Implement an ASP.NET SQL membership provider

In the Sitefinity CMS security space, all user and role management is handled through the ASP.NET Membership APIs. Sitefinity's backend uses its own custom membership and role providers, which utilize OpenAccess ORM to persist the users and roles into the Sitefinity CMS database.

Create the Membership database needed by SqlMembershipProvider

If you are moving an existing solution, you've probably already performed this step. For the purposes of this sample, you are going to use the database from a Sitefinity CMS project made with the Project Manager and create the tables needed by the SqlMembershipProvider to store data. The most convenient step to do this is to use the aspnet_regsql.exe tool that ASP.NET provides for us. If you run it, it opens a wizard that guides us through the process:

This wizard is used by ASP.NET to either create the needed tables needed by the provider, or remove them if they are no longer necessary. You need to select the former option in the second step. 

The only information that the wizard needs is a connection string to the database it is going to work with. If you provide a name of a non-existing database, the wizard will create it for you. In this case you are using the same database that you have in one of your projects in Project Manager.

Following the steps you will be prompted to confirm the settings in the previous step:

When you complete these steps, the database will be ready for use by the SqlMembershipProvider.

 Now you can proceed with registering the provider with Sitefinity.

Register the provider in Sitefinity CMS

These steps are done exactly like you would do them in a regular ASP.NET application. You need to include elements in the web.config file indicating the role and membership providers you are going to use. Also, you  need to provide the connection string to the database you created in the previous step. Here are the new sections are added to the web.config file:

Create a new user

Once you have created the membership database and registered the provider in Sitefinity CMS, you can create a new user directly in Sitefinity CMS.

  1. In Sitefinity CMS, navigate to Administration » Users.
  2. In the Users page, click Create a user in the toolbar of the page.
    The Create a user page appears.
  3. At the bottom of the page, set the membership provider to AspNetSqlMembershipProvider.
    This dropdown box appears only if you have more than one created membership provider.
  4. Fill out the fields.
    The username, password, and email fields are always present and required.

    NOTE: The default Sitefinity CMS passwords must be at least 7 characters long and is recommended to contain at least one number and one special character, for example, admin@3. 
    Default password requirements can be configured in Advanced settings » Securty » Membership Providers » Default » Parameters.
    The password parameters of the AspNetSqlMembershipProvider are configured in the web.config file.

    Using profile types, you can configure all other fields, add or remove fields, or make them required or not.
    If the provider you have chosen has more than one profile types associated, they all appear on Crate a user page.

    NOTE: Some of the fields, such as first and last name, have been hidden from the Basic profile.

    You manage profile types by clicking Manage Profile types link in the Users by role section of the Users page..
    For more information, see Administration: User profiles.

  5. If the user you are creating is going to manage content or settings, select This user can access site backend checkbox.
  6. Select the roles you want to assign to the new user in the Roles checkboxes list.
    The checkbox list contains all roles that you have created together with the Administrators role, which is created by default.
    For more information, see Overview: Roles.

    NOTE: After you have assigned roles to the user, you can change them. For more information, see Administration: Modify users.

  7. Click one of the following:
    • Create this user
      The system creates the users and returns you to Users page.
    • Create and add another
      The system creates the user and displays a new Create a user page.

This sample demonstrates the scenario by using the ASP.NET SqlMembershipProvider. However, you can implement any membership provider and still use it with Sitefinity CMS.

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