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Single Sign On/Web Authentication

Posted: April 27, 2014 at 5:20 am

Sean Faulkner

April 27, 2014 at 5:20 am

Hi there:

I work for an Athletics department of a University and we have just started using EE 3.1.36P on WordPress 3.8. We are making use of the calendar, custom template display, ticketing, multi event registration, seating chart, social media, volume discounts and JSON API add-ons.

What we are looking to do is be able to authenticate our eligible student base against most (but not all) events, as they are entitled to 1 free ticket/event. From our side, our IT department can group the eligible students to be authenticated against, but I would like to know:

1) Eligible students only get 1 free ticket/event (but could ideally buy more if wanted)

2) My IT department has stated that the preferred method to implement SSO is creating a policy based on directory structure – i.e have a checkout/registration page which is for students only ( Once authenticated, they’d process their ticket transaction, and then get routed back to somewhere on the site – is this possible? My understanding is that once authenticated, HTTP headers get passed around with various variables being populated

3) Is using the membership add-on the only way to make this happen? I’m a little hesitant to give thousands of students “backend” access to WordPress

4) Is EE4 going to support all of the mentioned add-ons anytime soon? Will it have any kind of native SSO/WAM support? What is its timeline for having all of the aforementioned add-ons?



April 28, 2014 at 1:03 am

Hi James,

1) One way would be to use the Social Coupons addon, to provide a one use 100% discount coupon code. There is no built in auto creation/allocation system, so you may need something custom unless you want to handle it manually.

2) This is not possible by default. I can’t even see a way for it to be custom designed due to the structure of the plugin (though better minds than mine may be able to make it happen).

3) Having the student as a user would certainly make things a little easier in terms of member only events and prices. It isn’t necessary for event registration though. The members plugin does not require backend access, so you could easily redirect the users away from the admin area based on role (e.g. all subscribers). There are plenty of code snippets on the web that can help you achieve this.

a) We will be releasing EE4 related add ons as soon as they are ready.
b) Only if/when we create the WP User Integration add on for EE4.
c) I’m sorry I cannot provide timescales.

Sean Faulkner

May 8, 2014 at 8:40 am


Thanks – could you please provide some more assistance with #3? Is anyone else doing this?


Lorenzo Orlando Caum

  • Support Staff

May 8, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Please see this plugin:

You can setup redirects based on user roles.


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