Client Portal Overview

This article provides insight into how clients will experience and navigate the Client Portal, as well as how designers can grant or revoke various client permissions to curate what the client sees.

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Client View

Upon logging in, clients with only a single project tied to their Client Portal login are taken to a landing page featuring their proposals. Clients who have been invited to multiple projects are routed to a tiled overview of their current projects with key information.

The side panel on the left serves as the primary navigation, allowing clients to quickly switch views between Proposals, Invoices, and Items.
Once your client is on their selected screen, they can also filter what they want to see by toggling document type, document status, or even sorting by balance. 

A pin feature is available to pin clients' prioritized items or documents to the top of the page. 

On the Items screen, clients can filter by room or by toggling up to seven various options to hide or display items of their choosing based on payment or client status.

The Project Summary is also immediately visible.

The Project Summary displays key information at-a-glance:

  • Funds Received(*): the total funds received by the designer for this project via Money In
  • Applied to Items(*): the total funds that have been applied to various items across this project
  • Unapplied Funds(*): the funds that are available for use toward this project
  • Approved Proposal Deposit Balance: the amount of all associated costs with the item(s) tied to this project including freight, sales tax, markup, and any Other Costs designated to the item; this figure reflects the sum of all the approved items' deposit balances
  • Invoice Balance: the cumulative unpaid balance of all items that have been invoiced for this project; in most cases, this will be the remaining amount due on an item outside of the deposit amounts that have been paid
  • Total Amount Due: calculated based on Approved Proposal Deposit Balance and the Invoice Balance summary totals

Fields denoted with an asterisk (*) indicate that visibility can be controlled by the designer via the permissions toggles under Projects > Client Portal > (select client) > (click cog).

Tip: For a more detailed breakdown of the Project Summary financials, designers can run 2013 04 PW for Client Total Balance

From this page, clients are also able to Accept or Reject items and proposals, Like or Dislike presented items, as well as make payments.

The decisions the client makes will update the item's status within your Studio Designer account.

Impersonation Mode

Impersonation mode enables you to log in as your client and navigate the Client Portal as it appears to that specific client.

Note: The client's financial information is not visible to the designer, and no actions (ex: Approve/Reject, Like/Dislike, Pay Now, etc) may be taken while using Impersonation Mode.

  1. Click on Projects > Client Portal
  2. From the list, you can locate your client's project and then click on the magnifying glass under Log In as Client


There are certain settings that you can toggle on and off that dictate the client's level of access within the Client Portal and what information they are able to view.

  1. Click Projects > Client Portal and locate your client's project
  2. Click the cog icon under Settings
  3. Toggle permissions On (checkmark visible) or Off (no checkmark visible) from the menu, then Save 

This will launch a new menu that appears as below:


Clients can make payments in the Client Portal using Studio Designer's built-in Stripe integration. Once you've linked your preferred payment method to your Studio Designer account, you can grant or restrict the ability to pay either by ACH or credit card as you see fit in the client's profile found in Settings > Clients > (select client) > Payment.

Once the client enters the amount they intend to pay, they can select a valid payment method and either enter their credit card details or be redirected to their bank's page for ACH.