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MembershipProvider Class

Defines the contract that ASP.NET implements to provide membership services using custom membership providers.

Namespace: System.Web.Security
Assembly: System.Web (in system.web.dll)
public abstract class MembershipProvider : ProviderBase
public abstract class MembershipProvider extends ProviderBase
public abstract class MembershipProvider extends ProviderBase
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ASP.NET membership is designed to enable you to easily use a number of different membership providers for your ASP.NET applications. You can use the supplied membership providers that are included with the .NET Framework, or you can implement your own provider.

NoteNote:

If you are not familiar with the membership features of ASP.NET, see Introduction to Membership before continuing. For a list of other topics related to membership, see Managing Users By Using Membership.

When implementing a custom membership provider, you are required to inherit the MembershipProvider abstract class.

There are two primary reasons for creating a custom membership provider.

  • You need to store membership information in a data source that is not supported by the membership providers included with the .NET Framework, such as a FoxPro database, an Oracle database, or other data source.

  • You need to manage membership information using a database schema that is different from the database schema used by the providers that ship with the .NET Framework. A common example of this would be membership data that already exists in a SQL Server database for a company or Web site.

The MembershipProvider abstract class inherits from the ProviderBase abstract class. MembershipProvider implementations must also implement the required members of ProviderBase.

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How to: Sample Membership Provider ImplementationBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
How to: Implement a Custom Membership UserBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
Implementing a Membership ProviderBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
How to: Sample Membership Provider ImplementationBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
Implementing a Membership ProviderBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
How to: Implement a Custom Membership UserBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0
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