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You must login after registration and after being logged out of a previous visit. You have the choice of the normal login screen, and the quick login options.
 
You must login after registration and after being logged out of a previous visit. You have the choice of the normal login screen, and the quick login options.
  
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[[Image:login_form.jpg|thumb|400px]]
 
===The login screen===
 
===The login screen===
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This is the screen you see when you use the "Login" option of the main menu. It is also the first thing you will see in any 'members only' forum.
  
Since this screen (accessed from the ''Login'' option of the main menu) is not only where you will normally be taken when you are finished with registration, but it is also the first thing you will see in any 'members only' forum.
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*'''Username''' - The member's username
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*'''Password''' - The member's password
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*'''OpenID''' - The member's OpenID
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*'''Minutes to stay logged in''' - The number of minutes the browser cookie will last before expiring
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*'''Always stay logged in''' - Keeps the browser cookie from expiring
  
The ''Username'' and ''Password'' fields should be self-explanatory after reading the [[registering|registration]] documentation. ''Minutes to stay logged in'' simply means the number of minutes the login cookie will last before expiring and requiring you to log in again. It is not recommended to enter a long time here if the computer is shared, but you might prefer to select ''Always stay logged in'' if no-one else has access to your computer.
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When using a shared computer, a member probably should not stay logged in for a long time or check the Always stay logged in option, unless they remember to log out when finished. Leaving an account logged in on a shared computer makes it vulnerable to use by someone other than the member.
  
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[[Image:quick_login.jpg|thumb|400px]]
 
===The quick login===
 
===The quick login===
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An SMF forum may be configured to allow login from any page. This is called quick login. In the default theme it is located in the top, left corner of each page. Other themes may place it in different locations. If quick login is disabled or cannot be seen, the login screen can stil be accessed from the main menu.
  
Although many forums also have a quick login box, its position on the page may vary considerably from forum to forum. In the SMF default theme, it is in the collapsible section at the top, whereas it is more likely to be at the bottom in themes based on the older YaBB SE software. If it isn't visible and it has not been collapsed, it is not enabled at all or you are already logged in.
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The session length drop-down menu corresponds to the Minutes to stay logged in option from the login screen. Similarly, selecting Forever in this drop-down menu is the same as checking the Always stay logged in option on the login screen.
  
To use the quick login box, you should enter their username and password, select your session length from the drop-down menu, and click ''Login''. ''Forever'', like ''Always stay logged in'', simply means that the computer should remember the you until they next choose to log out, and not that you will be online all of that time.
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[[Image:authentication_reminder.jpg|thumb|400px]]
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[[Image:authentication_reminder2.jpg|thumb|400px]]
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===Password reminder===
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If a password is forgotten or lost, it can be reset by selecting the Forgot your password? option from the login screen. The username or email address for the account is requested to begin the password reset process.
  
<div style="float:right;">[[Image:login_03.gif|left]]</div>
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If the member has not set a secret question, an email containing a password reset link is automatically sent to the member's email address. Selecting the link allows the member to choose a new password. If a secret question has been set, they will be given the option of receiving the email or answering their question.
===Password reminder===
 
If you're trying to login to the forum but have forgetten or lost your password, you can retrieve it with the lost password tool by following the ''Forgot your password?'' link from the login screen.
 
  
You can enter either your username or your email address so long as you check the appropriate option, then click the Send button to send yourself an email containing a link to reset your password. It's also possible to avoid the email altogether if you set yourself a secret question and answer in your profile, but please beware of questions that anyone could answer or guess (like "what is the first color of the rainbow?", which would be a very bad choice)!<br clear="both" />
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After answering their secret question correctly, a member may choose a new password. The password takes effect and can be used to login immediately.
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===Logging out===
 
===Logging out===

Revision as of 13:08, 16 February 2011

Once you have completed the registration process, you will be able to login to the site for the first time. After that, you will be able to choose whether to stay logged in forever or log out at the end of your visit.

Log In

You must login after registration and after being logged out of a previous visit. You have the choice of the normal login screen, and the quick login options.

Login form.jpg

The login screen

This is the screen you see when you use the "Login" option of the main menu. It is also the first thing you will see in any 'members only' forum.

  • Username - The member's username
  • Password - The member's password
  • OpenID - The member's OpenID
  • Minutes to stay logged in - The number of minutes the browser cookie will last before expiring
  • Always stay logged in - Keeps the browser cookie from expiring

When using a shared computer, a member probably should not stay logged in for a long time or check the Always stay logged in option, unless they remember to log out when finished. Leaving an account logged in on a shared computer makes it vulnerable to use by someone other than the member.

Quick login.jpg

The quick login

An SMF forum may be configured to allow login from any page. This is called quick login. In the default theme it is located in the top, left corner of each page. Other themes may place it in different locations. If quick login is disabled or cannot be seen, the login screen can stil be accessed from the main menu.

The session length drop-down menu corresponds to the Minutes to stay logged in option from the login screen. Similarly, selecting Forever in this drop-down menu is the same as checking the Always stay logged in option on the login screen.

Authentication reminder.jpg
Authentication reminder2.jpg

Password reminder

If a password is forgotten or lost, it can be reset by selecting the Forgot your password? option from the login screen. The username or email address for the account is requested to begin the password reset process.

If the member has not set a secret question, an email containing a password reset link is automatically sent to the member's email address. Selecting the link allows the member to choose a new password. If a secret question has been set, they will be given the option of receiving the email or answering their question.

After answering their secret question correctly, a member may choose a new password. The password takes effect and can be used to login immediately.

Logging out

When you have finished browsing the forum, you may decide to logout. Perhaps you share a workstation with someone else, in which case leaving yourself logged in would not be a good idea. So select the Logout option from the Main Menu and the Forum should log you out, turning you into an instant guest, clearing your name from the list of users online and safeguarding your Forum identity until you choose to login again.