Structuring Your Membership Site Pages

In the last post, we went thru the process of maintaining a consistent branding between your main site and your ‘online course’ membership site. And then we did some slight changes your WordPress settings. If you haven’t read the previous post, you can do so by clicking below.

In the second part of this series, we will start building the structure of the membership site. Before we do this, it is helpful to create a hierarchy of all the pages that you plan on having on your site. Don’t worry about having it exactly right. Just do a brain dump and organize whatever comes up into a logical structure. You can always change it later. You also don’t have to wait for your content to be ready before doing this.

I find that the simplest way to visualize the structure of your site, is to list everything down in a bulleted list format. Using indented bullets to represent the hierarchy of the content pages. Here’s an example of a list:

  • Salespage
  • Members dashboard
  • Courses
    • Course A
      • Module 1
        • Lesson 1
        • Lesson 2
        • Lesson 3
        • Lesson 4
    • Course B modules
      • Lesson 1
      • Lesson 2
      • Lesson 3
  • Support
  • Login

Once you have the list, you can go ahead and create pages within your site with the same structure. So the Course A page, for example, will have a child page named Module 1, which in turn would have child pages named Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3 and Lesson 4. After you’ve created the pages, you’ll end up with something like this:

To make a page a child to another page, just make sure you select the parent page, in the Page Attributes section before saving the page.

Note in the image above, that I’ve used the Nested Pages plugin to get the pages into the sortable tree view that you see. Nested Pages makes it easy to rearrange the order of your pages by just dragging the page to where you want it. You can also create child pages by dragging the page to the right and below the parent page.

When you’re done with this, you’re ready for the next step: Installing A Membership Plugin and Setting Up Content Protection.

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