User Login - Creating a login is straight-forward
In many systems creating a full login and authentication system would be complex. In Contensis you can have permissions and a login system up-and-running in minutes.
This screenshot shows the standard login control with the simple theme applied
The Login Control
The login control can be added to any page, but typically you would create a page called "access-denied" and a page called "login".
Once this has been done simply add the control to the page and it is now configured.
The login control supports remembering login, and fully supports password change requests based upon password expiry, for example.
When remembering a password, the system stores a 3-Des encrypted cookie on the users browser.
This screenshot shows a typical sign-out link on the EUI website
Getting to a login
Typically users of a site will get to the login page because they have clicked on a link that requires authentication.
You may, however, want user to be able to login to a typical member's area, at any time whilst they are on the site.
If this is the case, we have a control that supports this called Login/Out link.
This control allows the user to quickly either logon or logout based upon their current login status.
This control is fully cache compliant and will work even if you have caching enabled on your site.
The example we look at here is from the European University Institute. At any point a user can login or out from the bar they have implemented into their templates.
Active Directory Integration
If you are using Internet Explorer, you can configure the site to automatically login from the credentials of your local Active Directory. In other words, your users don't even have to logon because they are already logged onto their computer.
In other browsers, or circumstances, such as accessing an extranet over the internet, this is not possible, as the user may be in an Internet Cafe, for example.
In this case the login functionality is fully supported using the Contensis standard login control, and the user will be able to authenticate using their Active Directory credentials.