Types of Users and Access Permissions
Users of Joomla! web sites can be broken down into two broad categories:
· Registered Users
Guests are simply visitors to your Joomla web site. Depending on how the Super Administrator
has configured the site, some content can only be viewed by Registered users while visitors can
only browse a limited amount of it, or all the content can be accessible.
Registered Users have registered with your site to obtain a username and password. This
username and password allows Registered Users to log into your site, receiving special privileges
not available to guests.
Registered Users are broken down into two groups:
· Front‐end Users
· Back‐end Users.
Front-end Users get additional rights over guests, which may include the ability to create and
publish content on the web site. We will generally refer to these users as content providers since
their primary goal is to provide content on the web site, not to administer the site or alter its
Content providers may provide new content through the web interface using an embedded
WYSIWG (What You See Is What You Get) editor without any knowledge of HTML coding.
Within the Front-end User classification there are four specific levels, the site administrator can
assign. These levels are: Registered, Author, Editor, and Publisher.
Back-end users -- Managers, Administrators, and Super Administrators -- are typically thought of
as the site administrators, but they also have access to the Front-end interface. Just as with the
Front-end Users, Back-end Users may have different privileges.