Member website settings
If you’re using Memberful’s hosted website feature, there are several global settings for you to review including enabling/disabling the website, defining whether your site will be private or public, and choosing your theme. This article will walk you through all the available settings.
In this help doc:
- Enable or disable the member website.
- Make your site public or private.
- Choose a theme.
- Customize your landing page.
- Choose your hero banner.
- Add social media links.
Enable or disable the member website
Memberful includes a hosted website feature, which is optional. If you don't want to set up and operate a custom website on your own server, you can enable Memberful's simple hosted member website and get up and running within minutes!
To enable Memberful's hosted website feature, navigate to Website → Settings and turn on the Enable your member website toggle.
Make your site public or private
Once you've enabled the member website, you'll have the option to make your member site public or private.
If you set your site as public, visitors will see a preview of members-only posts and pages along with a prompt to subscribe to read the rest or sign in to their account.
This preview is often referred to as “teaser text.” Teaser text lets visitors see a portion of a post or page, while the rest of it is protected for paid members only. It’s great for helping visitors find your site through search engines and for enticing them to become a member.
You can also require visitors to create a free member account to read free posts.
If you set your site as private, only active members will be able to see posts and pages. If a visitor or inactive member lands on a protected page or post, they’ll be prompted to sign in to the site.
Navigate to Website → Site visibility to select your global site setting—public or private.
Keep in mind that posts and pages can always be restricted to specific plans. Visitors and members on other lans will see a locked version.
Choose a theme
Memberful comes with two different themes for your member site: Simple and Publishing. You can preview both themes and choose the one that best fits your brand.
The simple theme is a minimal layout that’s great for personal blogs and portfolios.
The publishing theme offers a layout that is more similar to a magazine.
You'll also have the option to customize the branding colors on your theme.
Customize your landing page
You can create a customized landing page hosted by Memberful, which will showcase your membership plans.
Navigate to Website → Settings → Landing page and enable the Enable your landing page toggle to enable this landing page.
Then, navigate to Website → Landing page → Edit landing page to customize your landing page. You can also make it your welcome page to use your landing page as the first page that new visitors see when they access your website.
Customize your hero banner
When the member website is enabled, you'll get the option to add a hero banner at the top of the homepage.
Navigate to Website → Hero banner and turn on the Enable hero banner toggle to enable this banner.
You'll get to upload a background image, and enter a title and a subtitle.
You'll also be able to display a subscribe button, which will be shown to signed-out visitors and inactive members, if you've enabled the landing page.
We recommend uploading an image that is at least 1920px wide to ensure the best display quality.
Add social media links
Navigate to Website → Social links to add social media handles to your site. This is an optional setting but recommended since it’s an easy way to get your site visitors to follow, like, and share your content.
They will be displayed at the bottom of your member website's pages.
Related help docs:
- Create a page on your member site.
- Create a post on your member site.
- Customize the branding on your members site.