Remote Database Version User Management

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Remote Database Version User Management

Please read the Remote Database Overview section first, if you have not already done so, before reading this section.


Note: This version was previously called the Web Network Version.


With the Remote Database Version, each user of the program should have their own login email address and password.


The first user that gets set up for a given database is always set up to be an Administrator, with full rights in the program.


Each user will have one of the following permissions (also called Access Levels):


User Admin w/ Full Access (also called just "Administrator"): Can add, delete, and modify the permissions of other users, and use all features of the program.

Full: Can use all features of the program, but is not an Administrator.

Read Only: Can view data and reports etc., but not change any data, enter any type of transactions etc. The same as someone using the Read Only Password in other versions of the program.


In other versions of the program the access levels are managed by separate passwords (but without using login email addresses).


Administering all Users


Any user who is an Administrator for the current database they are logged into can use the menu option Maintenance ⇒ User Administration ⇒ Administer All Users to bring up the following window in which they can add users, delete users, change a user's permissions, reset passwords, or unlock locked-out users:




Any other user who is not an Administrator can open this window to view the information in it, but cannot make changes in it.


You cannot change an existing user's Email Address or Name in this window, only their Access Level. Each user can change their own information themselves (see the next section of this page to learn how).


You also cannot change things so that there are no Administrators (people with the Access Level "User Admin w/ Full Access"). You are allowed to have multiple Administrators.


When you add a user with New, and then successfully Save them, the system will email them information about their login, including an initial password for them to use, if this is the first Software4Nonprofits Remote Database Version database (for either DONATION or ACCOUNTS) they have been added to. Please be sure that their email address is correct before saving, or they will not receive that email! You may want to also inform them separately to watch for that email, and check their Junk Mail or SPAM folder if they don't see it immediately.


Those other users of course have to download and install the Remote Database Version from the DOWNLOAD page on the website, if they do not yet have it installed, before they can log in with the information that was emailed to them.


For technical reasons, once you add a new user and save them, they cannot be edited further in this window. If you have made a mistake in their Email Address or Name, just use the Delete button on their row to delete them, then add them again with the New button.


The Reset Password button on each row can be used to assign a new random password to the user login on that row, if that person has forgotten their password. If they are locked out (after three incorrect login attempts) Reset Password also unlocks them. You cannot use this button to reset your own password that you logged into the program with - use the window in the next section to choose your own new password instead.


The Unlock button is only visible on rows for users who have been locked out. Clicking it unlocks them, but does not reset their password.


Users given access to multiple databases in DONATION and/or ACCOUNTS can have different Access Levels in each one.


Managing your own Login


When you are first given a login to a Remote Database Version program, you are emailed an initial random password. You can continue to use that password, or you can change it.


You use the menu option Maintenance ⇒ User Administration ⇒ Edit Your Login to change your name, email address, or password. You must supply your current password to successfully make changes in this window. The window looks like this:




When this window first comes up, your current login email address and name are already displayed, and not editable. You have to fill in the Current Password field with your login password associated with your Current Email to be able to make changes. Any other fields you fill in are changes you are requesting to make when you click the Save button. As you can see, you have to enter a New Password twice for it to be accepted, and of course both entries must be identical.


Any new passwords you enter must be strong, as defined on the page about Passwords for Email and Internet Backups.


If you have logins with the same email address for both our ACCOUNTS and DONATION programs, any information you change in this window will be changed for both programs' logins.


See Also: Remote Database Version Overview


This topic was last edited on Mar 24, 2021