Creating a social media portal

Introduction

Social Media portals are portal/landing pages that provide the user an option to login using social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ to get access to the Internet.

Social Media portals redirect the user to respective websites like facebook.com where the user is prompted to enter his/her facebook login to get free Internet access. WiFiLAN automatically retrieves the user's public facebook profile and stores it in the database. This information is used for marketing and promotional activities in the future. Additionally WiFiLAN also generate several reports for understanding user profiles and trends for the venue.

 

 

Setting up social media plan

Before setting up the captive portal, you need to add a portal plan for social media portal. This plan will decide the restrictions on user's free session. Admin can configure time, bandwidth, device and concurrency restrictions on the plan.

For example, if you want the user's free session to last for 1 hour, you need to create a 1 hour free plan.

Please refer to different types of billing plans for more information

To add a click-through plan, click on Billing -> Plan option. Click on New Plan tab. Select the options as shown below. These options are for plan with time restrictions. You can select bandwidth option as well.

 

On the next page, enter the details of your plan.

 

Save the above plan.

 

Creating Portal

Once the social media plan is added, you need to click on the Portal -> Add option. This page will guide you to create a social media portal using the plan created above.

Step 1:

Select the location/hotspot for the captive portal.

 

Step2:

Select the type of hotspot controller/gateway for the captive portal. This option will decide the login script for the portal. Please select the correct option.

If you dont have the model listed, select the one closest to that model. Most vendors have similar login script for their gateways.

Next select the type of portal. In this case, select the social media option. You will also need to select the plan associated with the portal. The plan will decide the restrictions for free access.

Then you need to select the social media types you want to display on the captive portal. When you select the specific social media type, it will prompt you to enter the App ID and Secret for the social media login.

WiFiLAN provides default App ID and secret for testing purpose. You need to replace them with the app ID and secret for your own app. Please refer to respective social media documentation on creating your own apps and corresponding app ID and secret.

 

Next, upload your logo and partner logo. If you want to apply a background image, please select the background image option and upload your background image.

 

Lastly, select the Terms & Conditions option if you want the user to accept T&C before getting access. Upload your T&C in the text area. Enter the footer text.

If you want to display the support number, select the option and enter your support number.

Finally, enter the welcome URL (URL displayed on successful login). This is a mandatory field.

 

Save the portal. Once the portal is saved, a URL will be generated on the List portal page. You need to use this URL when configuring your respective controller/gateway.

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