Integration with ASP.NET Membership Providers
Our software uses Forms Authentication, so it is very easy to achieve Single-Sign-On
between your site and the forum.
There are 3 possible scenarios for user integration through the standard ASP.NET Membership Provider model
- You have an existing membership database & a working membership provider
- You have an existing membership database but you don't have a membership provider.
- You wish to use the forum's database for managing members for your web site.
Our software has built-in support for external (your own) ASP.NET Membership Provider. All you have to do is configure the APG vNext's web.config to connect with your membership provider. Scenario 1: You already have your own membership database + membership provider, and wish to integrate it with APG vNext. With this option, you don't have to manually import existing users into APG vNext's database
. APG vNext's built-in support for membership provider takes care of importing and authenticating through your membership provider automatically without you having to modify your existing code.
This is the most seamless way to integrate APG vNext with your own user database. Your users can change passwords and emails through APG vNext too.
If you're already using the SqlMembershipProvider
provided by ASP.NET, you can plug it right into our software without any code change. Simply configure APG vNext's config files as follows:
- Put your membership provider information into APG vNext's web.config file (both the membership);
- In APG vNext's ~/config/sqlconnections.config file, add the connectionString for your membership provider;
- In APG vNext's ~/config/appSettings.config file, set the EnableMembershipIntegration key under appSettings to true;
Once it's set up correctly, refer to this SSO guide
: if your own membership provider doesn't store the user name in the forms authentication cookie (e.g. storing email instead), you will need an alternative method for SSO. See this custom forms authentication technique
Our software supports multiple membership providers. This means if your users come from more than one membership providers, you can add them all into web.config and the software will be able to authenticate all your users.
In this case, you need an alternative method to synchronize users between your own membership store and APG vNext membership table. Scenario 2: You already have a membership database, but you don't have a membership provider built.
As you'll see under Scenario 3 (the next section), we have our own membership provider built for APG vNext's database
. You can use our membership provider in your own registration page to import users into APG vNext's membership db.
For example, with our membership provider installed, you can use the standard provider method, Membership.CreateUser()
, in your registration routine to insert new users directly into our forum db, OR you can call this method in a loop to import
all existing users into APG vNext.
You can also call the MembershipUser.ChangePassword()
method on your password changing form to submit the new password to our forum database (this may not be necessary because you can use Forms Authentication cookie to achieve single sign on
). Please refer to the scenario 3 below
for more info on our own membership provider. Alternatively
, you can import users to APG vNext using the Fast Member Import
feature available in the Admin control panel. You just supply a list of users (name, email, password) and the software will batch import users for you.
In this case, you can use the Scenario 3: You don't have a membership database yet and wish to use APG vNext's database for managing membership for your entire site.JSON Membership / Role Provider
we provide with the software. In other words, you can
- Build a login page on your site so that when a user is logged in, he is logged into the forum as well - achieving Single Sign On
- Build a registration page for your site and store users in vNext's database.
- In addition, you can
- Delete users from your site
- Allows Users to change / reset password
- Update Users' Email
- Approve users / Unlock (un-ban) users
- Build member list
- Look for users using email / login with wildcard character (%) support
- Get number of online users
A sample application is provided to show you the above functions, so you won't have any issue using this provider. This JSON based membership provider doesn't have any dependency on vNext's code
, making it very easy to install on your site.
NOTE: this JSON membership provider doesn't support Password Retrieval
and Password Q & A because vNext doesn't provide such functionalities
. In addition, passwords are stored in salted-hash format only.
To use our JSON based membership provider, you do not have to set EnableMembershipIntegration in ~/config/appSettings.config to true.
This setting is only necessary when you want APG vNext to talk to an external membership provider (e.g. the standard SQLMembershipProvider as in Scenario 1 above). Under Scenario 3, APG vNext does not talk to any external membership provider. So, no extra configuration is needed in APG vNext's own web.config file under this scenario.
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