Members are used for registering and authenticating external users of an Umbraco installation (ie. forum members, intranet users and so forth).

    This guide will explain how to define and create members in the backoffice. If you want to work with members using the service APIs, links can be found at the end of the document.

    There is a default Member Type that can be used to create members. You can customize this to fit your needs or create your own Member Type from scratch.

    Creating a Member

    Go to the Members section, right-click Members in the member tree, click Create and choose Member.

    Members have a number of mandatory properties. So aside from filling out the name, you will need to fill out Login, Email and the two Password fields in the Properties group before a member can be saved.

    There is also a number of default properties in the Membership group:

    • umbracoMemberComments
    • umbracoMemberFailedPasswordAttempts
    • umbracoMemberApproved
    • umbracoMemberLockedOut
    • umbracoMemberLastLockoutDate
    • umbracoMemberLastLogin
    • umbracoMemberLastPasswordChangeDate

    Once the Member is created and saved you can access it by expanding the Members tree and clicking All Members to get a list view. You can also view members of a specific type by selecting the member type in the Members tree.

    Creating a Member Type

    You can create your own Member Types and add properties and tabs as you would with Document Types.

    Go to the Settings section, right-click Member Types and select Create. You will now be taken to the Member Type editor that is used to define and edit the Member Type. Name the new Member Type and click Save.

    Member Type Editor

    You will see that the Membership group is added automatically to any Member Types you create. This group includes all the default Member Type properties listed above. The properties are locked, which means you cannot remove them, but you can still configure the settings for each property:

    Configure property settings

    It is possible to add more groups and more properties to each of the Member Types you create, as well as the default Member Type.

    Creating Member Groups

    Member Groups define roles for your members that can be used for role-based protection. A member can be in multiple groups.

    Creating a Member Group

    To create a new Member Group click the menu icon next to the Member Groups node in the Members section. Choose Create, name the group, and save the group.

    Assigning a Member Group

    To assign a member to a specific group find the member you wish to assign and find the Properties group. Here you can see which groups the member is already part of, as well as add the member to more groups or remove the member from already assigned groups:

    Assigning a Member Group

    Sensitive data

    You will have the option to mark member properties as sensitive. Sensitive properties on a members data will not be displayed to backoffice users unless they have appropriate permissions.

    More information can be found under security.


    As a developer you are able to leverage your website when you build on the Members section of Umbraco. Although the Members section is by default in the Umbraco backoffice, you will be able to implement some work on the front end of your website. Members come from a custom ASP.NET membership provider, while Member Groups come from a custom Role provider. Both are defined in the web.config. You can find out more about the services methods in the reference section of the documentation by following the links below.

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