Documentation | Members | Adding Members
You can add a new member manually by going to the members screen and clicking Add New.
The minimal fields you need are:
All other fields are optional.
Once you create a user, they won't have access to anything, so you need to give them access to a Subscription or a Role manually.
Inbuilt roles are:
You cannot alter these inbuilt roles, but you can create your own.
We recommend that everyone of your members/staff have one of these inbuilt roles, as it has sufficient access to do most things.
In some cases you may want to only give a staff members or contractors access to the website only, in this event create a new Role called Staff (Website Only) and then give that role access to the Webpage controller (which allows them to edit webpages), if you give them the role Staff, they will have access to most financial/member details. You can create other roles with limited access like this to other features. Remember to test your roles by impersonating users to see what they can access.
With a large number of members, it is far more efficient for members to register (join) and manage their own accounts and payments. We call this self serve and its automating the process to dramatically reduce the amount of administration required to manage members.
The best way to set this up is to use Subscriptions. Then provide a link to join via the subscription.
Before you add users manually, if you are going to use subscriptions you should consider setting up subscriptions first so it is easier for staff to create users manually too.
Subscriptions are a little complex as they have been designed to cater for most scenarios, such as annual memberships, monthly, pro-rata, lifetime etc. But the key benefit of a subscription is they come with the ability to add Roles to users. Why is this important? Automating adding roles means that users get access to what they need immediately, webpages (which an include user directories / resources / discussions and anything else you provide them using the website module) and document libraries (again anything you give them permission to see).
We recommend you view the Subscription documentation when you are ready to started.
There are some tools administrators have to bulk load users.
See the module Data Migration to bulk load users. This allows you to get your member data into the right format and bulk load member data and then bulk load subscriptions.
Address cleansing is not included in this process, so if you want to store users addresses please see us to add the addresses to the correct fields.
We find that this is a complex procedure and we offer this as a free once off service for new clients. When you are ready to load your members get in contact with firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide further details.
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