Account Templates

Account Templates

Account templates allow the administrator to configure groups of settings to be applied to new accounts. At account creation time, you can simply select the desired account template and all of those settings will be applied directly to the newly-created account. For busy administrators this can save hours of time per week in repetitive account configuration.

The account templates page may be accessed using the Templates link under the Management heading in the navigation menu.

The Account Templates List

The account templates list displays all of the account templates you have previously created. Click on the Edit Template icon next to a template to launch the template editor, or create a new account template as described in the following section.

Creating New Account Templates

New account templates may be created using the New account template link near the top of the page. This process is very similar to that of creating a new account. The following options must be specified to create the account template:

  • Type
    Specifies the type of account which should be created:

    • User - Specifies that a user account should be created. This option is used to set up new streaming accounts.
    • Reseller - Specifies that a reseller account should be created. Reseller accounts are much like limited administrator accounts, and can independently create and manage their own user accounts.
  • Server Type
    Indicates the type of server software to use for the account -- currently, ShoutCast2, ShoutCast, and IceCast are supported. Note that Centova Cast will only display server types which have been installed and enabled on your server.

  • AutoDJ Type
    Indicates the type of autoDJ software to use for the account. Note that Centova Cast will only display autoDJ types which have been installed and enabled on your server and are compatible with the Server type you have chosen above.

After setting your account template options, click the Create button to proceed to the account template editor and customize your account template settings.

The account template creation interface is identical to the account template editor interface described in the Editing Account Templates section below.

Editing Account Templates

The account template editor is virtually identical to the account editor described in the User Account Settings for user accounts, and under Reseller Account Settings for reseller accounts. This is because when you set up an account template, you are essential "pre-configuring" an account just as you would when you create a new account.

The only significant differences between the template editor and the account editor are the absence of a few fields (such as the username) which cannot be configured until an account is actually created, and the addition of two fields which are specific to the account template editor:

  • Template name
    Indicates the identifying name for the template. This is used internally (and by billing systems if you're using billing integration) and must consist of letters, digits, and underscores only. No spaces or other symbols are permitted.

  • Template description
    Specifies a description for the template. This is displayed in the interface whenever a template selection is required, so you should be as detailed as necessary to help yourself identify the template by its description.

For assistance with all other options provided by the account template editor, please refer to the User Account Settings and Reseller Account Settings sections.