what is the best way to access my content (collections) to populate my front end web app (React)? Is there some sort of Client to authenticate?
Hey @olivier_vd great question
Payload has an extensive doc onhttps://payloadcms.com/docs/authentication/overview
In addition, there is an access control system to fine tune permissions
A common approach is to generate an API-key for your user
However, if you create a login form on your frontend and hit the login endpoint for your auth enabled collection...
Then payload creates a secure cookie automatically on the client that authorizes your users requests
These should satisfy most use cases
Let me know if you have more questions
Thank you @thisisnotchris , the API-key looks promising! I'll give that a go 🙂
@olivier_vd really depends on the type of content you want to access. Is it public? protected behind access control/auth?
you can make fetch requests (rest/gql) to retrieve data, I would say that is probably the simplest. If you have content that you want to restrict based on users and their access to certain data, you can set up access control on collections.
On the frontend you would have a login form (if you want to have private data). When a user logs in with rest/gql, a cookie will be attached to the request and if you make another request to any of the api endpoints you can use
on the request and it will send the user along with the request and payload will use that user to authenticate/validate access to certain data.
James made a nice video on access control if you learn more from that kind of content 🙂https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoPLyXG26Dg&t=292s
it's mainly to fetch the content that is created via the cms (to show on the front-end). Perhaps it's easier then to connect with mongoAtlas directly? This is my first full stack app, so I'm still learning as I go 🙂
Sure thing! I think that video I linked above would still be super valuable to watch. I do think learning how to use the browsers native
api will also be valuable! 🙂