WEC 104: Backend Administration

This class shares how to do Backend Administration. You can go to the next tutorials by selecting the arrow(s), and choose to go to the tutorial of your choice through the dropdown menu. You can also download the Getting Started manual

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Manually Add a New Frontend User

In general, frontend users coming to your website can register by themselves using the built in registration process. However, sometimes the administrator may need to create new frontend users manually.

  1. Login to the TYPO3 backend before you can add frontend users. Frontend users are website visitors with accounts that enable them to login to your website to access features such as forums.
  2. Click List at the left.
  3. Scroll down and click on the Storage Folder name. This is the folder where the frontend user table is stored.
  4. The location where the frontend user information is stored is called "Website user" and there you can see the current list of frontend users. Notice that the people icons indicate user accounts that are enabled. The icons with a red "x" on them are hidden so a user could not login to the website using this account unless it is first unhidden. Click on the icon with the document and the plus sign in the green circle to begin adding a new frontend user.
  5. The frontend  user form has many fields. However, there are a lot of extra fields that you will probably not need; and it is fine to leave them empty.
  6. Add a username and password. Do not include spaces in these fields. In order to save the information, these two fields must be filled in.
  7. Under Groups, set the groups to the ones the user should be part of. Within the WEC Starter Package, Pending Confirmation indicates a person who has not completed registration. Registered Users is a group for people who are fully registered. Add groups for this user by clicking on the appropriate group at the right. The group will then appear in the selected list at the left and apply to this user. To delete from the selected list, click on a group at the left and click on the "x" icon.
  8. It is very unlikely, but, for security reasons, you may want to restrict a user to logging in from just one domain. To do that you enter it here. When in question, leave this field blank.
  9. Enter the full name of the user in the Name field. This is used by features that print our the user's full name.
  10. For the Status field, select the user status if you would like to use it for internal records. It is not typically used on WEC installs other than as a reference.
  11. Optionally enter the user's street address in the Address field. It can be multiple lines.
  12. Optionally fill in the zipcode, city, state/province, and country. There are actually two country fields. The first can be used for an abbreviation (like USA) and the second field can be used to spell out the full name (like United States of America). But you do not need to fill in the second field.
  13. You can typically leave the Language field set to the default. This can be set to identify the user's desired language (two letter code) for multi-language websites. 
  14. Scroll down and optionally enter into the phone and fax fields.
  15. It is important to fill in the Email field and to fill it in accurately because it is likely that users will want to receive e-mail from any number of features on your website.
  16. The "Receive news on any of these subjects?" field contains categories for mass e-mails to users. If you are using these features, you can update them as needed.
  17. The "Receive emails in HTML format?" field supports email features and sets whether or not the user receives e-mails in HTML or plain text format.
  18. Optionally fill in the www field as a reference to show a website the user is affiliated with.
  19. In the Comments field, fill in any comments about the user. These are not usually shown elsewhere other than the backend.
  20. The Was Invited Field it related to people who invite others to become frontend users. It is not typically used in WEC installations.
  21. In the Image field, one image can be uploaded that will appear on the website in places like forums posts to help identify the user. A graphics file on your local hard drive can be uploaded by clicking the Browse button and following the process. Remove images by clicking on the filename and then clicking on the "x" icon.
  22. The TSconfig field is for advanced user settings and can typically be skipped.
  23. The AIM Screen Name, Yahoo Screen Name, MSN Screen Name, Custom IM Accounts, Is a member of this church, and Attends this church fields are all optional information.
  24. Checking the Disable field will totally disable the user account without deleting it.
  25. Setting the optional start and stop date will cause the account to be enabled after the start date and automatically disabled on the stop date. Leave the start date empty to start immediately. Leave both fields empty to set no stop dates. For frontend users these fields are seldom used.
  26. If your backend is not displaying the extra field information then you can check the Show field descriptions option.
  27. When you are done, click on the Save and Exit icon to save the changes you have made.
  28. Now, you can modify other frontend users if you choose.