June 2015

Offering 'members only' services is often a very popular option, although few people appreciate that it can add a large amount of difficulty to maintaining a website.  However, sometimes the need is unavoidable, as with the London Self-Directed Support Forum, a professional network that required both a public presence and services for members.

Fortunately, we had a solution ready, a simplified user management system, which allowed selected website maintainers to add new members to the website with a very simple form, with an easy way to create content visible only to those new members. 

The solution is based on Drupal access and roles, but while the default interface can be confusing, our customisations screen out the unnecessary detail.  The website maintainer simple adds a username and an email address, and the system sends an invitation to join the site.  The first time a new user logs in, she or he...