A Customizable Login Server Control
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Published: 14 Jun 2005
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A common requirement of web applications is the need to obtain the user's username and password. In this article, Bilal Haidar builds a customizable Login server control that can be added easily to any ASP.NET Web Form.
by Bilal Haidar
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Introduction and Control Features

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One of the strengths of ASP.NET is the ease with which developers can create custom web server controls. If you find yourself repeatedly adding the same code across pages or across applications, you should consider creating a custom server control.

If you create websites that require users to log in, then you are sure to have repeated the code needed to obtain a user's username and password. This is a prime candidate for a custom server control.

In this article we will cover the details of developing a customizable Login control that you can add to your Visual Studio .Net toolbox, which can then be added to any ASP.NET Web Form with a simple drag and drop action. The Login control has a set of useful features that we will cover in the different sections of this article.


In this article, we will start by outlining the various features of the Login control, and then look in depth at the code behind building that control. Finally, we will present an example of how to use the Login control on an ASP.NET Web Form.

Login Control Features

The Login control that we will create is a customizable control, in the sense that it contains many features that can be turned on or off according to the developer's preference. The appearance of the control is also customizable through the use of CSS.

To start with, the Login control has the following basic content:

  1. A UserName TextBox, to hold the username.
  2. A Password TextBox, to hold the password.
  3. An Error Label, to show any error generated upon a login failure.

The above controls are the basic contents of the Login control. Its customizable features are:

  1. A Remember Me CheckBox, to give the user the option to have a persistent cookie of his login.
  2. A Create New Account HyperLink, to link to the page where a user can create a new account.
  3. A Forgot Password HyperLink, to link to the page where a user can retrieve his password.

The above features will be presented in detail in the following sections.

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Title: Help   
Name: Alex
Date: 2008-07-10 4:54:28 PM
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Title: Thnaks   
Name: Nitin
Date: 2008-02-06 4:10:25 AM
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Title: thanku   
Name: rajan
Date: 2007-11-20 4:57:49 AM
very thanks...
Title: link   
Name: wajahat
Date: 2007-09-16 11:09:20 PM
sir, at the given link dialog box is appeared

can you help me how to append some information in password after the user entered it.

Title: Hook the Apache Server Login Dialog   
Name: wajahat
Date: 2007-09-16 11:07:08 PM
i have read your article, it helps me a lot. I want to hook the apache login dialog and edit some information in password. can you please explain me how to do it in C#. thanks
Title: Force event implements   
Name: Ray
Date: 2007-05-04 12:48:27 PM

Is there a way to force users to implement events? I wrote such a login control and I want to be able to force users to change their passwords when they expire. In order for me to do that i need to not just raise PasswordExpired event but also make sure that whoever drags this server control onto the page implements that event. I havent been able to figure out how to make events "mustimplement" in server controls. Any help would be great.

Title: Re: Ahmed   
Name: Bilal Hadiar [MVP]
Date: 2007-01-11 1:20:11 AM
Hello Ahmed:
There is a nice starter kit that is downloadble on the ASP.NET website. This starter kit has a small forum that you can see how they did it and learn from it!


Hope this helps,
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Name: Ahmed
Date: 2007-01-10 11:01:12 PM
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Title: hi nice code.....   
Name: Sandeepan Kundu
Date: 2006-09-28 5:09:57 AM
Hi.. its nice code....
I am using ASP.NET-2005 code behind vb. I want to customize the provided login control to have 2 drop down list box and a password box. and authenticate based on user's selection and password....
Please suggest.... ASAP

Title: thank u   
Name: sarath Babu
Date: 2006-09-14 8:19:37 AM
hai,its very good artricle which tells us briefly about login controls who are new to asp.net 2.0
Title: Nice job   
Name: Eugen
Date: 2006-07-06 7:42:02 AM
It's truly good example, nice job...
but when i'm playing with defined properties it generates an error like "this._AutoCheck is missing object reference"...
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Name: Rizwan Ghani
Date: 2005-08-02 5:01:45 AM
Hi Bilal,

I am very new with VWD. I have an MS access database application for almost 40 users. This application can be accessed from outside of the office. Now i am thinking to develop a webbased interface to access this database. I don't want to use SQL database. Please could you tell me what are the good steps to make this happen.

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Name: Yevgeniy
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Title: Please keep up this great job   
Name: Kapil Goyal
Date: 2005-08-01 4:49:05 AM
Hello, Please keep up this great job. THIS IS WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BE DONE. THANKS
Title: Reply to AM   
Name: Bilal Haidar [MVP]
Date: 2005-07-30 5:35:11 PM
Well, no need to add any dll to your Bin folder. Just right click on the toolbox, add an item, browse for the dll you have, then you can click and drag the control from your toolbox to the page you are using.
Hope that helps,
Title: how is it?   
Name: am
Date: 2005-07-30 1:52:29 PM
Dear BIlal,,
Soory i'm new on this .Net
just want to ask.
could you pls give me the steps howt o implement this
cause, after i add the both dll into my Bin folder..
but there is no login control add into my VS.Net
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Date: 2005-07-29 11:15:08 PM
Nice article. Very well put together. I am used to vague tutorials that assume the reader knows a lot more than I do. This one takes the time to explain all the details. Thank-you.
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Title: Reply: code in vb   
Name: Bilal
Date: 2005-06-23 2:08:54 AM
Ok, I got you. You can convert the code from C# to VB.NET, check this link:


Title: code in vb   
Name: robert clancy
Date: 2005-06-22 9:49:21 PM
Thanks, I realise that. What I would like is not to run it or use it, but to examine the code written in vb instead of C#
Title: Reply: code in vb   
Name: Bilal
Date: 2005-06-22 3:01:29 AM
Hi Robert:
I beleive if you compile the project files accompanying the article into a dll you would be able then to add a reference to the dll you created and you can see the login control added to your VS.NET toolbox.

Hope that helps.
Title: code in vb   
Name: robert clancy
Date: 2005-06-22 2:16:50 AM
Because I don't know C#, I would love to see the code in vb. Has anybody provided this?

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