Log In Page from Scratch (6 posts)

  1. intrigueduser
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hello all,

    I am new to wordpress and I just installed it. The way I view it at this point is that most of the customization is done by simply clicking buttons in the admin panel. That is fine. What I would like to add to it though, is a login page that almost serves like a separate function from everything else. So essentially I'm asking how risky it might be to create a hugely customizable "module" or "component" section to the installation. Here is the functionality I'm looking at:

    => User able to register as a client (a simply register option, like all DB-driven sites).
    => An added (top-level) menu item in my current menu list for a log in.
    => The ability to display content (per user via query) that can be uploaded by an administrator or the user themselves. The types of content that can be uploaded are videos (embedded youtubes, or others) and text.

    So my question is ... for something that seems as simple as this, can wordpress do this via the cute little backend CP that it provides? There's so much stuff floating around in there that I get lost because I have no use for most of it! And I've been developing software for more than 20 years. Most of what I see is not relevant to me because I simply develop and don't use technology at all outside of that. I don't even have a smartphone because I have no need for it. However, the users of the site do need at least a few of things available to them.

    But at any rate, would any of you experts here have suggestions for me on what I would like to add? Any comments would be greatly appreciated.


  2. Hello, most of what you want to do is not really WordPress related -- if you want it to be "separte from everything else." You can code all of your requirements into your theme.

    Most of WordPress custom development is not due in the dashboard. You will need to get into the files and edit the php, etc. It's best that you just get started and then ask specific questions.

  3. intrigueduser
    Posted 2 years ago #

    that's what I thought. so you do absolutely think that what I'm wanting to do MUST be done by editing the PHP files directly, is that correct? I just want to make sure that is what you're saying. I'm pretty sure I'm hearing you correctly.

    can you confirm? thanks.

  4. Yeah, probably. However, you could go search the plugin repository -- there might be a plugin that can help out (especially with the user registration). It's not really "editing the php files" but rather adding to include your intended functionality.

  5. intrigueduser
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I understand what you're saying. thanks so much Patrick. I know there are plug-ins to provide the "log in" and "registration" functionality. But just to bother you with another question, shouldn't that log in and registration stuff be included in the original installation? It should seem obvious to the developers, should it not?

  6. It's included at the most basic level at /wp-register.php -- You can further customize from there either by coding it yourself or using a plugin.

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