Nav Bar on Registration / Redirect for Logged in Members

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Nav Bar on Registration / Redirect for Logged in Members

Service: Hoop.la

Hi there,

I have a couple questions regarding our site:

1. Is there a way to make the navigation bar of my site appear at the top of the navigation page? Right now, our site nav is in the HTML of each custom page, and each of the pages behind the login has a separate site nav (above the Blog/Forum/etc. options. Ideally, I would like the registration page to have the regular site header that we have on the rest of our custom pages.

2. If a member is already logged in, and they click on "Register," it redirects them to the site homepage, which I find confusing. Is there a way to set it so that if someone is already logged in, and they click Register from the main site, they are instead directed to the landing page for logins?

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Hi Aliza,

1. When you say you want the navigation bar to appear on the registration page, are you talking about this page: http://www.cvcoreinsights.com/join? If not, can you give links to the pages where you want to add the nav bar? When you create a custom page, you can choose to show or hide the nav bar structure, so it might be an easy fix.

2. You can decide which page is the "landing page," just go to the control panel under Basics > Structure. At the bottom of the page, you'd want to choose the GetStarted custom page as your default landing page.

Just let me know if you have any questions about those!

Hi Rosemary,

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner.

1. Yes, that's the page I mean. As far as I understand, the Registration page is all controlled through the settings here and is not a custom page. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

All our custom pages (example 1, example 2) are Fresh HTML pages and have their own nav bar (not the standard page wrapper, as that is only visible to logged in members). The nav bar you see on those custom pages (screenshot below) is what I want displayed across the Registration page.

Right now, the user experience for registration is confusing...

If you are new and click Register but did so by mistake, there is no clear way to return to the site you were on, as it does not appear within the same site wrapper we display everywhere else.

If you are a returning member not realizing you're logged in and click Register, it just returns you to the homepage of the site. I want it to instead recognize that a member is already logged in, and automatically direct them to here: http://www.cvcoreinsights.com/pages/getstarted.

2. I understand being able to set a landing page, but I don't want that as the default landing page for the entire site, just for logged in members who click Register. Is that possible?

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Hi Aliza,

It sounds like what you're requesting isn't available out-of-the-box in Hoop.la and will likely require some paid services to support.

I have a few questions / comments:

  1. Would you want the navigation bar header to appear on the Login page, as well? I'm thinking you might want that for consistency.
  2. Typically, Hoop.la never shows the Register and Login links to members who are already signed in, as it creates unexpected/undesirable situations, as you've found. In my opinion, the ideal solution is not to change the behavior of the Register or Login links for signed in users, but rather to hide those links altogether if the user is signed in. Does that make sense to you? In that case, you could show a "Community" link (or something similar) in the top nav bar to get them into the Hoop.la side with your blog, forums, etc.
  3. There's no way to set a different landing page for guests vs. normal users, but that is a feature we have under consideration for a future release. We can get you a quote for a feature expedite for this, if you'd like, but I suspect this won't be as important if we address item #2 as I've suggested.
  4. You had mentioned that guests can never view the standard Hoop.la navigation bar. I wanted to clarify that since your site is public, that is not quite the case. I realize that you may not link to these pages for guests, but I wanted to point out at least two pages that are visible to guests and show the standard Hoop.la navigation bar:
    1. http://www.cvcoreinsights.com/pages/getstarted
    2. http://www.cvcoreinsights.com/pages/bio-jennyanderson

I will have to get back to you with a quote for adding the custom header to the Registration page (and potentially also Login page).

For my recommendation in #2 to hide the Register and Login links for signed in members and instead show a "Community" (or similar) link, that will Professional Services for our dev team to write some custom JavaScript to be used on your custom pages to show/hide nav menu items based on whether the member is signed in or not. Our Professional Services rate is $200/hour, and I'd expect a project like that to take 2 hours (so $400 total cost).

Based on what I understand of your requirements and how your community is set up, I think these two changes will address the issues at hand. If I'm missing something, please let me know! I'd also be happy to set up a call to discuss further, if you'd prefer.

Regards,

Brian

Hi Aliza,

I wanted to follow-up with a couple of quotes after discussing internally.

We can offer a customization to support including your standard header and footer on the Registration page (and Login page, if you desire) for a one-time customization fee of $500 for delivery within 60 days of signature on a work authorization agreement. Typically, customizations also include a monthly maintenance fee to maintain the customization over time, but we would waive that for you in this case.

If, after reading my assessment and recommendation, you're still interested in supporting a separate landing page for guests vs. signed in members, we could add support for that for a one-time feature expedite fee of $800 for delivery within 60 days of signature on a work authorization agreement. This feature expedite fee reflects a 50% discount off our normal development rate since we'd be building support as a general Hoop.la platform feature instead of a customization specific to your site.

If you have any questions or would like to move forward with any of these options, just let me know and I can get the ball rolling.

Have a great weekend! 

Brian

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