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The 14 pages you need for your course membership site

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Let’s nerd out on a little tech stuff for your online course. When it comes to creating your membership site for your online course I can see how it could get overwhelming trying to think through all the pages that need to be designed and developed.

The cool part about this is that regardless of what industry, market, or course topic the core pages are always the same for all of my clients/customers.

Of course, there’s a lot of additional functionality that can be built into the membership site such as gamification, social forums, event/calendar system, etc … but today I want to focus on the core pages…

This is a time where a list can come to the rescue…

  1. Login Page
  2. Password Reset
  3. Programs Page
  4. Course Homepage
  5. Module Template
  6. Lesson Template
  7. Quiz/Assignment Templates
  8. Account/Profile
  9. Notes
  10. Resources and/or Bonuses
  11. Support/Contact
  12. Suspended Access
  13. Access Not Yet Released
  14. Privacy/Terms

1. Login Page

Where customers enter their login information to access the course.

2. Password Reset

Allows customers to retrieve/reset their password.

3. Programs Page

Allows customers to retrieve/reset their password

4. Course homepage

This page serves a similar purpose as a table of contents and preview section in a book. It typically includes a welcome video, a list of the modules, as well as any other important information you want to be front and center.

5. Module template

The same page layout should be used for all of the module pages within the course to establish consistency. This page typically includes a short video, summary, and list of lessons within the module.

6. Lesson template

The same page layout should be used for all of the lesson pages within the course to establish consistency. This page typically includes the video lesson, a short summary, and worksheets/resources associated with the lesson.

7. Quiz template

If you are going to include quizzes or assignments within your course you should use a consistent page design for each of these.

8. Account

I use this page to allow customers to manage their account, submit profile information, show progress tracking, badges, and the course outline.

9. Support/Contact Us

Include an FAQ section, contact information, and form for customers to submit questions, comments, and/or concerns. I prefer to use a live chat system such as Intercom. Not only does this allow you to communicate with your customers but you can also include support documents, chatbots to help customers find answers themselves, and a ton of other really cool features.

10. Bonuses and/or Resources

Having a searchable resources page has been a game-changer for our clients. It gives customers the ability to search for any videos, worksheets, activities, resources, transcripts, audio files, or basically anything within the course.

11. Notes

This page isn’t 100% mandatory but I include it within all of our courses and client’s courses because it provides a great user experience and I’ve heard over and over again from users how much they love being able to have all their notes in one place.

This type of functionality requires more advanced development. The next best option would be to include a list of all the resources without the filter and search capability.

12. Suspended Access

If you are providing a payment plan option or your course is set up as a monthly subscription, it’s important to have a system in place that automatically removes access if a payment fails and automatically restores access once the payment is received. This is the page that users will be redirected to if they have an unpaid invoice and provides them the ability to update their credit card information or submit payment.

13. Access Not yet Released

This page is only needed if your course content is released over a period of time rather than all at once. This page will let customers know the content is not yet available and provide instructions to either return to the previous module, engage within the community, implement something that was already taught, or anything else that would be of value.

14. Legal template (Privacy / Terms / Earnings Disclaimer)

You need these pages on your website regardless of whether or not you have a membership site but I wanted to add the reminder on case you don’t have this set up already!

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