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Access control lets you apply security to your website, either to restrict access to specific pages or to control user access to forums, blogs, and other Serif Web Resource features. In WebPlus, this is managed with a User List Smart object.
In this tutorial, we'll show you how to: Set up access control. Create and manage user groups. Apply page security. Suspend and block IP addresses and users.
This tutorial assumes that you have already registered for a Serif Web Resources account as you will need to log in to access the Smart objects. If you are unsure how to do this, see the tutorial Serif Web Resources or see WebPlus Help. To download the tutorial project file(s), right-click the link(s) and, depending on your browser, select either Save Target As... or Save Link As... In the subsequent dialog, ensure that you choose a suitable file location, such as a 'downloads' folder or the 'desktop', so that you can easily browse to your file when required. scuba.wpp
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Setting up access control
There are often times when you want to restrict access to certain pages within your site, e.g., a photo gallery or to members only section. This is where the User List Smart object can help. The User List Smart object has two modes—Access Control and Mailing List. The User List - Access Control mode lets you apply security across your site (typically to specific pages of your site). In this exercise, we'll set up an Access Control Smart object to set security on our gallery page. Once we've done that, we can reuse the access control for our forum in the next tutorial.
To set up access control:
Top of page Adding users to the User List Access control is based around a user list (i. In the Smart Objects dialog.. click the account. In the Smart object library.1. 4.when a visitor registers or signs up on your site or forum. As we are going to password protect our Gallery page. Leave the default settings (recommended) and click Add User. e. name your access control object—it may be helpful to include the name of the website. Click Create.Access Control Mode object and click Manage. click Access Control. If necessary. select your User List . buttons.. This is most useful when you want to restrict access to pages on your site and you have a dedicated list of people to add immediately.g. 2. Manually . select the User List option and click OK. set the properties of the text.. click New.by adding a user in the Manage dialog. You can also edit these at a later date.e. In the following dialog. In the Add New User section. Your new Smart object is listed in the Smart objects Library. On the Web Objects toolbar. scubasharks access. 6. 3. 3. . In the User List dialog. If you want to create an on-the-page user login. background.. The Users section already contains one user—this is your Serif Web Resources login email address. 5. type the user email address into the Email field. To manually add a user to the User List: 1. log in to your 2. we'll start by manually adding some users to the list. a complete list of users who are registered on your site) and one or more user groups. and border. In the Create Smart Object dialog. Users can be added to the user list in two ways: Automatically . Smart Objects Tool. Let's do this now.
In the Manage dialog. If you clear the Require Activation check box. on the Web Objects toolbar. Add any other users. the next step is to configure our users and groups. As we are going to set security on our gallery page. let's create a 'Gallery access' group. 4. Under Create New Group: Type 'Gallery access' in the Group Name box. the user will is automatically activated. select your User List .Access Control Mode object and click 3. They will be able to log in to any page that uses access control immediately. Top of page Configuring access control Now that we've created a new User List Access Control object. To create user groups: 1. . If necessary. Ensure that the Add new users on signup: option is cleared. 4. click the Groups tab.The user is added to the list and will receive a confirmation email with their login details. Currently. Smart Objects Tool and log in. 2. Click Create Group. click the Manage. the list of groups is empty. In the Smart Objects Library.
use can the Add new users on signup: option. 3.If a page is for general use. but you still want to maintain overall control of who views or uses it. ensure that your new group is selected. the users appear in the group list. To add users one at time: In the Users section. click Add All. This is especially useful to control access to forums as you will often want to allow anybody to sign up and post. For now.or To add all users in the list. The Group Management panel displays the settings that you've just created. 2. but control the permissions of various users. To manually add users to a group: 1. Let's now add some users. Click Add. click Done. . See the Forums tutorial for more information. Notice that the group list is empty. Once added to the group. click to select a user name from the list. On the Groups tab. the Group drop-down list displays the name of your new group. . In the User Group Management pane. 5. 6.
Click OK to exit. 3. On the Pages context toolbar.4. Click Change/Manage. To apply page security: 1. 5. click the Page Security category and select the Protect page with password option. On the Site tab. click Page Security. 6. Now that your 'Gallery access' control group is created. In the Page Properties dialog. the 'Gallery access' group is displayed next to the Current User Group field. . Let's do this now. Back in the Page Properties dialog. In the Site tab. double-click the Gallery page entry. 2. Click Exit once to exit the dialog and again to exit Serif Web Resources. a key icon is displayed on the Gallery page. we can set up the page security on our photo gallery page. 4. In the User Groups dialog. select the 'Gallery access' group and click OK.
Under User Control. if their club subscription has expired and you want to suspend members only access until they renew. In the Manage dialog. To suspend a user: 1. 3. in the Users list.. You may want to do this for various reasons e. If you have several pages to protect.. publish your site to disk (File > Publish Site > Publish to Disk Folder. Why suspend users? Suspending users temporarily disables their username (email address). The next time the user tries to log on. In the Manage dialog. Click Suspend User. suspended users are indicated with an asterisk. the message "Your account has been suspended" is displayed. or by way of punishment for posting defamatory statements on a hosted public forum.7. If necessary. . select your User List . such as those containing confidential information. Congratulations! You've successfully created an access control user list and used it to protect your page. suspend or ban users from a group. click the Smart Objects Tool and log in. In the Smart Objects Library.. click Unsuspend User. Don't forget to save your work! Top of page Suspending and banning users Your User List . On the Users tab. see online Help.) and then view the Gallery page in your browser. select a user from the Email drop-down list. why not add an access control login object to your master page? For more details. To test your security changes. on the Bans tab. You can use access control to apply security to other pages of your site. 5.g. click the Bans tab. then click Manage.Access Control object. you also need to no how to remove. To make access control useful. To reactivate a suspended user: Select the user and. 2.Access Control object can be used by any smart object that requires a user list. 4. Log in to access the page. the User Control section allows you to suspend users temporarily or ban them entirely. An Authentication Required dialog will appear. on the Web Objects toolbar.
then click Manage. 3. To ban a user by IP address: 1. Click the Lookup User button. 5.Access Control object. If more drastic action is required. As a last resort. even the ISP or organization to which the owner of the email address belongs can be banned to prevent institutional malpractice such as professional spamming. In the Manage dialog. If necessary. select ISP/organization. 5. As the Lookup User function relies upon external websites (those responsible for allocating IP addresses). select IP address. Click Ban. then click Manage. click the Smart Objects Tool and log in. select your User List . 6. As a general rule. on the Web Objects toolbar. on the Web Objects toolbar. click the Smart Objects Tool and log in. . In the Ban User's drop-down list. Click Ban. a user's IP address can be banned from accessing the forum. It is recommended that you only apply an ISP ban as a last measure. 2. Serif Web Resources locates the user's ISP/organization network address and displays it in the scrolling window. 2. click the Bans tab. In the Smart Objects Library. If necessary. Banning an ISP or organization can result in innocent visitors to your site also being banned.Access Control object. 4. Note that banning a single ISP from America Online may also affect other users. 3. it may sometimes fail due to timing out. select your User List . 4. In the Ban User's drop-down list. In the Manage dialog. click the Bans tab. the latter option is not recommended. To ban a user by ISP or organization: 1. In the Smart Objects Library.Why ban users? Suspending users does not prevent them from registering or logging in with a different username.
Mailing Lists tutorial for more information. or organization is no longer considered suspect. Questions? If you have questions about anything related to Serif WebPlus X5 or any other Serif products.If a user's IP address. IP address. visit the Serif Software Forums. In this tutorial. it is listed in an Unban drop-down list. Visit the Template Store to access new professionally designed templates for use in WebPlus" . The entry will also include the date the address was banned. ISP. the User List object has another function—mailing lists. which we will use in the next tutorial. However. This allows you to review current bans and reverse them if the user. See the User Lists . we've shown you how to set up an access control user list object. or organization is banned. Forums.
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