Easiest way to protect content on WordPress microsite?

We engaged a web developer who built a microsite for us. We are in finishing stages and when I tried to touch up content on site via \wpadmin it seemed changes didn't appear. The developer explained on protected content pages (we have some locked collateral links at bottom) that I would have to modify in 2 places.

It seems kind of crude (spoken by a non-developer) to me and wondered if this is standard or if there is an easier way to provide locked content experience but not have to make page adjustments in 2 different areas.

I attached a screenshot as he explained that they are using the custom field screen option to override the visual editor. Surely there is a more elegant way.
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smeekAsked:
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Okay.  The "simpler" way to do this would have been to use a plugin that allows you to insert text for logged-in users such as this one:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/private-content/

and disable the custom fields and extra coding that substitutes the text. The issue you may have is disabling things may actually be more difficult at this point than not.

The way the plugin works is that you would use two shortcodes (or more) on each page with member-only content.  The first shortcode controls the logged-out view, the second the logged-in view.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
No screenshot attached, but there probably are much better ways to protect the content.

Can you explain what are you trying to protect?
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smeekAuthor Commented:
Have some PDFs that we want to stage at bottom of page with summary list of content. If users login in, PDFs become available for download.
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