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Setup user accounts

Understanding the different user profiles

Now that your instance is up and running, you need to setup accounts for your users. It is important to note that Hub20 deals with two types of user personas:

  • Hub Users are just accessing and interacting with the Hub as if it is a standard web application. They have access only about their own profile, see the balances of different tokens that are available to them, setup payment gateway stores and make/receive token transfers. No specific knowledge about how ethereum or different layer-2 methods work, don't necessarily know about the underlying costs of making transfers and might be even that they never used web3 dapp browsers before.

  • Hub Operators are the ones responsible in managing the instance and can "check under the hood" of all the underlying machinery. A hub operator will have full access to system's database, can see information about other users, can make smart contracts calls directly and even change the records about value bookkeeping. The Operator is expected to know in deep detail about how ethereum works, should be able to understand how ethereum works and how the different layer-2 integrations work.

Needless to say, Users are assumed to trust the Operator and be fully aware that they do not have direct control over any funds deposited into the hub.

Creating the Operator Account

You can only create an operator account if you have direct access to the machine via command line, i.e, it can not be done via the web frontend. Once you login and have access to terminal, you need to:

  1. Login as the Hub20 user: sudo su hub20
  2. Activate the virtualenv:

    set -a
    source /srv/hub20/.venv/bin/activate
  3. Execute the command to create an user with special permissions:

    django-admin createsuperuser

    The command will prompt for your username, email (not required) and password. Avoid easy-to-guess usernames and MAKE SURE TO USE A VERY STRONG PASSWORD.

Creating User Account


This assumes that this instance is available on a public internet address.

To create an account, simply access Hub20's frontend website. If this is your first time using the frontend, you will be greeted by the setup form. All you need to provide there is the URL of your server. Next you will be redirect to the sign-in form, where you can find the "Not registered?" link.

Form

Clicking on that link will take you to the registration page.

Registration Form

Choose your username and password, and you will log in with the created user account.