Squarespace Classroom MS
FAQ

How to host an e-course on Squarespace with Memberspace – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
 

Prerequisites

To use Memberspace you will need to be on the Squarespace Business Plan or higher. Furthermore I recommend that you are familar with Squarespace and know how to build and design pages and blog posts.


How do I keep my content safe?

Memberspace uses 3 levels of protection to keep your content and students safe. Memberspace is also GDPR compliant.


What kind of course can I host?

  • Evergreen courses that participants can access at any time and take at their own pace.

  • Date-driven drip-feed courses, i.e. where content is released on scheduled dates.

  • Dynamic drip-feeding, i.e. where course lessons are released based on the customer's sign-up date.


Will this work on any template?

  • Anya, Bedford, Bryant, or Hayden work best because my proposed solution uses a unique sidebar.

  • Templates without a sidebar (e.g. any template in the Brine family) also work, here we use the Sidebar Plugin (affiliate link). I show how to implement it in the course.

  • The Five template has a global sidebar which can be turned on/off per page. If you are using the sidebar elsewhere on your website you would turn it OFF for your course and use a fake sidebar or the sidebar plugin, both of which are explained in the course.

  • These templates have a global sidebar that cannot be turned off per page and are thus NOT recommended with my method: Avenue, Bureau, Forte, Foundry, Galapagos, Ishimoto, Julia, Montauk, Om, Skye, Tudor, Wexley, Wells.


How long will it take?

A little effort and patience is required but if you follow all the steps and use the checklist, then you can have your course structure and automated sign-up process all ready to go within 3-5 hours. The lessons are easy to follow step-by-step instructions and videos, and I am always happy to answer questions in our private Facebook group should you get stuck.


Can I use videos and audio?

Yes, you can! You can either use the built-in video and audio blocks, or hide your videos and audio behind the Memberspace firewall (recommended).


Are there additional costs?

  • You will need to be on a Squarespace Business Plan or higher to be able to use Memberspace.

  • Memberspace Plans start at $25 per month.

  • Vimeo. You cannot upload videos to Squarespace so you will need to host them somewhere else, most people use Vimeo or YouTube. I love Vimeo because of their amazing privacy and embedding options. Vimeo pricing plans start at $7 a month.

If you also want to keep a dedicated mailing for all your course participants you’ll need an email provider like Mailchimp and potentially Zapier (this depends on your Mailchimp set-up, I have a lesson on this in the course).

  • Zapier is free for 2-step zaps (yours would be a 2-step) and up to 5 zaps and 100 transactions per month, if you exceed any of these you will need to upgrade to a paid plan which starts at $20 per month.

  • Mailchimp is free for up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month, after that pricing plans start at $10 per month.


Can I host multiple ecourses?

Yes, you can! You can set up unlimited blogs on Squarespace and as many pages on Memberspace as you like.


Can I see a demo?

Here are some screenshots. Please bear in mind that a course will look different on your website as it will have your branding, but the basic structure will be similar to mine. Click on an image for a larger view.

 

I am ready and want to sign up!

$197