is usually “” and the Expiration can be set to 30. The other details will be specific to your S3 account.

Setting up Shortcodes:

We have various shortcodes that hook into the S3 integration, but for this guide we’re focusing on downloads so we’ll use the [memb_s3_link] shortcode.

Example linking to the file shown in the second step:

<a [memb_s3_link htmlattr=href profile=”test” object=”lesson1.pdf”] > Download Lesson 1 </a>

You can add other HTML attributes to the text or even use an image that links to the file. Once the user clicks on that link, the expiration countdown will start. If you chose 30, as was recommended above, then after 30 seconds the link will stop working so if it was shared it would expire likely before the recipient would be able to access it.

That’s it!

If you have any questions or would like some help at anytime, our support team is standing by.

Pro Tip

If you submit a ticket for assistance, please be sure to include all the requested information so we can get started on your ticket right away.

The number one delay in ticket service is incomplete or wrong information.


Memberium has long provided support at the developer level for multi-language support.

With the 2.51 release, we now provide an easy to use GUI for adding and updating translations.

To turn on this feature, go to Memberium -> Settings -> Page Handling, and turn “Multi-Language Support”. When this option is turned on, a new “Language” tab is enabled in the Memberium Settings screen. You can use this tab to set your translations.

The standout feature of our multi-languages support is that it’s designed for a global economy where you can provide content and services across more than just one language. For site owners who choose to provide multiple translations, Memberium will select the best translation for each visitor.

PASSWORD_PLACEHOLDER is very useful when your users are already in WordPress, and if you’d like your users to use the same password going forward. This can be used when you are converting from Wishlist or any any other membership plugin and don’t want to change the user’s password when you switch. This function will basically copy your user’s WordPress password into Infusionsoft’s password field.


You will first need to import all your users to Infusionsoft.

Once your users are imported to Infusionsoft, you can do a bulk update of your Infusionsoft password field to “PASSWORD_PLACEHOLDER” (without quotes).

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You can find a detailed tutorial on how to do a bulk update in Infusionsoft from here.

Once the customer logs in successfully to your WordPress site, the encrypted WordPress password will be copied over to the Password field in Infusionsoft (unencrypted) where the PASSWORD_PLACEHOLDER was previously located.

Pro Tip
Use PASSWORD_PLACEHOLDER only for those users who exist in WordPress and you’re looking to have their passwords synced to Infusionsoft. For other users, we’d suggest you to use the Password generator HTTP post.

Related: How to Create and Manage Users in Memberium