Say there is a content site that has professional resources for a specific profession. It works on a subscription model, where paid members can freely use/download each resource.
I'm wondering, from the point of view of unregistered users, what would be best :
- a few free sample resources and the rest are hidden.
- able to search/filter all resources, but cannot see beyond brief description (w still some free ones).
- some other option.
The first option could work better because it will be simpler: make a solid case without making the user mess around and feel irritated by constantly being told 'sorry you can't see this' which could have a cumulative negative effect.
But the second option gives the user a better idea of what exactly is on the site and how it works, possibly allowing a more confident, informed decision on whether to sign up.
There may be other ways of handling this or other issues I haven't thought of.