I am new to Drupal but not web / application development and have googled this subject and haven't really found anything that clearly answers what to do. (Sorry if I've missed a similar post) I understand how to configure the users with roles and then thought it would be relatively easy to add a menu option which only shows if the user has the Member role and then create an area with content for members that was similarly restricted.
Alas I am now pulling out my hair because unless I am mistaken this is going to actually awkward to achieve and is certainly not available out of the box. If I am right I need to find modules that:
1. Have Drupal 6.x and Drupal 7.x versions because the customer needs the membership functionality ASAP and there appears to be issues porting it to Drupal 7 particularly in the views area. So I need to add it to the Drupal 6 site and then I will have more time to successfully migrate the site to the latest version.
2. Are actively maintained so I am not leaving my customer with a dead end dependency that is no longer maintained. Whilst there are numerous restrict content modules few seem to be being actively developed or maintained (even if they claim to be given the release cycle)
I would appreciate any pointers on this and ideally don't want to go down the route of having to create a pile of custom PHP to achieve what to me should exist already and there must be many sites out there with similar requirements.
Thanks in advance,