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Contemporary Login Process



Hello -- hoping for some upfront guidance on how to create a login process that matches what many sites are using these days, like a news website.   The process and functionality is...


1) Visitor navigates to a Content Page that is visible to anyone, let's say a page of news headline links.


2) There is a Login Link on the top right of the page.


3) A Registered User can click on the Login Link and:

  a) They will be taken to a page or pop-up where they can log in.

  b) After logging in, they may see a customer welcome message or notice from the website.

  c) They can click a link to return to the Content Page.

  d) On the Content Page, instead of displaying a Login Link top right, it now has links for the user -- like Logout, Account, etc.

  d) They can click on news headlines and view the articles.


4) IF a visitor arrives at the Content Page and clicks on a news headline before they login:

   a) They will be redirected to a login page or pop-up, as described in #3 above

   b) However, after logging in, instead of being directed back to the Content Page, they will be directed to the news article they clicked on.


I know I could take care of #1-3 by duplicating the Content Page -- one version for a visitor who is not logged in, and another for a visitor who is logged in.  But that seems like a clumsy way to do it since I would need to keep two content pages identical and updated.   And that does not address #4, where someone clicks on a news headline, is redirected to a login page, and then expects to proceed to the news article rather than being redirected back to the Content Page and having to click on the desired content again.


Thank you.

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