If you are using internal Forms Authentication for your community (i.e., not integrating with another application that will handle authentication), you can easily create new users through the Control Panel Dashboard. Be sure to configure your membership rules (including username and password minimum and maximum length, acceptable characters, and new users' experience) prior to creating new users. For each user you create, we automatically:

Once created, you can modify the user's account:

To create a new user account:

  1. Navigate to Control Panel Dashboard > System Administration > Membership Administration > Members and Roles > Create New Account.

  2. Enter Sign-in name. Serves as the user's public alias and is required for signing into the site. Must follow username rules.
  3. Enter and re-enter Password. Required for signing into the site. Must follow password rules.
  4. Enter Email address. Used for notifications from the site and is not surfaced to any community members, other than those with access to the Control Panel to modify user accounts. The user has access to set a public email address that is displayed to other community members.
  5. Choose Timezone. Controls the time displayed throughout the site and ensures that community members spread across timezones see the content in appropriate date/time order. Set to the timezone default in basic site configuration.
  6. Click Create New Account. If the new user is created successfully, you see a confirmation message. If you have not fully specified any field or not followed the username and password requirements, a red asterisk is displayed next to any fields with problems and an error message is displayed at the bottom of the page.

Since you created the user account directly, it is automatically set to Approved and the user can immediately log into the site.