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test driving - have a few questions

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  1. Jake
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    15 Jul 2008
    22 Jul 2008
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    I've searched the forums over but didnt quite see what I was looking for.  If I'm reasking questions - sorry.

    I'm getting ready to build a community site that will have a combination of free content, content for sale and subscription access.  Besides the normal content stuff (SF seems to do that well), forums (again - good job), blogs (again - good).

    Overall I really like what I've seen (I've not cracked open the VS project yet) - just played with the web admin tools.  So the questions:

    1) How to I get a login button up? 

    2) How do I make the site behave like this one does?  I'm on a computer now that has never been here.  When I got to the forum area I could look around, but when I clicked "create new thread" I was asked to login (or register).  How can I set that up?

    3) Could I set it up so that when you go to the forums (or other designated areas) it asks you to login?

    4) Can I customize the registration page so that I can collect payment as part of the registration process?

    5) Can I just add aspx pages to the structure?  I need to be able to create
    sales landing pages as part of my ad campaigns. Would I be correct assuming I could just create a subdirectory and throw my pages there and it will just work?

  2. Joe
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    24 Jul 2008
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    Hi Jake,

    Thanks for contacting us. Please find my answers below:

    1) How to I get a login button up? 
    I believe you are asking how to add a login screen to your website. If you log in to Sitefinity, click on the pages tab and create a new page, you will see a toolbox on the right. Click on Login and select the login control. This is the same control from Visual Studio, but we wrapped it inside a user control and exposed all of its properties. More information on restricting user access on pages can be found in the Permissions section of our User Manual.

    2) How do I make the site behave like this one does?  I'm on a computer now that has never been here.  When I got to the forum area I could look around, but when I clicked "create new thread" I was asked to login (or register).  How can I set that up?
    To achieve the desired functionality, follow these steps:

    1. Make a page and add a forum control to it
    2. Create a page and place a login and a login status control in it
    3. Click on edit in the login control and make the destinationURL property point to the forum page
    4. Go back to the forum page
    5. Edit the Login page property and point to your login page
    6. On the top of the Sitefinity admin, click on Modules > Forums
    7. Make a new forum and a new thread
    8. When asked to allow anonymous authors, click deny
    For more information on our Forums module, please read the following topics in the Developer Manual:
    3) Could I set it up so that when you go to the forums (or other designated areas) it asks you to login?
    The answer to the first and second questions will accomplish this. You'll need to deny anonymous access to a page and set role based permissions.

    4) Can I customize the registration page so that I can collect payment as part of the registration process?
    You can create a registration page and place a Create User Wizard control on it from the toolbox under Login. Our CMS uses the Create a User Wizard control from Visual Studio, so you could make customizations to that control. The location of the file is ~/Sitefinity/Admin/UserControls/CreateUserWizardControl.ascx

    5) Can I just add aspx pages to the structure?  I need to be able to create
    sales landing pages as part of my ad campaigns. Would I be correct assuming I could just create a subdirectory and throw my pages there and it will just work?

    Under the permissions tab of the page, click on Page Type > External page. This will create a page link in Sitefinity to your external page. You could also link to a subdirectory this way or create custom navigation to link to external pages.

    I hope that I have clearly answered all of your questions. Feel free to contact us if you need further assistance.

    All the best,
    Joe
    the Telerik team

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  3. Jake
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    24 Jul 2008
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    Thanks!

    I've had a bit more time to play around and figured out a few of the answers.  Your stuff helps a lot.   Looks like sf will do everything I need, but I'm going to build my prototype first before I get to excited.

    Nice bit of work you guys have done.
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