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How do you handle explaining to clients how the username & email logins work in Cloudron?

  • @will Ah that's an interesting workflow. According to the Cloudron developers though, if I understand correctly, we should be using our full emails to login with, not usernames. Nebulon wrote "While some combinations currently work due to app specific quirks, the general flow should be to always user email+password for a user."

    Since I'm managing over a dozen clients freelance, I think I need to stick with the "official" recommendations whenever possible just to avoid possible future issues / breaks to the workflow in the future. Although maybe this is a safe one to go a different route on. Interesting observations - until this thread I had no idea some users are logging in with their usernames for webmail. I can't even do that, but I guess that's because of the domain setup for it, perhaps.

  • If usernames could be edited, I guess you could set them all to be their email address as well? 🤷

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    @d19dotca Please note that login with email address is for web mail clients like rainloop/roundcube. Most non email client apps are using the username!
    We are aware of the potential confusion, but unless upstream apps can agree on one way or the other is is hard to make that uniform.

  • @nebulon Ah, interesting. So because of how the Cloudron documentation is, I've used full email address for even desktop and mobile clients. Are you saying that we should be using usernames for that instead of email address for desktop clients as a best practice?

  • @scooke Ah yes, I heavily use groups already, basically one group per freelance client/business, and all users of that business are in that group. But this unfortunately is all back-end mechanics, it doesn't change the front-end for users at all.

    I probably wouldn't have this difficulty with having to explain (and repeatedly) how users/accounts related to mailboxes and such if my clients all used other apps too like signing into their Wordpress site because then they'd be actively using their user account itself and likely then understand better how it relates to their mailboxes, but many of them only use webmail because they only have a website and email and never need (nor care) to login to the website side of things. I think that's why it seems I'm one of surprisingly few people who seem to have experience this difficulty with clients with trying to get them to grasp how user accounts relate to mailboxes when they have so many mailboxes each.

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    @d19dotca To clarify, email webapps or desktop apps should use the email address.

    For other apps on Cloudron, one should use the username if that is supported by the app.

  • @d19dotca You could present this as the way of the future then! Rather than it coming across as a new hassle to their established workflow (not saying that is what you are communicating), you could tell them this is the future, now, this is how things get done, that they are privileged to be using Cloudron, and since this is how Cloudron works, then they have a wonderful chance to broaden their minds and processes!

  • @nebulon ah okay, so yes that’s how everything is being done already then.

  • @scooke I don’t think that’s the issue, lol, but I appreciate the sentiment. No clients are complaining or frustrated or anything like that, so I don’t need to sell them on any platforms or ideas.

    I only find myself having to repeatedly explain to them how the relationships work whenever they request a password reset for example because they forget that that same account affects other mailboxes too and that changes what they want once they remember that. So I was trying to find a way to better communicate how the relationships work so they better understand going forward, figured there must be a sort of comparison with more normal-life areas or something I could use to resemble how it works in Cloudron, but can’t figure one out yet.

    Assumed others have experienced similar issues but it doesn’t seem like others really have, so it may just be a unique issue with the type of clients I have and their specific use-cases which centres around webmail only and a rotating list of employees, role changes, etc.

    COVID-19 has made me more aware of their challenges because they are hiring like crazy to get through all the COVID-19 testing for the government and such as their use of webmail, onboarding new employees, needing password resets (I’ve explained how they can do this themselves but this again is confusing to them when they don’t remember how the username works (or heck what their username even is since they never have to use it) and how it impacts their existing mailboxes), and much more has all skyrocketed for the medical clinics I offer my services to.

  • I appreciate everyone trying to help 🙂 Seems this may be something I need to figure out myself given the seemingly unique circumstances I’m running into. But if I find a good way to do this I’ll be sure to update this thread for others who may run into the same circumstances in the future.

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