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Creating gated content

After you enable Member Areas for your site, you’ll see a new navigation section in your Pages panel for Member Areas. If you’ve already subscribed to Member Areas, you can create as many member areas in this section as your pricing plan allows. Any pages added to these member areas will be gated, and only members who created an account and sign up for a membership to that area can see the content.

Tip: It's free to enable and build member areas, but you’ll need to choose a pricing plan and subscribe to Member Areas before your site visitors can sign up for memberships.

Create a member area

To create a new member area:

  1. In the Home menu, click Pages.
  2. Click the + icon next to the Member Areas section to enter the member areas creation screen. If you don't see this section in the Pages panel, make sure Member Areas are enabled on your site.
  3. Name your member area.
  4. Set your membership fee, indicating if your member area is available for free, a set amount, or as a recurring subscription.
  5. Click Finish.
Tip: You must have Administrator or Website Editor site permissions to create new member areas.

Member area settings

After you create a member area, it'll appear beneath the Member Areas section in the Pages panel. To open a member area’s settings, hover over the member area title and click the gear icon.

Here are some of the settings you can change:

  • Name - In the General tab, this name appears as the title of a member area in the Pages panel, member sign up blocks, and the modal new members use to sign up for a membership.
  • Description - In the General tab, this description appears in the member sign up block for site visitors to review before signing up for a membership, and in the Membership Summary at checkout.
  • Membership fee - In the Fee tab, change the membership fee amount and frequency. Any changes made to a member area's recurring membership fee amount will only affect new members.
  • Edit access denied screen - In the General tab, customize the page visitors see if they try to access content in a member area they don't have a membership to.
  • Manage global settings - In the General tab, use this shortcut to navigate to the Member Areas panel.

Add content to a member area

After creating a member area in the Pages panel, you can add members-only pages beneath it. Create content such as classes, workshops, or media for different communities and skill levels. Only site visitors who sign up for a membership to that member area can view those pages.

Tip: Use Scheduling or service products for classes or workshops to increase your revenue.

Pages in a member area don't have SEO options and aren't indexed in your site map. This keeps them hidden from search results to maintain the exclusivity of members-only content.

To add a page to a member area:

  1. In the Home menu, click Pages.
  2. Under Member Areas, locate the appropriate member area, then click Add page.
  3. Select a layout option from the Pages menu.
  4. Enter a page title in the text field and press Enter.
Tip: The first page added to a member area automatically becomes that member area’s homepage.

You can also drag and drop an existing page into the Member Areas section of the Pages panel. When you move a page into a member area, the page’s SEO options and passwords are deactivated, and its URL is removed from your site map. If you move the page back out of your member area, these settings are automatically reinstated.

Tip: Each page can only be in a single member area. To include the same page of content in two or more members areas, duplicate the page and drag it into the other member area.

In addition to pages, you can also add links to your member navigation. Use this option to link your members out to external sources, such as a members-only forum or Facebook page.

If you've chosen to replace your site navigation with the member navigation (version 7.1 only), you may want to add navigation links to pages on your public site in the member navigation. This helps members find your public content, even when logged into their customer account.

Page limits

There's no official limit to the number of pages you can add to a member area. Depending on how you've set up your member navigation, however, you may want to minimize the number of pages in your member areas. If your member navigation replaces your main site navigation, for example, hovering over the member area's name in the navigation bar reveals a list of all the pages in that member area. When a member area contains a large number of pages, that list is long and could overwhelm your site visitors.

If you do add a lot of pages in a single member area, we recommend setting your member navigation to Don't show navigation and creating a custom member navigation on the member area's homepage.

Note: Member areas don’t support folders.

Promote member areas on your site

Use member sign up blocks to promote member areas on a page, blog post, or other content area on your main site. Learn more about how to add and customize these blocks, visit member sign up blocks.

We recommend creating a public page on your site that includes member sign up blocks for each member area you offer. This allows visitors to compare and contrast all member areas and sign up for the most appropriate membership all in one place. Create your own or use one of our professionally designed Member Areas page layouts.

Preview gated content

You can use summary blocks and content link blocks to preview gated content from one of your member areas on your main site. When site visitors click the previewed content in these blocks, they'll be taken to that member area's access denied screen, where they can log in or sign up for a membership.

If you have a products page in one of your member areas, you can use product blocks on your main site to advertise products from that store. Site visitors can then use these blocks to purchase the featured products from your gated store without signing up for a membership.

Protect member area content

When a site visitor who hasn’t signed up for a membership tries to view pages in a member area, they'll encounter an access denied screen. They’ll be prompted to create a customer account and pay any membership fees, so they can access the member area’s gated content.

Keep in mind, we can’t guarantee the security of content in your members-only pages once members have access to them. It isn’t possible to completely prevent someone from copying members-only text, images, or audio from your site and sharing them with non-members, but there are several approaches you can take to protect your content and discourage unlawful copying. Learn more in Preventing visitors from downloading your images and audio.

Delete member areas

As a best practice, we recommend you email all the members of a member area before you delete it. Learn more about how to contact your members in Managing members.

To delete a member area:

  1. In the Home menu, click Pages.
  2. Under Member Areas, hover over the appropriate member area and click the gear icon to open Member area settings.
  3. In the General tab, click Delete member area.
  4. Click OK to confirm.
Note: Deleted member areas and the memberships to them can’t be restored.

After you delete a member area:

  • All existing memberships are canceled and members receive your cancellation email, notifying them of this change.
    • Future charges of recurring membership fees are canceled.
    • Members can still log into their customer accounts, but they won’t see the member navigation or links to member areas from the Memberships section of their customer accounts panel.
  • The pages from that member area move into the not linked section. Any members who saved direct links to those pages can use these links to access your now unrestricted content. Consider using page passwords to keep these pages private.
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