The 14 pages you need for your course membership site
Let’s nerd out on a little tech stuff for your online course. In this post I’m going to share the core pages you should include within your membership site for your online course.

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. Account/Profile
  8. Notes
  9. Resources
  10. Support/Contact
  11. Account/Profile
  12. Quiz/Assignment Templates
  13. Suspended Access
  14. Access Not Yet Released

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

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

8

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.

9

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. 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.

10

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.

11

Account/Profile
All the legal stuff… these can all be on separate pages.

12

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.

13

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.

14

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.

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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!
Learn more about our done-for-you online course design and development services you can find more information here or view our portfolio to see some of our recent projects.

… An entrepreneur, personal development fanatic, dog lover and native Floridian.  I’m here to help you turn your zone of genius into a beautiful, wildly successful online course so you can design a life filled with more fun, love and money.

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