Membership Dashboard Design

Membership Dashboard Design Best Practices

A critical piece to any digital membership experience is your member dashboard.

At member(dev) we’ve built a lot of dashboards with unique features and user experiences. We’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. Here’s an overview of some membership dashboard design best practices.

First, what is a membership dashboard?

Membership dashboards are typically the starting point or “home page” for your membership experience. This is where users land after logging in to their membership. This is also arguably the most important page for any membership website or application.

Common examples:

  • Member Dashboard for online learning site
  • Member Dashboard for online community site
  • Starting point for a media app (i.e. Netflix, Disney+, etc.)
  • Starting point for social media app
  • Account homepage for online banking
  • etc.

Best Practices

Now let’s discuss some design best practices that help with usability and user experience.

1. Account personalization

One of the simplest and most important design elements is account personalization. This personalizes the experience and helps users identify with your membership. This can also be very subtle in terms of the user experience. It’s essential to include account personalization so your members feel recognized.

Common examples:

  • Welcome back text with first name personalization.
  • Account dropdown with first name labeling.
2. Key quick links

Another important design element is key quick links. These are important links in the user experience that help users get to where they need to go quickly. By adding these links you save them time and remove potential confusion.

Common examples:

  • Start Here links
  • Manage Account links
  • Explore content links
  • Popular links
3. New member onboarding

New member onboarding is a critical design element for any online membership or community. This provides clear direction and instructions for new members. A dedicated area for new member onboarding will boost engagement, retention and help new users feel welcome to your membership. This is a must have element for growing online communities.

Common examples:

  • New Here area
  • New Member Orientation area
  • Getting Started area
4. Latest and Greatest

Another helpful design element is showing the latest and greatest content or activity in your user experience. This gives your members quick access to recently published content without them needing to hunt for it. It also reinforces the value you’re creating every time they log in. As your community grows you can also start to display the most popular content to encourage engagement.

Common examples:

  • Latest articles and resources
  • Latest member activity
  • Latest videos
  • Most popular content
5. Easy Access to Help & Support

A final design element is easy access to help and support. This might seem obvious but you’d be surprised how hard some digital experiences make it to find help and support. Give your member a quick and easy way to find help when they need it.

Common examples:

  • Prominent Help & Support link
  • Member Feedback form
  • Chat with Us widget

Here are two great examples of Dashboard designs by member(dev) clients.

Piano With Jonny

Piano With Jonny Dashboard

Key Features:

  • Personalization
  • Quick links
  • New here onboarding
  • User progress (advanced feature)
  • Upcoming events
  • Latest content
Backpacking Light

Backpacking Light Dashboard

Key Features:

  • Personalization
  • Latest news / alerts
  • Quick links
  • Latest member activity
  • Latest content

Hopefully that gives you a nice overview of effective membership dashboard designs.

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Ali Jafarian

Ali is the founder of MemberDev. He's a serial entrepreneur and software engineer with over 15 years of experience building technology. Ali's spent the last decade focusing on membership websites and the subscription business model. He enjoys helping small businesses with early stage development and growth.

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