Controlling Access

EasierWeb puts different level of controls to your website. A user can play the role of a site owner, a site administrator, an author and/or a member. The higher your level is, the more roles you can play.

  • The site owner (the one who pays for the site), has the most privilege in your site. He/she can create and, more importantly, delete users who can log on to the site.
  • One or more site administartors can be created by the site owner to manage the site on a daily basis. The site administrator will manage authors as he sees fit to create/edit folders and pages.
  • The authors can manage the folders and pages that are assigned to the them.
  • As the lowest level, members can view certain pages that are not allowed for the general public, and post messages in the discussion forums.

The web site, the folders and the pages can be set up to a particular level, say member, to limit access from users. By default, it is public. Once it is set to, say member, then the access will require user log on first.

The access level for a folder or a page is displayed on the respective lines of the tool box. If the folder or page is for public access, meaning no restriction, there will no indicator shown. There will be a "+" sign for each level of access. The higher the level, the more "+" signs you will see.

How do I find out what role I play?

Recipe: In the system menu, click "profile". The profile page shows, among others, your role in the web site.

Explain: This is straight-forward enough. One caveat is that there are two type of members: the active and the passive. Passive members cannot view, let alone change, their profile. This is an exception.

To Create Users

Recipe: You need to be at least a system administrators before you can manage users. In the tool box, click "users" on the "Site" line". The user manager page shows up. Click on "Add a New User" to create the user.

Explain: This is straight-forward enough.

To Assign Roles to Users

Recipe: You need to be at least one system administrator before you can manage users. In the tool box, click "users" on the "Site" line". The user manager page shows up. Find the user in the list, click on "Change" under the column "Role" to make the change.

Explain: This is straight-forward enough.

To Suspend a User

Recipe: You need to be at least a system admin before you can manage users. In the tool box, click "users" on the "Site" line". The user manager page shows up. Find the user in the list, click on "Change" under the column "Status" to make the change.

Explain: This is straight-forward enough.

To Change Password for a User

Recipe: You need to be at least a system admin before you can manage users. In the tool box, click "users" on the "Site" line". The user manager page shows up. Find the user in the list, click on "Change" under the column "Password" to make the change.

Explain: This is straight-forward enough.

To Apply Restriction to a Page or Folder

Recipe: You need to be at least an author before you can manage folders or pages. Click on "Edit" of the line "Folder" or "Page", the Folder Editor or the Page Editor will come up. With these editors, there an "Access Level" attribute. Select the level, such as public, member, author or admin. Click Submit.

Explain: This is straight-forward enough.

To Restrict Editing

Recipe: You need to be at least an author before you can manage a folder or page. Click on "Edit" of the line "Folder" or "Page", the Folder Editor or the Page Editor will come up. With these editors, there an option to "Lock this folder/page for these authors". Check the box and specify the authors allowed to make changes. Click "Submit".

Explain: This is straight-forward enough. The result of this is that except for you, the author of the page/folder, and the ones who login IDs are listed, no one else can edit your page/folder. This gives the site administrators some flexibility in managing authors.


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