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In this screen you have the ability to create a new user (when you clicked on the 'New' button in the User Manager), or to edit an existing user (when you select a user and click on the 'Edit' button in the User Manager).
User details and parameters
You will see different fields where you can fill in or edit information of the user. These are:
Name: The (full) name of the user. This field is required.
Username: The user login name of the user. This field is required.
E-mail: The e-mail address of the user. This field is required, and you need to fill in a valid e-mail address.
New password: Fill in a (new) password. Although this field is not required, the user will not be able to log in when no password is set.
Verify password: Fill in the password from the field above again, to verify it. This field is required when you filled in the New password field.
Group: Here you can choose the group for the user. You can choose between:
- Registered: a normal user
- Author: a user able to create articles
- Editor: a user able to create and edit all articles
- Publisher: a user able to create, edit and publish all articles
- Manager: a user able to use all frontend options and who is able to access the backend, but with limited access: only able to create and edit the menus, content and components.
- Administrator: a user with all frontend options and who is able to access the backend, but with limited access: not able to view the Global Configuration, template manager, language manager and the messages.
- Super Administrator: a user able to use all available options on frontend and backend.
Block User: Here you can select whether to disable this user or not. Only available when editing Administrators or Super Administrators.
Receive System E-mails: Here you can select whether to let this user receive the System E-mails or not. Only available when editing Administrators or Super Administrators.
Register Date: Here you can see the registered date. Only shown when editing a user.
Last Visit Date: Here you can see the last time this user was logged in. Only shown when editing a user.
Back-end Language: Here you can select the back-end language of the user. All installed languages for the back-end will be displayed in the drop-down box. Default is the language set in Language Manager.
Front-end Language: Here you can select the front-end language of the user. All installed languages for the front-end will be displayed in the drop-down box. Default is the language set in Language Manager.
User Editor: Here you can select the front and backend editor of the user. All installed editors will be displayed in the drop-down box. Default is the WYSIWYG editor set in the Global Configuration.
Help Site: Set the help site of the user. Default is the Help Server set in the Global Configuration.
Time Zone: Set the time zone of the user. Default is the Time Zone set in the Global Configuration.
Contact information: If you linked a Contact to this user, the contact information will be showed here.
At the top right you will see the toolbar:
The functions are:
Save: Save the user and return to the main screen of the User Manager
Apply: Save the user, but stay in the User New or Edit screen.
Cancel: Go back to the main screen of the User Manager, without saving the user you edited or made.
Help: Open the Help Screen for the User Manager: New/Edit. That is the same screen as this Help Screen.
In Joomla! 1.0.x versions Administrators and Super Administrators had the ability to block every user when this user had a lower or the same group as you were in. You can not do this in Joomla! 1.5. You are only able to block Administrators or Super Administrators. In Joomla! 1.5 there are more parameters available. New parameters are the Front-end and Back-end language, the Help Site and the Time Zone.
You will use the User Manager New/Edit when you want to add a user by yourself, or edit an existing user. Here you will find some of the reasons for the use of this screen.
- You disabled the registration, but do want to have registered users on your Joomla! site. You need to add them manually with this screen.
- You want to change the group of a user. For example, you want a registered user to become an author.
- You want to change the parameters of a existing user.
- You want to change the name, username, e-mail or password of an existing user.
- You want to look if the contact information of some one is linked correctly to a particular user.
Points to Watch
- Name is required
- Username is required
- E-mail address is required
- E-mail address needs to be valid
- When you fil in the New Password field, you also have to fill in the Verify Password field
- When you did not fill in a particular Language, Editor, Help Site and/or Time Zone, the default settings from Global Configuration, Language Manager and/or Template Manager are set.
When you add a new user with the New/Edit screen of the User Manager, this user will be displayed in the list of users on the main screen of the User Manager, and will have the ability to log in to your Joomla! site. When you edited the Name, Username, Group or E-mail address, these changes will be shown in the table of the User Manager. If you block an Administrator or Super Administrator, this user can not log in anymore. Changes made to the parameter language settings, will cause that when this user will log in, the site will be shown in this language. Changes made to the parameter editor settings, will cause that when this user will log in and will make or edit an article, another WYSIWYG editor will be shown. When you made changes to the parameter Help Site or Time Zone settings, these settings will be used when opening a Help Screen or when showing the time on your Joomla! site.