Getting started with Member Areas

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Enable member areas on your site to require subscriptions for your content.

Create sets of members-only pages on your site with a subscription to member areas members. Your site visitors can get exclusive access to your private content by creating an account and paying for membership, if you have set a price. With Member Areas, you can:

  • Monetize your content: Generate revenue by selling access to content like classes and seminars, audio or visual media, or community pages.
  • Improve your brand: Seamlessly manage your public and members-only content, all in one place.
  • Grow your audience – Promote your private content and accept unlimited members.

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Try member areas for free

You can test member areas, including creating member areas and the pages in them, by enabling this plugin for your site. To sell memberships to your Member Areas, you’ll need to subscribe to Member Areas.

When you’re ready to purchase a Member Area subscription and promote your private content, learn more about pricing plans. available under Member Areas Pricing, Billing, and Invoices.

To see how Member Areas can look on your site, visit our demo site.

Enable Member Areas members

How enabling Member Areas for your site depends on whether you’re creating a new site or extending an existing site.

Create a new site with Member Areas

If you’re building a completely new site, choose one of the Member Area templates from the template store. These site layouts already have Member Areas enabled.

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You can also choose any template that works best for your business and follow our steps to manually enable Member Areas.

Adding Member Areas to an existing site

To enable Member Areas on an existing site:

  1. Open the Member Areas panel.
  2. Turn on Member Areas.

When you’re ready to purchase a Member Areas subscription, click Select Plan at the bottom of the Member Areas panel to select a membership plan. prices and subscribe. Please note that only site owners and contributors with admin permissions can enable member areas for a site.

See our member areas checklist for a list of all actions you need to do to set up and sell memberships to your member areas.

Commerce Features

Regardless of your Squarespace website plan, you’ll have access to some Squarespace Commerce features after to enable and subscribe to member areas:

  • Pay on your domain: Direct your site visitors to a secure, personalized checkout page on your domain when they purchase anything, including memberships to their member areas. This commerce feature will be enabled on your site automatically if you are eligible.
  • Customer Accounts: Your members will log into password-protected accounts to access member area pages to which they purchased memberships. Members can securely save payment methods, shipping addresses, shopping carts, and order information to their customer accounts, streamlining the checkout experience in the future.
  • Custom tax rules – Create tax rules based on the postal billing code associated with a member’s payment method. This calculates the tax rate they pay on top of the membership price.
  • Promotional Discounts: Encourage member enrollment by offering discounts in your member areas. You can customize the name of each discount, the type of promotion, how it is applied, and when it starts and ends. If you have a Commerce Advanced plan, you’ll have access to even more discount features.
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Payments

If your member areas have membership pricing for recurring subscriptions or fixed amounts , you’ll need to connect your site to a payment processor before you can start selling memberships to your private content:

  1. Open the Members Areas panel.
  2. Scroll down to Go to the Settings section and click Payments.

You can connect to Stripe, PayPal, or both. The best processor for you depends on where you are and what payment methods you want to accept. Learn more at Connecting a payment processor to Commerce.

When connecting a payment processor, please note:

  • Members cannot pay for member area memberships with Apple Pay.
  • Members Members can t use PayPal or gift cards to pay for memberships to member areas with subscription membership or fixed amount membership paid in installments. If you sell these types of memberships, you must connect to Stripe to accept credit and debit card payments.

After you connect a payment processor to your site, your Member Registration Blocks will be they automatically update to display the currency associated with your payment processor, if that currency is supported by Squarespace. You can change your currency at any time in the Payments panel.

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Glossary

  • Members Area: A set of closed pages in your site containing related content, designed for a specific audience. Only visitors who sign up for a membership (and pay to access the members area, if applicable) can view this restricted content.
  • Membership Price: The amount you a visitor pays to access a members area. Each members area has its own membership price, which can be free, a recurring subscription, or a fixed amount. Member areas with subscription or fixed amount pricing may have up to two pricing options.
  • Members Home Page – The first page in a members area that appears on members after setting up or signing up for your customer account. You can customize the member home page to include a welcome message and links to other pages in the members area.
  • Access Denied Screen – The page that appears to members visitors if they try to access a members-only page before they pay for access, or while offline. You can customize the Access Denied screen for each member area.
  • Customer Account – An account with a username and password that visitors to your site create when they register for get a membership. Members can also save payment methods, shipping addresses, shopping carts, and order information to their customer account, making for a faster checkout experience if they purchase more memberships or products from your site. Learn more in Customer Accounts.
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