Topic: Customer Management
Last Updated On: June 12, 2006
Applies to: MC Storefront Software, versions 4.0+

Summary

This QuickGuide will show you the multiple benefits of using the Customer Log In feature within your MonsterCommerce store software. The Customer Log In feature allows for wholesale pricing, tax exemption, access to product pages to be regulated, and customers will also have access to their accounts (orders and personal profile). Store admins have the option to customize the Customer Log In page or to have it fit in the center content area of the site.


Enabling Customer Log In Page

To enable the Customer Log In feature, you will go to Settings >> Site Wide Settings >> Log In & My Account (tab).

Below is a list of the Settings that effect log in:

Customers Must Log In to Access Site

Set this option to Yes if you want the entrance page of your site to be the Log In page.

Customers can Register before Placing an Order

When set to Yes, a ‘Register’ button is visible on the Log In page. If this is set to No, the customer's account will be created during the checkout process.

Display Log In Page within Storefront Center Content Area

Set this option to Yes if you want the Log In page to fit into the center content area of the site. The top, left, bottom and right navigation will be visible.

If this is set to No, the Log In page will open in a window without the navigation areas visible.

Note: In order to add content to the Log In page, this MUST be set to No.


Displaying Log in Options?

There are numerous ways for you to add the log in feature to your site.

Links:

  • Display Log In Page within Storefront Center Content Area - YES
    • http://www.yourdomain.com/index.asp?PageAction=LOGIN
    • http://www.yourdomain.com/index.asp?PageAction=LOGOFF
  • Display Log In Page within Storefront Center Content Area - NO
    • http://www.yourdomain.com/login.asp?
    • http://www.yourdomain.com/index.asp?PageAction=LOGOFF

Custom HTML Draw Functions:

  • DRAWCUSTOMERWELCOME
    • Draws The word GUEST or the full name of the user logged in
    • Good for welcome messages in top of page editor
  • DRAWCUSTOMLOGIN
    • Draws a simple yet efficient login section
    • Great for quick logins for the left/right Custom HTML Sections!
  • DRAWCUSTOMLOGIN2
    • Similar to the DRAWCUSTOMLOGIN function, but can be used as a horizontal quick login

Note: Each View is internally set at 100% table width. This means you need to create a set size table or cell before calling the function.

Example:

<table width="100%" border="0">
     <tr>
          <td width="90%">
               test test
          </td>
          <td width="10%">
               <%DRAWCUSTOMLOGIN%>
          </td>
     </tr>
</table>

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