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    ejDaniels got a reaction from paul2009 in when building my new site is the paywall bypassed since I'm the site owner?   
    VERY helpful explanation. Thank you @paul2009! 
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    ejDaniels reacted to paul2009 in when building my new site is the paywall bypassed since I'm the site owner?   
    I can understand why this is confusing 🙂. Squarespace have intentionally created a lot of flexibility with their new "Digital Products" and, whilst this gives you a lot of power to design it how you want, it can also make it overwhelming and confusing, especially for anyone new to the platform. I've done my best to explain things in my blog post, Can Squarespace do courses? but I'll summarise the main points below.
    The Squarespace Digital Products ecosystem includes Courses, Video Libraries and Member Sites (previously called Member Areas).
    Courses is designed for structured, ordered lessons that students follow sequentially. For example, Courses would probably be the best option when creating a masterclass for aspiring chefs.

    An example Courses page
    A Video Library is an unordered library of video content, allowing students to pick videos at random and watch them. For example, this may suit a yoga studio that offers a library of exercises for students to pick from. 
    A Member Site offers the most amount of flexibility, so here's where the explanation can get confusing. A Member Site will allow you to put almost anything behind a "paywall", including Courses and Video Libraries 🤯 ! 
    Whilst logged on to the site as a contributor, you will see all the content. This is normal and is to allow you to edit the content. However, visitors to your website should not see the content if you have setup and applied a pricing plan.
    You may find it helpful to read The digital product customer experience support guide. This guide attempts to explain what a visitor will experience. It describes the process of discovering and signing up for Digital Products such as a Member Site, enrolling in a Course, or purchase access to a Videos page.
    To test your own website as a visitor, open a private or incognito browser window and then browse to your website using its website address. If you have created a sign-up page or sign-up section, you will be able to select one of your Course options and sign-up. After choosing a pricing plan, you'll be prompted to create a customer account. If you charge for your digital product, you'll see the checkout page after clicking Create account (if your course is free, you'll skip the checkout process).
    Let me know if this helps or if you have unanswered questions.
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