If you are offering online classes we have added some features that should be helpful. Note: although we have added more content-related security features, we have not added live streaming or video hosting. You will still need to use Zoom, YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook Live, etc. However, in most cases the appropriate video players or links can be added to your secured MSS pages.
Using the Main Street Sites Portal
The Portal feature is available if you have a Premium website or Back Office.
Any of your customers with a username and password can access the MSS portal. The portal landing page has a set of optional buttons. It is typically used for things like "My Account", "Make-Up Scheduler," "Make a Payment," etc.
You can add as many buttons to the portal as you like. You can add pages to hold materials, videos and links for particular classes. Additional buttons can be added to your portal layout at Website > Community > Portal > Layout. You'll need to add new pages to your Page Vault (at Website > Vaults > Page Vault) first, then you can reference them when you add buttons to your portal layout. Here is an example of a portal page:
Note: if you'd rather not use the portal landing page, you can also add secure page vault pages directly to your menu or link to them directly in emails, etc. They can be secured in either case. See below for how to secure your vault pages!
Securing Page Vault Pages using Access Level
Every person who creates an account on your website has an access level. It will be level 1 by default. You can set your page vault pages to require a higher access level if you'd like to prevent them from seeing certain pages by default. There are five portal access levels available for this purpose (1-5).
The access level for a given page vault page is on its settings tab at Website > Vaults > Page Vault > Settings.
You can give any account contact its own access level by opening the account at Manage > Accounts and editing the contact. For example, you could set certain families to level 2 manually. Then only those families could access any of your pages set to require level 2 access rights.
Important tip: To automatically assign a higher access level to your enrolled families, you can go to Setup > Settings > Account Settings and turn on the "Security level used for accounts with current enrollments" option. This will automatically assign a higher access level to your enrolled families, but only while they are enrolled in your classes. Here's what those settings would look like:
Securing Page Vault Pages by Class or Class Type
You can also limit access to a page in the page vault to people enrolled in a given class or class type. This is done by going to the settings tab of the page at Website > Vaults > Page Vault > Settings and selecting the option for enrolled account access.
Note: this only works if your customers are able to log in to your website. That lets us check their enrollments before showing them the page.
Securing Page Vault Pages by Access Code
If your customers do not typically have their own usernames and passwords, you can secure your page vault pages with a simple access code. This can be any secret code you wish to share with your families. The access code for a given page is set on the settings tab in Website > Vaults > Page Vault when editing a page.
Adding Online Class Access Info to your Class Notifications
If you have online access information you'd like to add to each class, this can now be done by editing the class at Manage > Classes > Classes and going to the Notes and Description tab. There is a new section there for adding "Notification Content" for the class. This content will be sent out in any notification for the class. This includes order confirmations, enrollment confirmations, make-up, demo and drop-in notifications (including reminders).
This option is intended to help people who want to distribute links for particular classes only to enrolled families.
We hope these security features will help you get your classes online during this difficult time. Please don't hesitate to ask for help with any of these items discussed here.