How permissions work in Joomla! 1.5

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The aim of this document is to explain the Access Control List for Joomla! 1.5 as background for many references to 'permsissions' and 'access' mentioned in the Getting Started documents. There are three fixed Access Levels in Joomla! 1.5, namely Public, Registered and Special. You will need to be aware of this for 'hands-on' designing and creating the content heirachy and the menus.

An aside: ALC management in Joomla! 1.6 is more sophisticated and is well covered in http://docs.joomla.org/ACL_Tutorial_for_Joomla_1.6

Who is it written for?[edit]

  • Everyone

You will have seen references to permissions in the documents about Articles because they can be restricted to one of the three groups (Public, Registered and Special). In creating Section, Categories and Menus, the same Access levels are available.

Permissions to do things: Access Control[edit]

There are different levels of permissions for doing things in a Joomla! Web site. In particular there is a distinction between:-

  • Which users can gain access to what parts of the website? For example, will a given Menu Item be visible for a given user?
  • What actions a user can perform? For example, can a user edit or publish an article?

Users are grouped together in groups. In Joomla! 1.5 these groups give a robust but fairly simple distinction between groups. It has a coarse granularity in that you cannot set permissions to small groups or individuals, as you can using some software.

Front-end is the web site you can see. If you are an 'Author' - you can only edit pages that you have created. So if you look at the pages done by other people - you will be able to read them but there will not be an edit icon associated with the Article. However, the list below shows that Publishers and Editors can edit any article - which sounds easy but needs some care where there are a lot of people submitting content.

Back-end is the Administrators section of the Web site.

The following lists the groups and associated permissions:-[edit]

Front-end Groups

  • These groups can only use the front-end of the website.
Can view the parts of the Site that are not restricted to one of the other two groups.
Guest Group privileges
Can view Articles which have been given Registered Permissions
Registered Group privileges
Create new articles but cannot publish articles
Edit articles they own
View special content
Author Group privileges
Can edit all articles, even those that are not published
Editor Group privileges
Can publish articles

Back-end Groups

  • These groups allow you to log into the Administrator Back-end
Publisher Group privileges
Can login to the Administrator Back-end
Manager Group privileges
Can create new users
Can install extensions
Administrator privileges
Can change site template
Can change global configuration

The permissions are allocated to usernames by the Administrator and managed through User Management interface in the Back-end of Joomla.

User permissions for a new site[edit]

You may not yet know enough about your new site to know how best to plan the management of users. The important idea to carry forward into the next few documents on design of the content and menus is that:-

  • you may want an idea of whether you want to site to be open to everyone to read
  • you may want to register all users, but limit them to be able to read the content without changing it.
  • you may want some users able to manage the content
  • you may want one or more users to manage the site

It is good to have some idea of whether some menus or Articles will need to be available to a restricted number of users.

Further information[edit]