User Management

Updating existing accounts or creating new accounts is one of the first things you will need to do within Joomla. To create a new account, login to the backend area of Joomla

User Notes is a great new feature that has been added to Joomla 2.5 to help manage all those administrators and registered users that have accounts on your Joomla website.

In large websites with hundreds of user accounts it is sometimes hard to remember, over a period of time, who is who and what role each user may have on the website.

User Notes is a way to keep tabs on what users are what in the administrator end of a Joomla website. As a site gets larger and larger and more members and administrators work on a site, it is sometimes hard to keep track of all these users and their roles for the website.

User notes is a friendly little reminder to website administrators as to who is who and who does what.

Further more, categories can be setup to help group these notes together in cases where there are large amounts of notes.

If a user is having issues with their username, password or email address then it may require alterations in the backend to allow the user to gain access to the system again.

Managing users in Joomla 1.6 is all controlled in the User Manager area in the backend of Joomla. In the User Manager area you can add new users, delete, deny access, user groups and permissions of those user groups to the content management system.

This tutorial will just look at the basic user management areas of Joomla 1.6+.

The User Manager options configuration screen will allow you to control and configure how you want your users administration to work in Joomla 1.6+.

Mass mailing your users can server 2 purposes:

  • You might wish to send all the administrators and contributors of your website a message
  • You may wish to send readers who have signed up to your website a message

To send a message to users click Users from the top menu and select Mass Mail Users from the drop down menu.

For many Joomla 1.5 websites there was a problem with bots automatically creating accounts on websites and thus websites having massive lists of users that are all fake. Even when account activation was required there was still an issue of automated approval bots being used to create the accounts.

In Joomla 1.6 this problem has been addressed with the admin approval process of users that register on a website. This means that a website administrator has to approve the newly registered user before they can gain access.

Contributors to your website can be easily added, assigned appropriate access as needed, and allocated to a various groups.

To create a new user click Users from the top menu, click User Manager, and select Add New User.

A new user management feature in Joomla 1.6 is the addition of the "Edit Profile" button that has been added to the control panel of Joomla. It is a very minor addition but it still saves a lot of time. A great usability addition.

When you log into the backend you will see the new icon on the dashboard.

On any Joomla website you can login to the front end of the website without needing a specific link to the front end login page. You may ask, why you would want to login to the front end of the website? In some circumstances, an administrator may wish to login to the front end to see content that is marked in their group as 'special' and can only be seen on the front end after logging in. 

You could easily add a login form on the website or a direct menu link to the login page but as an administrator you may not want regular users accessing the login page at all, and hence displaying a login module or login link may not be acceptable.

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