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Old February 27th, 2007, 09:32 AM
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I have Dreamweaver 2004 MX, i am creating a website with login and dynamic redirects etc.

Should i use the DW tools to tie the site to the database with the login details and then allow it to implement the code for authentication or would i be wise to use different code?

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Old February 27th, 2007, 01:11 PM
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Depends on what you want afterwards with the code and the site.

DW authentication is pretty easy to implement with its point and click interface.

However, the code it creates can be difficult to maintain manually later so you'll need to take that into account as well.

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basically i have a login page with a dynamic redirect to a 3 frames page.

the main frame is a link to an external site holding content so i want to implement authentication on the parent of the 3 frames so that people cant just type in the parent url and view the content on the external site.

If i have used IIS to setup a web server and have configured it all in DW, created the login page with the links to the db for the checking, if i then created a restricted access page do i have to change any settings or will it know to check the db i have referenced for the login page?

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I don't know... ;) I read your post three times, but I am unclear how this looks like in the your setup, so I don't know what to recommend.....

Can you explain this in more detail? If you're using ASP, then DW uses the Session for authentication. Maybe that helps you in answering your own question?

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ok, i have set up the test web server, connection to database and made the login page. if i create a new page and want to restrict access, does DW know to link it to the login page so it knows when someone has logged in already so they arent asked to login again? do i have to modify, in any way, the authentication code created?

 
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Imar i think he is asking if DW has the capability to write forms authentication code through his site and have the login be persisted. (I think he is looking for functionality similar to that of Forms Authentication in .NET)

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in a way

DW creates automatically authentication code and i want to know if it references my batabase etc or if i have to set that up and also how functional it is

 
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DW comes with two behaviors for authentication:

1. The Login behavior. You use this on the Login page. It writes code to access your (own) database, validates a user and optionally gets Role information for the user that is stored in a Session field.

2. The restrict Access to Page behavior. You need to add this behavior to EVERY page you want to protect. The behavior adds code that checks the user's session, optionally checks the required role for the current page, and redirects to a (user defined) Login page when the current visitor doesn't have the necessary permissions.

All in all, it provides decent authentication functionality for simple sites. However, for anything larger, I usually write (or reuse) my own security mechanism. Also, some server side technologies, like ASP.NET 1.x and 2.0 offer built-in solutions for this....

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thanks for that information - i will look into both options and make a decision although this will be a big site so i will probably want to create my own code.

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