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User management

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 10:58 am
by Fabien
Hi,

I am new to Serendipity and would like to do the following:
- give my visitors the possibility to register online (there is a plugin for doing this)
- validate (or not) myself the inscription
- give the members the possibility to post comments (the above plugin do that) and to modify their account (I suppose a group can do that but I don't know how)

Is this possible?

Re: User management

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:20 pm
by garvinhicking
Hi!

As you already said, there is the "User Self-Registration" plugin where users can add themselves. Then there is an option of that plugin to only allow comments to registered users as well.

But there is no way that you can approve new registrations first. If you want to do that, you should create a simple contact form so that users send you an email and then you create their useraccounts as some kind of moderation.

If you have some PHP skills though, you could build an approval interface to new subscriptions into the plugin, but that is some cumbersome work to do.

Regards,
Garvin

Re: User management

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:24 pm
by Fabien
Thanks, I'll write a contact form, but can i do that:
Fabien wrote:- give the members the possibility to modify their account, ie username, password, email address (I suppose a group can do that but I don't know how)

Re: User management

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:31 pm
by garvinhicking
Yes, you can do that. Any user that can login to your backend can access the "personal Preferences" if the user is member of any group that has the "adminPersonalPreferences" permission enabled.

Best regards,
Garvin

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:56 pm
by Fabien
Aaargl! When I create a group (1.0 beta2), I dont have this option "adminPersonalPreferences".

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:08 pm
by garvinhicking
It's called "personalConfiguration". :)

Regards,
Garvin

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:25 pm
by Fabien
I have already tried to create a group with only this option checked. No effect: if I logged on as a user of this group I have only three options on the sidebar (I translate):
Admin home page
Going to the weblog
Disconnect

Cheers, Fabien

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:30 pm
by garvinhicking
Hi!

You must check the option "no_create" of each author. If that is set, it overrides all user group permission and effectively disables everything.

Regards,
Garvin

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:40 pm
by Fabien
It works!

Thanks a lot for your availability and your competency. Great product, geat support.

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 5:01 pm
by garvinhicking
Hi Fabien!

Great to hear that! :-))

Hope you'll have fun,
Garvin

member creation-

Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 6:46 pm
by mojito
I dont know if this application is meant to be used like this, but I would like clarification.

If a user registers or i create a user, is that user able to make their own blogs, or are they simply able to reply as comments.

I would like to wrap this application in my portal and allow the users to create their own blogs.

If this canot do that does anyone know of a script that can.

thanks

m :)

Re: member creation-

Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:14 am
by garvinhicking
Hi!

Such users are not meant to create their "own blogs". Multi-User just means, more than one user is able to write into the single blog.

You can emulate multi-blogs by turning Categories into "sub-blogs". Please search the forum or blog.s9y.org for examples for that. Then you can assign each user to his own "Category", which can be displayed as its own template/blog on the frontend, and he can even choose a different template for that blog. But technically it is still the same blog.

What you might want to look into is the "Shared Installation" mode. Read blog.s9y.org for a recent update on this.

Best regards,
Garvin

Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 6:17 pm
by oneway
Hi,

Serendipity was installed for me via my GoDaddy hosting a/c with myself as the admin.

I logged in successfully. Wanting to set my wife to be able to access the blog, I then rushed in without doing proper reading. I went to the Administration Suite, clicked Personal Settings, changed to her details making her a "Standard Editor", went to the bottom where it says "New Entry", thought that meant it WAS new, and clicked Save to Publish it. Foolish I know...

Now I've lost myself totally as admin, with ONLY my wife's details able to log in, and I cannot find anywhere to fix this problem.

Can someone help please? Thankyou!

Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 6:41 pm
by garvinhicking
Hi!

Hm, I don't exactly know what went on there; but maybe you could ask Godaddy support if in the serendipity_authors table your user account is still present?

Without SQL access to the database I'm afraid this will get a bit complicated. Do you have FTP access to your blog?

If your wife is a "administrator" user, you could use her account to enter the usermanagement and either recreate your user account, or edit it?

Can't you log in at all? Does it report you any error? Which serendipity version is installed?

Regards,
Garvin

Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:28 am
by oneway
Thankyou so much, Garvin!

I believe Serendipity is the latest version available.

I have FTP access to the Serendipity a/c as installed by GoDaddy on my website - in a folder called /serendipity. There's a PILE of folders and files in this folder, but nothing resembling 'serendipity_authors' that I can find.

Starting from the root of my website, there's no database I can find. There is a /sql folder with a lot of files all starting with db. One is db.sql, the rest are all db_update_ files going up to 0.8 alphas and betas.

I don't appear to have htaccess there, nor know how to do this as yet.

My wife's access is only "Standard Editor" unfortunately so I cannot use hers to re-establish admin access. I feel like I'm in big trouble here...

Thanks again!