same url ('/') with different templates based on login status in AngularJS

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I’d like to know the best practice, how to set up routing and templates in AngularJS to show a different front & login area to visitors, and then show a dashboard to logged in users on the same base url (‘/’).

The two pages are structurally completely different, and also different assets are needed.

Is it better to setup two different apps for the 2 parts of the website, but then how would I manage the session between the 2?

Or is it better to make an “empty” layout with nothing between the body tags an load the different templates into that, and make separate routing for the front part and the dasboard part?

I’m looking for kind of like the way Facebook’s login is made. To stay on the root domain after logging in.

I spent my afternoon Googling and searching SO, but couldn’t find any guides on this. Any ideas how you usually do this kind of separation in AngularJS would be very welcome.

How to solve :

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Method 1

Martin’s answer is fine, but I’d rather solve the problem with ui-router module:

  1. Create three states: root, dashboard and landing.
  2. Capture URL with root state and redirect to dashboard or landing depending on authorization status.
  3. dashboard and landing will have controller and templateUrl defined in one place together with other application states, which is nice.

Code example:

  .module("app", ["ui.router"])
  .value("user", {
    name: "Bob",
    id: 1,
    loggedIn: true
  .config(function($stateProvider) {
      .state("root", {
        url: "",
        template: "<section ui-view></section>",
        controller: function($state, user) {
          if ($"root")) $state.go(user.loggedIn ? "dashboard" : "landing");
      .state("landing", {
        templateUrl: "landing.html",
        controller: "LandingCtrl"
      .state("dashboard", {
        templateUrl: "dashboard.html",
        controller: "DashboardCtrl"
  .controller("DashboardCtrl", function($scope, user, $state) {
    $scope.logout = function() {
      user.loggedIn = false;
  .controller("LandingCtrl", function($scope, user, $state) {
    $scope.login = function() {
      user.loggedIn = true;

Complete example on Plunker.

Method 2

You can use the same master template, include different partials depending on if the user is logged in or not.

<ng-include=" 'views/loggedout.html' " ng-if="!loggedIn"></ng-include>
<ng-include=" 'views/loggedin.html' " ng-if="loggedIn"></ng-include>

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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