Restricted Access Concepts

 Identify Your Users
When a visitor registers as a user (through the shopping cart or one of the other components allowing the addition of users to the database), the Actinic system asks their Internet browser to store a piece of information.

The next time this user connects from the same computer, the odds are that the system will recognize them automatically.

This is especially convenient for the shopping cart because it avoids the customer having to enter their name, address, etc. every time they want to buy something. The only information that is not disclosed is their credit card number!

If the user is not recognized (they are browsing from another computer or they have cleared their browser's cache, etc.), and the system needs to know who the user is because the access to a component is restricted, the system will ask for the user's email and password.

If the user doesn't know their password, it will be automatically sent to their email address.
 Privilege Certain Users
Most sites give free access to all visitors.

However, in some situations, restricting access to certain parts of a site to specific user categories may be desired.
Let's assume, for example, that you are a furniture manufacturer.

You don't want to sell your furniture to the public on your website because you think that the costs for shipping the furniture are too high, or that people aren't ready to buy online, or that the competition that this could create with your local distributors would significantly disrupt your selling methods.

In short, it's just not worth it!

However, you are aware that the Web is a good tool for allowing your distributors to place orders (no online payment hassles, shipping is the same as when you receive an order by fax, etc.). You also know that visitors to your site would be delighted to see your products online, but you don't want to display your prices. Lastly, you want to provide an online list of your distributors and directions on how to find them.

  • The first thing you need to do is to introduce your products and services catalog, name, description, prices, and photos. Be as meticulous and detailed as possible.
  • The second thing to do is to give all visitors access to your products and services catalog, specifying in your catalog component that you don't want to display the prices. If desired, you can also ask your component to collect information requests that you will receive by email and that you can then pass on to your distributors. While collecting this information, you will build up a prospect base to which you can then send newsletters.
  • The third step is to enter all of your distributors into your user base (their email, as well as their name and physical address, which will be used by the "partners" component). Don't forget to assign a password to each of them and make sure they receive it.
  • The fourth step is to set up and publish the shopping cart system, restricting it by limiting its access to the user category entitled "Distributors".
  • The last thing to do is to describe all of your distributors in the "partners" component by using a navigation behavior pointing to the contact. By clicking on the name or logo of your distributors, the visitors will see their addresses and will have the possibility of displaying a road map with the itineraries on how to get to the distributor from their home.
 And for an association?
You may envision the same type of access restriction for a club or association.

You could reserve access to a certain part of your site for the members of your club (online registration).


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