The most common component of web applications is a user management system that facilitates sign up, sign in, creation of a user profile and assigning permissions so the user can securely access appropriate application features and functionalities.
Regardless of the Serverless Cloud vendor they are native to, all Serverless user management components are similar and include the following features:
Let’s see the integration of a User Management component in action with AWS Cognito the example. You’ll see just how easy it can be to configure.
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DOMAIN_NAME – from step 7
AWS_REGION – from step 7
APP_CLIENT_ID – from step 5
REDIRECT_URL – from step 6
You should see an AWS User Management login form which can be easily customized to your needs in the UI Customization settings of your AWS Cognito User Pool.
You can find your newly registered user in General settings->Users and groups of your User Pool.
There are a lot of configurations available on your user pool, from required fields and password strength policies to multi-factor authorization and single sign on with different Identity providers (Twitter, Facebook).
There are many alternatives to AWS Cognito as a User Management Serverless component. Other Cloud providers and 3rd party vendors all offer components with almost identical core features and functionalities. Some examples are: Auth0, Google IAM and the Azure Active Directory.
All of them share similar features and can be considered if your infrastructure means another choice than AWS Cognito is more appropriate (eg. If using Windows Servers – consider the Azure user management component).
You can read more about the different qualities of the major Serverless providers in our article Serverless Architecture for Modern Apps: Stacks Providers & Caveats.
We hope this step-by-step guide to the features and configuration of the AWS Cognito User Management component help demonstrate just how powerful and convenient contemporary Serverless components have become
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