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I have experimented with member handling for a long time without getting it to work. I am really amazed how difficult this is in Umbraco!
Everyone needs basically the same member handling to: register, login, logout, change email/username, change password, reset forgotten password. To do that in Umbraco in my view takes too much effort. It should be possible to scaffold a basic setup that can then be adjusted!
The main problem though is that a lot of the functionality provided does NOT work! Can it be that a lot of this functionality has changed between versions and now is not consistent anymore? Should I use MemberService, MemberHelper, Members object, or maybe fallback to plain FormsAuthentication? Different examples tell my different things and so far I have not been able to setup a complete working flow.
1) To make MemberService.SavePassword to work you need to change a setting in web.config: allowManuallyChangingPassword="true". It took me a lot of Googling to find out and now the handling is less secure. I want to create a member with initial password without compromising security settings.
2) When I do a simple login with the method recommended (in the Umbraco.TV guides on membership that I tried to follow in detail) it just crashes with an obscure message. I run Members.Login and I can assure you that entered username and passwords are OK. This is my Exception:
System.FormatException: 'The input is not a valid Base-64 string as it contains a non-base 64 character, more than two padding characters, or an illegal character among the padding characters. '
I thought it might not be the Members.Login that was wrong so I tried to set the password through the backoffice section.
When I changed the password there it is now possible to login!
Does this mean that MemberService.SavePassword does not work?
I add the complete method that I just copied from the Umbraco.TV:
public class MemberController : SurfaceController
public ActionResult Register(RegisterAcademyModel model)
// Ensure member does not already exist
var memberService = Services.MemberService;
if(memberService.GetByEmail(model.Email) != null)
ModelState.AddModelError("", "A member with that email already exists.");
// Create member and login
var member = memberService.CreateMember(model.Email, model.Email, model.Name, "academyMember");
Hurray, it works! There is nothing like rubber ducking :)
Expressing my problem makes it suddenly much more clear. The whole issue was about the order in which I put the commands. SavePassword should be set AFTER calling Save for member.
I still think this was a bit confusing and had appreciated some more help:
1) Parts of the Umbraco.TV gave the impression this was the order to do it.
2) Members.Login gave a very strange message that I think could have been more helpful like "Sorry, this member has no password set".
3) MemberService.SavePassword could have given a warning "Sorry, you can not save a password before the member is saved".
4) I still think some nice scaffolding would be helpful :)
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