Managing users with Acquia Commerce Manager

When using Acquia Commerce Manager, the commerce solution can be used both as a customer repository and as an authentication service. A local copy of the user is stored in Drupal, and after every update, the user's information is pushed to the commerce solution. Drupal will send emails to users based on user management issues; these are the only emails it will send.

Users that are authenticated can browse their list of orders. These orders are stored in the commerce solution and are retrieved on demand. Everything related to order management is done by the commerce solution, including sending emails about orders to users.

As a quick reference for creating users on your Drupal website, complete the following steps:

  1. Sign into your Drupal website as an administrator.
  2. Click People.
  3. Either click Add user to create a new user, or click Edit next to an existing user to change that user's information.
  4. Manage user roles and permissions by clicking the Permissions tab.
  5. To change the process by which users apply for accounts, click Configuration > Account settings.

For a more thorough description of the user creation and management process in your Drupal website, see Users, roles and permissions on drupal.org.

User authentication

User authentication is handled by several components of the Acquia Commerce Manager stack.

  • HMAC - Between Drupal and the Commerce Connector Service, and between the Commerce Connector Service and your commerce solution (such as Magento).
  • OAuth - The OAuth module handles the actual stream of authentication.
  • User accounts - These are handled in the following ways:
    • Accounts are handled in Drupal and your commerce solution, but the user only has contact with Drupal. Drupal then handles authentication with the commerce solution. (Preferred)
    • The account is verified directly against the commerce solution.

If your user has an account in Drupal and your commerce solution, the accounts will automatically be paired if they are using the same email address. If they are not using the same email address, the store manager can, for example, set the user's Magento ID to their Drupal user, which will also pair the accounts across both applications.

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