Creating a Private Farmer Defined Page

A Private Farmer Defined Page requires your customers to enter login information before they can view the page. This can be useful for presenting any information you want to keep away from the general public such as CSA newsletters, wholesale information, employee information, or board member materials.

To create a Private Farmer Defined Page, log in the the Control Panel and follow these steps:

  1. Create a new User Group. This group includes all the Users that are able to access your Private FDP. Log in to the Control Panel and navigate to:

       Administrate > Users > Manage Groups

    To create a new group, simply type in a title for the group that you would like to create in the "Group Name" field and click the Add group button. You can give more than one User Group access to your Private FDP, simply repeat steps 1 & 2 to create as many groups as you like. Note: The Users that are allowed access to the Private FDP may already be in your system as a User Group (For example, you may have already created a User Group of your board members because you use it as a mailing list to send them emails.) In this case, you will not need to create a new User group, so skip to step 3.

  2. Add Users. The Users that are allowed access to the Private FDP may already be in your system as individuals in different groups. You can add these existing Users to your Private FDP User Group by navigating to:

       Administrate > Users > Manage Users

    Clicking on the User's ID# will take you to their account settings. You can add them to the new Private FDP User Group by clicking the checkbox next to the group's name.

    If your users are not in your system yet, there are a few ways of going about adding them, including sending a spreadsheet to the Farmer Support Team ( so that we can add users for you. To learn how to add users, read the Creating User Groups & Adding Users article.

  3. Create your FDP. Add content to your Farmer Defined Page as normal by navigating to: Create Content > Farmer Defined Pages > New FDP. Save your page when you are finished.

  4. Restrict Access. When you are back on the main Farmer Defined Pages screen, find your new FDP and click the "Restrict Access" link on the right side of the table. The resulting screen will allow you to restrict access to this Farmer Defined Page. Below "Select the User Groups that can Access this Page" choose the group or groups who can view this page by checking the checkbox associated with the group(s) you created in step #1.

  5. Assign Passwords. Users will need a username and a password to enter your Private FDP. A User's username is always the email address associated with their User account. Passwords, in this case, are used to restrict access to only certain people, and not for security of information purposes, so most Users will not have passwords yet.
    There are a few ways to give passwords to your Users. Read the article Assigning User Passwords to learn more. When creating a Private FDP, you will most likely want to use the "Reset Passwords for a Group" tool. To set a password for your Private FDP User Group, navigate to:

       Administrate > Users > Reset Group Passwords

    Enter your password in the two text boxes at the top of the page. Your password should be at least 6 characters long. This will give all the users the same password, however they will be able to change their password if they wish. If you wish to assign individual passwords, simply leave the fields blank, and the system will generate a unique password for each User. Note: If a User already has a password, this action will change their existing password to the new one.

    Next, select the User Group that you wish to assign the password to. This should be the User Group(s) that you wish to give access to the Private FDP. Make sure that you check the box to send an email notification to your User Group. Use the Rich Text Editor to let your Users know that they now have access to a private page on your website. Their password information and a login link are formatted into the email as well. Don't forget to click the Reset Password button when you are finished!

  6. Complete! When the User visits the Private Farmer Defined Page, they will be greeted with a screen that asks them to login with their username and password, in order to access the site. See below:

       Figure 1. Private Farmer Defined Page Login Screen


  • Remember, you can give more than one User Group access to your Private Department. Create another User Group or use an existing one. Just make sure enable their access and provide them with passwords.

  • If a User forgets their password, they can use the "Forgot your password" link on the login page to securely reset their password to something new and memorable. This process verifies that the User owns the email address that is entered as a username by sending an email with a link to reset their password.

  • If you are creating multiple Private FDPs or simply want to streamline the login process for your Users, direct them to login at: (replace with your website's domain name, for example: When the User logs in, they will see a list of all private pages that they have access to based on their group membership. See below:

       Figure 2. A Logged In User with Private Page Listed

This login link is included in the notification email that you sent when assigning passwords. Your users can then easily navigate to the private pages that they have access to by clicking on the link.

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