I'm a WP novice, and I'm lost. I need a little guidance please.
I'm working on creating a static public website for my club, with a restricted members area which needs a different Nav menu. To do this, so far I've created a WP network with two sites. I'd like a simple login page on the public site which redirects members to the restricted site, but I don't necessarily need to give them access to the WP backend.
I've spent ages searching the forum and trying various popular plug-ins with little success. I'm currently looking at 'Membership' plug-in as well as various log-in/ re-direct plugins which seems like they might do the job, but I'm not finding it particularly straightforward. I'd really like to know if I'm on the right path, or if I'm over-complicating it at this early stage.
Long term I would like to have plugins for online subscriptions and a detailed membership profiles database, along with members having the ability to interact with the site, but for now just a simple login for restricted access to static pages/site would do.
Basically I'd like to know:-
1/ Is there a quick and easy solution to this short-term?
2/ What is the best long-term solution?
I'd really like to get this new site working, as my previous website hosting expires soon and I'd rather not transfer my old site to my new provider. Any help would be really appreciated.