Microsoft should deliver us from this registration pandemic
Must registration precede membership on a website? Must this conventional and adjustable process obtainable on websites continue? It has become usual and normal to fill a form in a process termed registration to become a member of a website. What follows sometimes is verification, mostly email and phone for some.
There are reasons for membership registration and appear important these times that computer security needs to be supercharged, however, the ubiquitous process jibes, hardly improves, and kills time & interest. It is therefore expedient that software developers reason in this line to hand the world a changed entrée for websites from this decade on.
It is usually of pride and success for owners to have legion of members on their website; it means a lot for them in credibility, returns and service improvements. Website members have access to certain services and are kept abreast of developments relating to the website.
‘Membership’ on websites cannot be stopped or blocked, but limiting membership to registration can be stopped, blocked and avoided. It can be advanced to using only a username and password to log in directly as a member of any website than go through a form-filling registration process.
Microsoft is synonymous with computing, and Microsoft research have worked wonders in solutions that are developing till date, as works are continuous and competition gets taut, innovation as this to redefine most websites should follow in their targets.
Microsoft has the skills and research to power innovation in this line; having advanced web development tools to let this is within their reach. News websites, Social websites, email website, entertainment website, some corporate website want membership via registration, with this development, membership will come simply by login.
A unique username and a very strong password (carefully written since retype space will not be provided) will admit a user and avoid access by another user or impostors. After first login, the user can update his profile or leave it and proceed to any action desired on the website. For websites that will want users to use emails as usernames, first login will lead to a page asking users to verify their email using the link in a message sent.
For email signup registration, a way around it will be determined when advancement is made with this for other web services. Although email service providers as AOL come simple and easy in registration, important fields as username, password, and date of birth should front; other fields may follow at user’s convenience and risk (incase of forgotten password) after having the email.
Ease in web registration will solve problems like comments on websites that require you fill a long form for membership & hit a link for email verification. Direct login is workable for most websites including socials; a research that presents this is available for download on 4shared and can be accessed at Digital Journal.com
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and account management verification mandates date of birth for certain website membership, for these will date of birth be included for first log in, after acceptance will be subsequently needless. Date of birth field may drop after checking a box below the password field asking 'If its the user's first time'
One of the simplest web registrations I know is Wikipedia; but this proposed entrée is in a class of its own and Microsoft on development will have most website adopt it, those torpid will remain in the old.
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