Show restricted access page in menu but require password to access
Right now whatever you want to protect or restrict access to, you have to put it under a "Restricted Access" functional page.
And whatever that is in that page is invisible, unless you log in.
Two suggestions/wish list....
1. Capability to designate each page whether it is to be password protected or not, without putting it under a restricted functional page. Having to create pages under "Restricted Access" limits flexibility and intuitiveness in arranging the pages.
2. Have those password protected pages menus be visible, even without logging in, but require password to proceed any further.
I would like this option too. At the moment you can only limit access to pages by certain member groups or member levels.
I would like to be able to limit pages to 'internally' assigned groups or to be able to password protect pages.
I suspect that my members would feel more assured that members-only content was indeed private if there was no hint of its existence until logged in.
Dmitry Buterin commented
This has been raised - personally I have a number of concerns (e.g. if you have several levels of access, this can easily lead to visitor confusion and frustration - I am logged in, why can't see this page? Also, I believe many user might find it unsecure to share even the existence of some pages with public visitors)
Also I feel that much better approach is to create some public-visible content with some excerpts/teasers - it would likely be much more attractive than just page names.
I would love to hear from others on this.
Kim Bresler commented
It would be great for marketing purposes to make a restricted access section and sub-page titles show grayed with the lock by it before member log in? Then, prospective members could see what they could have access to if they joined. This would be a feature I would like to see in a future upgrade.
I'd like to add my vote for this also. This would definitely be a helpful feature.
In general, folks login as required to view content that they think is available. We have a member directory that's available upon login, but members wouldn't know that necessarily without a "Be sure to login so that you get a better menu" -type of indication somehow.
Also, menu items that are viewable sometimes and hidden sometimes mess with people's sense of site navigation.
Right now, I try to workaround this with a page listing login-required options, but a menu item that indicated the same thing would be more elegant.
Thanks for considering.
No. As soon as we did, I'll post here, but it's not going to be soon, sorry.
Is this possible now? It's 3rd quarter 2013—thought this feature was available last year? I can't seem to make it work.
Shelbi Hoffman commented
Yes, it would be beneficial to have the option to display or hide restricted pages in the menu. For membership based sites it would be a way to entice people to join. I have created a workaround on one of my client's site, but it involves creating an extra menu item and landing page. When visitors click Member Directory they are taken to a page gives them the option to view the public page or join to view the private page. This solutions will work until the functionality is added to WA.
In the very next release any page access to be controlled separately (no RAS pages anymore). But for showing all pages in menu - cannot promise.
Any word on the status of this feature?
I would like all my menu items to be seen by users who are not logged in.
I joined your post to already existing thread about same suggestion.
Michael Shore commented
I believe that we'll get a substantial amount of traffic to our new site next week when we launch it. If those visitors were able to "see" the member-only content links that they don't have access to without being a member, I think it would entice them to sign up. Having those links be visible would provide an opportunity at a glance for someone to see what they're missing as opposed to having to read through a list of member benefits. Thanks!
Michael Shore commented
It would be great to have the option to keep restricted access menu link options visible with the "lock" icon. I think it would encourage visitors to become members if they actually got to see all of the menu options that they can't get at. Right now, outside of them taking the time to read our membership benefits page, they may not see the "value" that the site offers. Thanks.
Dmitry Buterin commented
#1 is part of what we do in CMS redesign - will be available in version 5.0 (Q1 2012)
So let's focus this thread on #2. This has come up before and I would like to get more input/comments:
Should restricted pages always be hidden from menu/shown in menu/user choice? And why.
Member-only pages are not visible to public visitors. Only logged in members are able to see these pages in the navigation menu.
Allow member-only pages to be visible in the menu. If a public user clicks on the page in the menu, show a login page.
Create a public page that links to or redirects to the member-only page