Guest access allows your members to invite guest members at no additional cost (to either the member or the guests members). Guest members get Steady accounts and become members of a publication, but are not charged anything.
In the settings, you can activate guest access separately for each plan and set the number of guest accounts allowed. For example, a publisher could offer a plan that contains five guest accounts. That means a user, let's call her Alice, buys your plan and can then invite five more people to it without these people incurring any costs – they would then be Alice's guest members.
To invite guest members, Alice logs into her Steady Dashboard. There she enters email addresses of guest members. Guest members will receive an email from Steady in which they can accept or decline the invitation. Guest members get their own Steady account at no cost and then become guest members in Alice's membership. In publications, guest members get no paywalls, but do not necessarily receive the same rewards as Alice. It is up to the publishers to decide which rewards are also awarded to guest members.
Alice can withdraw and reallocate guest accesses at any time. If Alice's membership ends, all guest accounts will end automatically, too.
Tips for publishers
You can activate guest access in existing plans at any time.
Guest members are shown as such in your member list (status guest).
A member can only invite guest members to a plan if they are signed up to a plan that allows guest access.
If you want to change a plan as a member, you can only do this if you have not assigned guest memberships. Before changing the plan, you have to revoke any guest memberships (and reassign them with the new plan).
Publishers can increase the number of permitted guest members later, but they cannot reduce it at will. Example: Once someone has bought a plan and invited four guest members, the publisher can no longer reduce the number of guest members to less than four. If a publishers wishes to offer a plan with fewer guest accounts, they will need to create a new plan.
Plans with guest access can also be secret and only accessible to users to whom the publisher shares the plan URL.