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Creating users

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Most of what you will do in this course looks at your site from the point of view of an Administrator. But now it's time to step across the threshold and see what the site looks like from the other side, that is, from that of a visitor. We will do this by going through the sign up procedure as it's defined in Drupal's default configuration and then we will look at some of the options that you as the administrator have, to change that membership process. First, we are going to log out, so we are no longer the Administrator. If I was someone coming across your Drupal website like this for the first time, I might be able to create a new account. Here I would put in my proposed Username, let's call me fishyjoe and my e-mail address fishyjoe@example.com and Create new account. You will notice this message up here that tells us that further instructions have been sent to that e- mail address. Now I am going to go in to my site as the Administrator to see what happens when a user tries to create an account. Admin -- to do so, we go to Administer, down to Users and here we have the member fishyjoe. Let's take a look at some of the options that we have to edit. We can change the Username, if for example, they have put in something obscene or unwanted, their E-mail address, we can change their Password, their Status, so if for example, we have some reason to block them, we can do that here. We can also give them a role. We had previously created this one contributing user, so let's say we know who fishyjoe is. We can say Oh! Yeah and we know that we want that person to be a Contributor, we can click that.

Creating users

Most of what you will do in this course looks at your site from the point of view of an Administrator. But now it's time to step across the threshold and see what the site looks like from the other side, that is, from that of a visitor. We will do this by going through the sign up procedure as it's defined in Drupal's default configuration and then we will look at some of the options that you as the administrator have, to change that membership process. First, we are going to log out, so we are no longer the Administrator. If I was someone coming across your Drupal website like this for the first time, I might be able to create a new account. Here I would put in my proposed Username, let's call me fishyjoe and my e-mail address fishyjoe@example.com and Create new account. You will notice this message up here that tells us that further instructions have been sent to that e- mail address. Now I am going to go in to my site as the Administrator to see what happens when a user tries to create an account. Admin -- to do so, we go to Administer, down to Users and here we have the member fishyjoe. Let's take a look at some of the options that we have to edit. We can change the Username, if for example, they have put in something obscene or unwanted, their E-mail address, we can change their Password, their Status, so if for example, we have some reason to block them, we can do that here. We can also give them a role. We had previously created this one contributing user, so let's say we know who fishyjoe is. We can say Oh! Yeah and we know that we want that person to be a Contributor, we can click that.

They will automatically be an authenticated user because that's what all members become. And let's just say Save here. By default on Drupal, the user will receive an e-mail to the address that they gave saying, we understand you would like to become a member, please click on this special link to finish your registration process. The reason that's done is because so many people will enter false e-mail addresses and that's one way that abuse happens on websites. So this makes sure at least that the e-mail address is proper and true. If the person doesn't have that e-mail address, then they would never receive the message that would give them their secret link. So the users can create their own accounts but the Administrator can also add users as they like. It's on the same screen, which again is Administer and then Users by just going Add user. Let's add fishysue and the e-mail address fishysue@example.com. Once again, you would set a password. Oops! I didn't set it the same so let's try that again, password again. Good, the passwords match, although it's not a very high password strength. This is an automatic feature in Drupal 6, it checks to make sure, you are giving the best passwords possible. And again, you can set certain features, I don't know why you would set a new account that would be Blocked, but you have that option. Finally, if you like, you can notify the user of new account in which case, it will send an e-mail to that fishysue@example.com address in our example here. You might not want to do that, if for example, you have spoken to that person and said here, you are sitting right here, I'll just create your account there. You don't really need an e-mail to tell you that you have this. And then you just say Create new account, there. We have a new account created.

You can also prevent people from entering certain types of user names or registering e-mail addresses from certain domains, say for example, your competitors. You can do that by going to Administer, Access rules. Let's add a rule that will let us see what sort of options we have to block. First you can choose to only allow addresses and user names and so forth that meet a certain pattern or by default, you can deny them. Let's say that we want to deny all people with user names that contain squid in them. These special characters down here let you block certain kinds of wild-card patterns. The % sign blocks all strings, no matter how long they are. So for example, if I didn't want squidsue and joesquid, I would say % squid% and then Add Rule. Now if I want to check to see what sort of names I can add, we will do Check rules. Say username jimmythesquid and check the username, Aha! It's not allowed. However if I were to do tomtheoctopus, and check that username, that is allowed. Let's go back to our list and just delete that one.

You have many more options of how users register for your site. Let's go to Administer and User Settings to see exactly what those are. This is a very long screen. It has many, many options in it including long texts here that you can edit. But really, it's only broken down in to four sections. At the top you have basic registration settings, the first set of radio buttons lets you make it so that only you can create user accounts, it takes away that link that says create your own account. The second one, which is ON by default, lets visitors create their own account and you don't have to approve everyone. The third one lets visitors create accounts but only will become members if you say yes.

Again we talked about e-mail verification and the third section lets you put some help texts. So for example, You can't use the word squid in your username, for example. That will appear above the form when people are signing up for their accounts. The user e-mail settings let you change what sort of e-mail people get when they sign up for the site. There are several different options here, one is if the user is created by the Administrator, that's a different message from if somebody has created their own account which is another different message from if somebody has created an account but it has to be approved by an Administrator. The third section, lets users put in Signatures at the end of their user profiles. Then for example, they could comment on forum posts and at the end of all of their comments, it would have some small block of text. By default, it's Disabled. Similarly, the picture section lets people put a little user picture next to their account, which can show up next to forum posts, for example or comments or just in their profile. We will say Save Configuration here. Now let's Log Out again and say Create new account.

Remember how we said, you can't have the word squid in your username? Well, there it is. Let's log back in as the Administrator and let's take a look again at our list of users. One final thing that you can do here is once you have been online for a long time, you'll have a long, long list of users and you may want to do the same thing to all of them. For example, block several of them, or delete several of them. You can do that by checking them as I have just done and then choosing the option that you want from up here. You can also change the roles that they have, so let's say that fishyjoe and fishysue have been very good members and you want to say, yeah, I want to make them a contributing user, you can do that very easily that way and then click Update. Additionally, you can show only those people who are contributing users, by clicking on the role and then clicking on Filter with Contributing User selected and so forth with permissions and status.

As you can see, Drupal gives you considerable control over how people register for your site and what they can do on it and there's further control available through third party modules that are available for download. Through these tools you can manage how users go from being an anonymous user to an authenticated user and then in addition, give them other permissions as is appropriate for them.

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Drupal 6 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 38s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the example files
      3m 48s
  2. 28m 55s
    1. Drupal is a CMS
      7m 43s
    2. Choosing Drupal
      5m 32s
    3. Checking Drupal's requirements
      4m 26s
    4. Understanding the inner workings of Drupal
      4m 35s
    5. Meeting the Drupal community
      6m 39s
  3. 11m 28s
    1. Learning key terms in Drupal
      5m 20s
    2. Touring Drupal's interface
      6m 8s
  4. 34m 35s
    1. Installing WAMP and Drupal on Windows
      9m 41s
    2. Installing MAMP
      4m 34s
    3. Setting up the database on a Mac
      2m 2s
    4. Downloading and installing Drupal on a Mac
      6m 37s
    5. Troubleshooting installation problems
      3m 49s
    6. Automating updates with cron
      7m 52s
  5. 25m 37s
    1. Setting up clean URLs
      5m 52s
    2. Backing up your Drupal site
      3m 31s
    3. Restoring your Drupal site from backup
      4m 19s
    4. Wiping your Drupal installation clean
      2m 7s
    5. Updating Drupal
      9m 48s
  6. 15m 37s
    1. Using the Administration menu
      6m 21s
    2. Setting site information
      4m 50s
    3. Setting the theme
      4m 26s
  7. 35m 8s
    1. Understanding security and permissions
      7m 2s
    2. Controlling site access with user management
      3m 39s
    3. Creating users
      7m 58s
    4. Setting user profiles
      9m 40s
    5. Creating contact forms
      6m 49s
  8. 19m 19s
    1. Creating your site's basic info pages
      7m 13s
    2. Understanding page layout
      5m 40s
    3. Creating a flexible layout with blocks
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 35s
    1. Monitoring performance
      4m 52s
    2. Recovering from disasters
      7m 37s
    3. Improving administration skills
      3m 6s
  10. 41m 3s
    1. Understanding nodes
      6m 50s
    2. Creating basic content: Stories and pages
      7m 9s
    3. Enabling other content types
      9m 22s
    4. Adding blogs
      3m 49s
    5. Adding forums
      6m 56s
    6. Adding polls
      6m 57s
  11. 34m 50s
    1. Exploring content categories
      7m 45s
    2. Exchanging content via RSS
      9m 47s
    3. Using input filters
      7m 41s
    4. Managing comments
      9m 37s
  12. 38m 5s
    1. Configuring your theme
      11m 27s
    2. Changing your theme's graphics
      4m 59s
    3. Finding and installing a new theme
      8m 56s
    4. Understanding Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
      5m 56s
    5. Deciphering CSS files
      6m 47s
  13. 22m 41s
    1. Finding modules
      6m 53s
    2. Unpacking and installing modules
      6m 30s
    3. Configuring modules
      3m 50s
    4. Implementing complex modules
      5m 28s
  14. 32m 12s
    1. Ensuring automated updates with poormanscron
      3m 11s
    2. Defining custom content types with CCK
      12m 54s
    3. Stopping spam using a CAPTCHA
      10m 43s
    4. Using a WYSIWYG text editor
      5m 24s
  15. 22m 18s
    1. Getting around with multilevel menus
      7m 26s
    2. Building custom menus
      5m 42s
    3. Creating easy-to-navigate books
      9m 10s
  16. 20m 19s
    1. Changing page templates with PHP
      8m 15s
    2. Using PHP in content
      5m 20s
    3. Implementing PHP snippets
      6m 44s
  17. 10m 15s
    1. Launching your site
      5m 52s
    2. Joining the Drupal community
      4m 23s
  18. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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