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sNews MU Default User Accounts and Permission Settings
« on: August 10, 2010, 05:13:45 PM »

User Account Permissions:

By default, the sNewsMU 1.6.3 package uses four Admin panels on the the Main Administration Page:
   1. Content Management - links to all (category, article, extra and page) Add/Edit/Delete panels.
   2. Comments Approval - if enabled, lists comments waiting for Admin approval.
   3. Site - site settings panel, Users List (with profile/permissions editing), Add New Users.
   4. File Manager - files, uploading, view and delete files in accessible folders.

By default, the sNewsMU 1.6.3 package has four User account Levels.
The default access permissions for each are as follows:

Admin (level 1) - default site owner, with access to all four admin panels.

Super Editor (level 2) - content Management (panel 1) Only. Can View, Edit or Delete any existing content on the site.

Editor (level 3) - Content Management (panel 1) only. Can only view, Edit or Delete self-authored content. Can content by other authors (editors) if permission is granted by the original author when creating or editing the content.

User (level 4) - no admin access

Additional Access Privileges:

The Admin account is the only one that can access the Site (3) panel to manage site settings, create and and manage user accounts.

The Admin can give the Super Editor and Editor accounts access to the Comments Approval and File Manager (2nd & 4th panels) when creating a new account or editing and existing user's privileges.

The Admin can also assign "Site Owner" status to any other account, which removes the Freeze/Delete links from it in the Users panel. This can be removed by the Admin as well after being applied.

The User account (level 4) is to create accounts that have the privilege of posting comments when Comments posting is restricted only ot registered users.
The Admin's User Privilege settings panel available for Editor accounts is also visible for User accounts so that, if the Admin chooses to upgrade a User account to a higher level (3, 2 or 1), these settings will apply at those levels. If they are checked for a User (level 4) they will not apply until the account is upgraded to a higher level (3, 2 or 1).

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Adding New User Levels and Administration Privileges

Since sNewsMU 1.6.3 was first released, a few sNews members have asked if it is possible to add more User Levels.
The response to that has usually been that it does not seem practical to have more since the existing four do the job, and that was the end of the discussion.
It is not that difficult to add more User Levels, but I get more flexibility by keeping the four default levels and adding more Administration Privilege options.

For more on Privilege Options, see Access Privilege Options for Editors and Super Editors

For more on User Levels, see Add More User Levels
« Last Edit: October 05, 2010, 07:08:36 PM by Keyrocks »
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