How to set up your Squarespace site navigation for members
The way you want members to move through and interact on your website is usually subjective, but there are some good common options to consider.
Below are the two main options MemberSpace customers have successfully used to ensure their member's experience is intuitive :)
Option 1 - Create a member dashboard page
This is one of the more popular approaches MemberSpace customers use.
- You would first create a page in your Squarespace site (e.g. "/dashboard") and design it however you want. See this case study for a visual example.
- You could also choose to have this dashboard page appear in your top navigation by moving it here:
- You would then add the page URL as a Member Page in MemberSpace.
- You would make sure to include links on this dashboard page to the various other Member Pages on your website so this acts as the home base for your members to get anywhere else they need to go on your website.
- We recommend you also make this dashboard page the After Log In and After Sign Up page URL for all your Member Plans so new and returning members are taken there automatically.
Option 2 - Create a dropdown in your top navigation
- If you prefer to have links to every Member Page easily accessible in your top navigation, we recommend you add a dropdown folder.
- You could set the navigation folder title to something like "Member Navigation" and then you would add links within the dropdown folder to your various Member Pages.
Here is an example of how it would look (the styling varies by template):
- You could also include a Login / Account popup link in the dropdown folder.
Option 3 - Create a dropdown that's NOT in your top navigation
Assuming your template has sidebar navigation available, you can set up a dropdown folder (see Option 2 above) and move it to the Not Linked section instead of the Main Navigation section in Squarespace.
This will automatically create a sidebar navigation only on the pages contained within the dropdown (which would only be your Member Pages). This allows your members to easily navigate between pages without cluttering up your top Main Navigation. Check out the 'Member Navigation' in this case study for a visual example.
We strongly recommend you still place a link (on a publicly available page) to one of the Member Pages in the Not Linked sidebar just in case someone gets lost and doesn't know how to get back. For example, adding a link in the footer would do the trick.