How does the UID parameter work?
Pricing for BEE Plugin is based on the concept of unique users of the editor. A unique user is one that is identified by a unique UID, as described below. The system counts unique UIDs within a billing period, and resets the count to zero at the start of the next billing period.
The UID parameter:
- is an alphanumeric string passed to BEE Plugin in the editor configuration file.
- has a minimum length of 3 characters.
- can contain letters from a to z (uppercase or lowercase), numbers and the special characters "_" (underscore) and "-" (dash).
- make sure that you pass a string, not a numeric value. So even if your UID is a number, pass
- the UID should not be Personal Data, as indicated in Exhibit A of the BEE Plugin Data Processing Agreement, which is available at beefree.io/gdpr/
It uniquely identifies a user of the Plugin. When we say "uniquely", we mean that:
- It will be counted as a unique user for monthly billing purposes.
- Images (and other files) used by the user when creating and editing messages will be associated with it and not visible to other users (when using the default storage).
Users, sub-users and client accounts
It's entirely up to you - the application that has embedded BEE - when to use a new UID at the time you initialize the editor for your users. In 99% of the cases: one UID = one CLIENT ACCOUNT in your application. Sub-users of a client account typically share the same UID.
A quick example to help you visualize this.
- We use the UID in the File Manager to identify where images will be stored
- You typically don't want client ABC to see client XYZ's images
- So you will use a certain UID for client ABC and another UID for client XYZ
- If there are 5 users within client ABC account in your application, however, it's OK that they see the same images, since they are likely collaborating on the same emails or landing pages, so you don't need to use a different UID: all 5 will share the same UID.