Account: Portals
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You can customize the login screen to SmarterU by adding one or more portals to your account.

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In addition to customizing the appearance of the login screen, you can specify a keyword that enables your users to access your SmarterU portal securely using https://<yourkeyword>.smarteru.com. If you would like to force a secure login, then please contact support@smarteru.com to enable the force SSL option.

These settings are located in the Portal accordion of the Account Profile workscreen.

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Adding a Portal

To add a new portal:

  1. Click Portal.

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The workscreen to add a new portal displays.

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  1. Specify the portal's settings.
  2. Click Save.

Settings

Default Portal

If checked, this will be the default portal for your account. A default portal must be set. If a user's language cannot be determined, the default portal will be used. The default portal will appear in the standard footer of emails.

Display Language Selector on Portal Pages

If checked, the language selection list that enables users to select their language displays. This allows you to provide a certain level of multi-lingual functionality without having to create a different portal for each language. 

Default Language

Select the language that will be used for the portal by default. If the Display Language Selector on Portal Pages setting is checked, users will be able to change the language of the portal.

CNAME

All portals must be accessed over a secure (HTTPS) connection. This is available to all accounts at no extra charge by using your specified <keyword>.smarteru.com.

If you wish to use a custom CNAME, you must purchase the SSL certificate for your domain. For security reasons, SmarterU cannot do this on your behalf. For details on creating a custom SSL certificate, refer to the Customizing Your SSL Certificate page. 

SmarterU can host the certificate for a fee; contact support@smarteru.com for details. 

When deciding on a URL, or CNAME, you have two options:

  • A subdomain of your current domain (i.e., training.mycompany.com or learn.mycompany.com). This option is free to set up within your current DNS account.
  • A new domain (i.e., www.mynewtrainingsite.com). This new domain would have to be purchased from your DNS provider.

Once you've selected an option, someone from your IT staff will need to set it up for you. Please send the appropriate set of instructions below to your IT staff, substituting the text in <angle brackets> with the appropriate information. 

If you chose a subdomain:

Dear <IT Person>,

Please set up a CNAME record in our <mycompany.com> DNS account. This will point the new subdomain to our new SmarterU.com training account’s login page.

  • CNAME (or Alias): <subdomain> (as in <subdomain>.<mycompany.com>)
  • Points to: elearning-academy.net

If you have any questions, please contact SmarterU Support at support@smarteru.com.

Thanks!

 If you chose a new domain:

Dear <IT Person>,

We have purchased a new domain address to use with our new SmarterU.com training account’s login page. Please set up a Web Forward and a CNAME record to get this to work correctly.

Web Forward:

  • Please forward <mynewtrainingsite.com> to www (as in www.mynewtrainingsite.com)

CNAME:

  • CNAME (or Alias): www (as in www.mynewtrainingsite.com)
  • Points to: elearning-academy.net

If you have any questions, please contact SmarterU Support at support@smarteru.com.

Thanks!

Once this setup is complete, replace your chosen subdomain or new domain into the CNAME field.

Keyword

The keyword is required and allows you to access your portal. It allows you to simulate a portal login when you are unable to set a DNS CNAME. For example, if you enter "bni" as your keyword, then your private login URL would be https://bni.smarteru.com.

Logo

The logo displays at the top of the portal's login box. 

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To upload a logo for the portal:

  1. Click Upload Logo.
  2. Navigate to the location of your file. Acceptable file formats are GIF, JPG, and PNG.
  3. Open.

Background Image

The background image displays on the portal's login page. For example, the following shows the selected background image for a portal.

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Here's how the background image looks on the portal's login page.

To use one of the provided background images, select the image.

To upload a custom background image, select Custom Background and click Upload Background. Acceptable file formats are GIF, JPG, and PNG.

Custom Background Options

This setting is only applicable if the Background Image setting is Custom Background. Select how you would like the image displayed:

  • Center - The image is centered in the background.
  • Stretch - The image is stretched across the background. 
Since the Stretch option is designed to fit any screen size, some images may be cut off. If you want a specific image to display on the login screen without any part of it begin cut off, you should consider selecting the Center option instead. 

Theme

Select the theme you would like to use for the portal.

Login Box Location

Select where you would like the login box to display. 

The selected location for the login box affects the position of the Side Text.

Customize Login Text

If you would like to customize the Login field's label, enter the text.

Customize Password Text

If you would like to customize the Password field's label, enter the text.

Customize Password Reset Text

If you would like to customize the Password Reset field's label, enter the text.

Side Text

Enter any text you would like to include on the login page.

The side text displays opposite of the login box. For example, if the Login Box Location is set to Right, the side text displays to the left of the login box. If the Login Box Location is set to Center, the side text displays below the login box.

Require Cookie Consent

If checked, users will be asked to accept cookies prior to logging in. 

This setting is disabled by default. 

Cookie Consent Message

This setting is only applicable if the Require Cookie Consent setting is enabled. If you would like to customize the message displayed when a user is prompted to accept SmarterU's cookies, enter the text. 

Decline Consent Message

This setting is only applicable if the Require Cookie Consent setting is enabled. If you would like to customize the message displayed when a user declines SmarterU's cookies, enter the text. 



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