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[resolved] Login takes user to the dashboard! (11 posts)

  1. mwrmwr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'm new to WP and was checking to see how user registration and login worked on my new site. I was surprised to find that login takes a user to the dashboard which would mean nothing to a normal site user. Is this the way it's supposed to work?

  2. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

  3. mwrmwr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks! I'll try that plugin when I have more time. It seems to provide a lot of functionality.

    I am curious why WP was designed to take logged-in users to the dashboard which would completely mystify normal users.

  4. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Why login then?

    Many blog owners think requiring login to comment discourages comments.

  5. mwrmwr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I would provide login for users who (1) opt to get additional content in return for providing their contact information, (2) are members of specific groups who get to access their-group-only content, (3) have content specific to them only (specific clients), etc. That's what user roles are all about.

  6. mwrmwr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I've installed Peter's Login Redirect and see that it uses roles, but I can't find any way to add roles to my WP site, nor have I found a plugin to add roles. is there a way to add user roles?

  7. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Don't know that you need to add roles, as WordPress already has roles. But I will point you to the Role Manager Plugin listed in the Resources section of Roles and Capabilities.

    I suggest backing up your database before adding new roles so you have a fall back position just in case. See WordPress Backups.

  8. mwrmwr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks for that link to the info on backups. I've found plugins Role Scoper and Register Plus which seem like just what I was looking for, and I'll definitely do a backup before I install them.

    Any words of wisdom regarding making sure the backup (and restore if required) work?

  9. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Take the .sql file from the database backup and open in a text editor--good sign file is intact.

  10. mwrmwr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    >Take the .sql file from the database backup and open in a text editor--good sign file is intact.<

    You mean that if the .sql file opens in a text editor (notepad or wordpad), then it is not corrupted? And it if is corrupted, it probably won't even open in a text editor?

  11. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    That's right.

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