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Integrate a Joomla! site with SuperSaaS

This page explains how to integrate a SuperSaaS schedule into a Joomla based website so that your users only need to sign in once to access both your website and the SuperSaaS schedule within it. To be able to use it you first need to sign up for a (free) SuperSaaS account.

If you do not ask your users to log in to your own website, you should follow the general instructions on how to integrate a schedule in your website. The plugin provided here will only work when the user is already logged into your own Joomla site.

Using Joomla login names for your SuperSaaS schedule

The SuperSaaS Joomla plugin displays a “Book now” button that automatically logs the user into a SuperSaaS schedule using his Joomla user name. If you are not using the Joomla user registration system then you should instead follow the general instructions on how to integrate a schedule in your site.

The SuperSaaS Booking Plugin is compatible with Joomla 3.1 or newer. If you are using an older version then please use the previous tutorial for the Joomla! module which works on older Joomla version.

The button generated by the plugin passes the Joomla user database information along to SuperSaaS, creating the user in the SuperSaaS database or updating his information as needed. This saves users from having to create a separate login for the booking system and avoids the need to log in twice.

Installation and setup of the plugin in Joomla

  1. Install the plugin. On the Joomla administrator page go to Extensions>Extension Manager. You can install the plugin without downloading it separately:
    • For Joomla 3.2+, choose the option Install from Web and search for “SuperSaaS”
    • For Joomla 3.1, choose the option Install from URL tab and enter the URL: http://cdn.supersaas.net/plugins/plg_supersaas_joomla_12.zip
    • For older Joomla version use the Joomla! module instead
    If you want to modify the module you can also download it from our GitHub repository.
  2. Set up the plugin. In the Extensions>Plugin Manager screen search for the SuperSaaS and enable it by changing its status to “Enabled”. Now proceed to configure the plugin, by clicking on it. Make sure that “Public” is selected in the “Access” settings on the right. Next fill out the SuperSaaS Plugin Settings section:
    • SuperSaaS account name* – This is name of your account (not your email address!)
    • SuperSaaS password* – This is the password that the administrator uses to log in to SuperSaaS
    • Custom Domain Name – If you created a custom domain name to point to your schedule, then you need to enter it here to correctly point your users to it
    • Schedule name or URL – You can either put the name of a schedule or you can provide a full URL if you want to add specific parameters to direct the user to a specific view
    (* – required field)
Joomla! SuperSaaS Booking Plugin

Install Joomla! Extension

For Joomla! 3.2+ it is easy to implement the SuperSaaS plugin using the “Install from Web” option.
  • In the “Install from Web” tab search for “SuperSaaS Booking Plugin”.
  • Open the “SuperSaaS Booking Plugin” and click the green “Install” button.
  • Next, follow the configuration instructions at point 2 above.

Change SuperSaaS account settings to work with Joomla

Your Joomla user database is leading, which means that changes in user information on your Joomla site propagate to SuperSaaS but not the other way around. Therefore we recommend that you do not let your users change their user information on SuperSaaS because that could easily confuse them. For example, if a user were allowed to change his password on SuperSaaS he would probably not realize that his Joomla password is still the same. Make the following changes to your SuperSaaS account to avoid such inconsistencies:

  • On the Access Control page, select Log in and registration managed on your site
  • On the Access Control page, select Prevent users from updating their own information
  • On the Layout Settings page, fill out the box Your URL with the URL of the page on your site where users can log in

Secondly, you need to ensure that the database fields in Joomla match those in your SuperSaaS user database. Make the following changes on the Access Control page:

  • Deselect Use email address as login name
  • Switch the Email address radio button that appears to Optional (or Mandatory)
  • Switch all other fields to Don’t Ask (you can switch off the Password field too if you have selected Login is not handled here)
SuperSaaS Access Control

Configure SuperSaaS

This image depicts the Access Control page in your SuperSaaS account after making the settings described above.

Add the button to your pages

Place the short code [supersaas] on your pages everywhere you want the button to appear. The short code can take the optional parameters after, label and image to overwrite the values on the settings screen. This is useful if you want to add multiple buttons to different schedules, for example:

[supersaas after="schedule1" label="Book on Schedule 1"]
[supersaas after="schedule2" label="Book on Schedule 2" image="http://example.com/book_now.gif"]
Entering multiple Booking Buttons in a Joomla! article
Rendering of an article with multiple buttons

Trying it out

You can now try out the button on your site. As the administrator, you will still need to log in through the main SuperSaaS login page so you would want to try this out pretending to be a regular user. If you want to define superusers in SuperSaaS, make sure they have logged in at least once using the button before changing their role on the User Management page.

Troubleshooting tips

  • Note that the button only appears to users who are logged in to your Joomla site
  • If you see an error Email is not a valid email address, then please read the “Change SuperSaaS account settings to work with Joomla” section again to confirm you have made the correct settings in your SuperSaaS account
  • If you see an error Login name is a reserved word, then your user name is a reserved word in SuperSaaS. Try logging in with a different username.
  • If the button redirects the user but does not appear to actually log him in and you have used a URL in the field Schedule name or URL then make sure that the domain of that URL is entered in the Custom Domain Name field.