When you log into your music app or social media account, your user experience is defined entirely by your data. Your music app has your playlists and favorites, and your social media account is tied to your friends and likes. If you were to log into someone else's account, the app would look very different.
With Glide, you can make apps that are public and don't have any focus on User-specific Data. But you may want to give each user a unique experience, and there are many different ways to create user-specific experiences. For example:
Allow users to save favorites
Show different tabs to different users
Only allow admins to edit records
Let everyone have an individual rating for a specific item
Let everyone see their own private notes about a particular item/event
Allow a user to do or see something when they have reached a certain level
This guide will explain all the essential features you need to start building user-specific apps.
In your app's Privacy Settings, you'll be able to choose whether your app is private or public. Depending on which one you pick, you'll see controls for which users can sign in.
There are quite a few different combinations you can create here. Below is a list of all the different types of access settings you can create.
Private apps are not viewable to anyone without signing in. Further, only the people you allow to sign in through the Privacy Settings will be able to access your app. You can make private apps that are:
Accessible only by users in the users table
Accessible only by members of your Glide team
Accessible only by people with an email matching your domain
Accessible only by people in a specific table that you set
If your app contains any sensitive, private, or personal information, then you should use a private sign-in setting.
Public apps are always accessible by anyone in the world who has the link. Using the combination of settings in the Privacy Settings area, you can create public apps that are:
Publicly accessible with no sign-in (users won't have profiles)
Publicly accessible, but users must sign-in
Publicly accessible, with optional sign-in
A user table is where the data for each of your users is stored. Every Glide app has one. Each row represents a user, and each column a property connected to that user. This table is essential unless your app is entirely public with no sign-in.
When you create a new app, Glide automatically creates a Users table and assigns it as your User Profile Table. While the default user profiles table is a Glide Table, you can create a table in another data source such as Google Sheets to use as the user profiles table instead.
At the very least, the users table needs a column for Name, Email, and Photo. Apps with sign-in can also use Role. You can add as many columns as you like and use these properties in many different ways. For example:
Only show users a tab if their age is greater than 15
Create a list of all the users who signed up more than five months ago
Give editing rights only to Admins
Create teams that people belong to
Show and hide items depending on users' interests
Row owners and user privacy
User data in a User Table is often private and needs to be kept secure. Row owners is enabled on user tables by default. Learn about Row Owners here.
When a user clicks on their profile image in the menu bar, they will be taken to their user profile screen, which is powered by the row in the users table that contains their information.
You can configure this screen with Components to show users their information and allow them to edit it.
On desktop devices this will be on the bottom left of the app and on mobile devices this will be in the flyout menu on the top left.
For greater control of your app's data, you can assign Roles to the users in your user profiles table. You can then use these Roles with Row Owner columns to make certain records only accessible to certain users.
This allows you to, for example, give many people the role of Admin and then make Admin a Row Owner for certain rows. Now, only people with the role of Admin will be able to access the data in those rows.
Private Users are users with assigned Roles, or users who sign into apps that limit access via the User Table, Team Member access, Allowed Domains, Emails in a Table, or SSO. Public users are users without Roles, who sign into apps that allow anyone to sign in.
To read more about the full range of privacy options for your apps, check out our App Settings guide.
The Viewing as user menu in Glide shows you all the users who are in your Users Table. Depending on your settings, it defaults to either viewing as anyone or as the first user in the table. If you visit the User Profile Screen and switch users, you'll see the screen change. Or, if you're in the Users Table in the Data Editor, you'll see the data change.
This is an incredibly useful tool if you are building an app with lots of different user data and need to see the experience that different users will have.
You can find the Viewing as menu in both the Data Editor and the Layout Editor. To switch between different users, click on the Viewing as menu and choose a user from the options or type in their name, email address, or role.
User-specific Columns allow cells to hold unique data for each user. This means each user can experience their own data for a particular item.
For example, in the table below, there is a column for Notes. This allows users to write their own notes on each item in the app. In the Data Editor, you'll see a slightly different color for this column indicating that it's user-specific. If you switch between users with the viewing as menu, you'll see the data in this column change and you'll be able to edit it for different users.
Without user-specific columns, this note would appear to everyone else who can see that row. And if someone else changed that note, it would change for everyone else. This is obviously not ideal!
Now, when users make notes in this section, those notes are specific to them. In other words, that single cell will contain a unique value for each user. If you have 1,000 users, there will be 1,000 different versions of that cell—one for every user.
To learn about how to invite people to your app, check out our Publishing and Sharing guide here.