How to Build a Video Streaming Site with Webflow and Memberstack

Robert Jett
November 29, 2023
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In this post we'll cover everything from building a Video Streaming Site with and without templates as well as tips and strategies to growing your Video Streaming Site!

Building a Video Streaming Site with Webflow and Memberstack

Building a video streaming site like Netflix with Webflow and Memberstack is an exciting venture that blends creativity, technical skill, and strategic planning. Let's delve into how you can create a successful video streaming platform.


Video streaming sites have revolutionized the way we consume media. Building such a site with Webflow offers several benefits, including complete control over your content, the ability to curate a unique viewer experience, and the opportunity to provide additional services beyond just video streaming. With Webflow's customizability and Memberstack's membership management, you can create a streaming service that stands out even in a market dominated by giants like YouTube and Vimeo.

Before the Build

Selecting your niche is the first essential step in building your streaming site. Each niche, be it sports, gaming, educational content, entertainment, or travel, has its unique audience and content requirements. Webflow and Memberstack facilitate the creation of these niche streaming services by offering unparalleled customizability and the ability to create membership tiers and gated content.

Niches and Their Uniqueness

There are several niches your video streaming site can focus on. Becuase many of the large competitors are generalist platforms, accepting many different kinds of videos, specialization is a great way to differentiate your site and attract potential viewers. Some potential niches include:

  1. Sports: Live events, replays, and exclusive athlete interviews.
  2. Gaming: Streaming of eSports events, game walkthroughs, and exclusive gaming content.
  3. Educational Videos: Online courses, instructional content, and educational webinars.
  4. Entertainment: Movies, series, and exclusive behind-the-scenes content.
  5. Travel: Travel vlogs, documentaries, and destination guides.

Subtitle: For example, a sports video streaming website like ESPN must focus on categorizing by sport and teams, and display that information with an easy to navigate design. 

With each of these niches, you'll need to create or find an ecosystem and community around the kinds of videos you are providing. This can mean direct marketing, or engaging in existing conversations on different platforms. The most important part of this process is doing the proper research in order to become an expert in whatever niche you are hoping to join.

Choosing a Platform

While there are various platforms available for building a project, Webflow stands out for its design capabilities and integration options. Major streaming services like YouTube and Vimeo can be linked directly in your Webflow CMS, whereas creating your own video hosting platform is a complex task and generally not recommended for no-code solutions. Using a premade template connecting to existing video services, coupled with third-party managed membership services (like Membertsack, wink wink) is the easiest and most efficient way to start.

Building a Video Streaming Site with Webflow

  • If you’re starting without a template click here
  • If you’re starting from a template click here.

Without a Template

If you would like to build your video streaming website from scratch, there are several key components that you’ll need to focus on. While this is entirely doable within the Webflow platform, we recommend starting with a template instead, simply because it can expedite some of the more predictable tasks while still allowing for a high degree of customization.

That being said, the steps for making your video streaming site from scratch are as follows:

Setting Up Webflow 

To begin, start with a solid structural plan in Webflow. Your primary task is to create a scalable and efficient database structure that can handle a large volume of video content. This involves setting up CMS collections for your videos, categorizing them effectively for easy retrieval, and building UI/UX that allows for easy browsing and retrieval.

As you design the frontend, pay special attention to creating a dynamic homepage that can adapt to display featured content based on viewer preferences, searches, or new releases. Use Webflow’s CMS API to dynamically update content and maintain a fresh and engaging user interface.

Design Tips 

There are a couple of essential things to consider if designing your video streaming site from scratch. Here are some of the most important: 

  • Use visual hierarchy to make obvious the categories, “importance” (i.e. featured videos), freshness,and any other sub-divisions of your site.  
  • Ensure that navigation through a wide array of possible sites is easy and intuitive (by using navbars, sidebars, hamburger menus, etc.) 
  • Responsiveness is crucial for a video streaming service, as users will access the site on a variety of devices, from smartphones to large desktop monitors. Responsiveness in web design refers to the ability of a website to adapt its layout and content to different screen sizes and resolutions.
  • Interactions and animations can enhance user engagement without affecting the site's speed. 
  • Use a grid layout for video thumbnails, ensuring a clean and organized display that enhances user navigation and content discovery.

Video Handling

For video collections, consider integrating with third-party video hosting platforms like Vimeo or YouTube by embedding videos, direct links to videos, or direct video uploads if you're handling your own hosting. Each comes with their own challenges. For member-exclusive content, you can leverage Memberstack to create gated areas, providing a seamless experience for premium content access. Additionally, build in a robust search functionality using tools like Algolia for quick and efficient content retrieval.

Integrating Payments

Gating content on your video streaming site means that users will need a way to make payments with your site. This is often complicated to set up without the help of third-party software. Memberstack, for example, has a built in integration with Stripe, meaning that there is an out-of-the-box solution for payments that can be directly attached to your existing Webflow site. This means that you’ll be able to gather payments without needing to set up complicated

Set up different membership tiers within Memberstack, and integrate them with your Webflow site to control access to various levels of content. Ensure the payment process is streamlined and secure, with clear subscription options and easy navigation to the payment gateway. Automate the subscription lifecycle, including sign-ups, renewals, and cancellations, to minimize manual administration.

SEO Optimization 

For SEO, focus on technical optimization and content strategy. Use schema markup for video content to enhance visibility in search results. Optimize page load times and mobile responsiveness, both crucial for SEO. Implement a content strategy that includes regular updates, keyword-rich descriptions, and meta tags tailored to your niche audience. Encourage user interaction, such as ratings and comments, as these can contribute positively to your site's SEO.

Starting with a template can simplify many of these steps, providing a pre-configured structure and design that you can customize to fit your specific requirements. It allows you to focus more on content strategy and less on the technicalities of setting up the site from scratch. Templates like Memberstack's video streaming service template come equipped with essential features and integrations, making the development process more efficient and straightforward for seasoned developers.

With a Template

If you are interested in getting your video streaming site up-and-running without having to do the feature development and design work, we’ve put together a comprehensive template for you here: video streaming service template by Memberstack.  

Key Features

There are a huge number of features available in this template, which should give you all of the necessary tools (likely more than necessary) needed to get your site up an running. These features include:

  • Fully-customizable dashboard with dynamic video display
  • Video uploads via Webflow CMS (see below)
  • Author lists via Webflow CMS
  • Video categories via Webflow CMS
  • A variety of customizable sub-page types on a sidebar (Home, Trending, Movies, Series, Vlogs, Watch Later by default)
  • Sign Up/Login Pages compatible with Memberstack 
  • Collection page templates for Videos, Authors, and Cetegories

Video Handling

Videos are uploaded to your streaming site using the built-in Webflow CMS feature. This is a great solution (especially when compared to video embeds or direct uploads) because of the versatility of the CSM system. Not only can you link directly to the video – with the URL in the case of Vimeo – but you can create categories that can later be used to sort or differentiate the video. In this template, this includes different content categories, ratings, placements on a Trending section or homepage, as well as other categorizations (meta-tags, seasons, episodes, etc.). This can be customized to fit your needs. 

Customizing the Design

This template can be adapted to reflect your brand identity and meet your specific functional needs. Personalization is key to making your streaming service unique. To help streamline this process, we’ve included a stylesheet that allows for site-wide customization to things like colors, typography, fonts, spacers and buttons. New elements can be added to this stylesheet if needed as well. 

With Webflow's new “Variables” feature, customizing this stylesheet is easier than ever. You can set the colors and design you want there, and do testing on how they’ll effect the design of your site in the stylesheet – which is a powerful designing flow for any dev project on Webflow. You can read about this new feature here

Integrating Memberships and Payments

 As with the process described above, payments for access or account upgrades can be seamlessly integrated with Webflow. Certain pages can be gated behind memberships to specific tiers of membership. The specifics of these account tiers will depend on the goals and audience of your site. For information on how you can get these memberships and payments set up using Stripe and Memberstack, check out this tutorial here. For information on connecting with other payment providers (like Apple Pay or Google Pay), you can check out this tutorial – although this will require quite a bit of engineering on your part. 


Whether starting from scratch or using a template, the aim is to create a streaming platform that provides an excellent user experience, manages content effectively, and aligns with your specific niche. Webflow and Memberstack offer the tools and flexibility needed to create a professional and engaging video streaming site.