Fri, 29 Mar 2021 16:35:28 +1100 MYOB en-gb User Notes in Joomla 2.5

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.

With user notes in Joomla 2.5 you can add in extra little bits of information about each user to help remind you of who they are and their exact role on the website.

User notes can also be used to track issues that registered users may be having on a website. User related problems with their accounts can be added to User Notes allowing website administrators to follow up and attend to issues a user may be having.

Joomla 2.5 User Notes explained

Adding a New User Note

To add a new note

Navigate to the user management screen from the backend administrator menu.

Users -> User Management


You will be presented with the list of all the users on your website.

Click on the "Add Note" icon next to a user's name.

Joomla 2.5 User Notes explained

From here you will be presented with the "Notes" screen.


Form here you can enter in the notes of the user that you have selected.

Click on the save icon when you're done and the note of the user will be saved to the database.

Retrival of the notes is easily obtained from either the User Notes screen or the User Manager screen.

]]> (Peter Bui) User Management Wed, 25 Jan 2021 11:05:06 +1100 User Manager Options

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+.



1) Mass Mail

This will allow you to mass mail all of your users in the system. This is great for alerting users to issues on the website or remind users to change and update their passwords on the system.

2) Permissions

The permissions tab sets out what user group has access to the User Manager area of the website.

3) Allow User Registration

This option will either enable or disable the user registration on the website. By default this is set to YES.

4) New User Registration Group

Here you can set which group you would like users to be assigned to when they register to the website. By default they are assigned the the Registered user group.

5) New User Account Activation

This will define how accounts are activated on the website. You can choose from no activation, user activation or administrator activation. Choose either No activation or user activation for a more automated registration process. If you wish to have more control over who or what registers on your website then choose Admin.

Read more about user account activation

6) Frontend User Parameters

This will either show or hide the user parameters when they are logged in on the front end of the website. This should usually be left on SHOW.

]]> (Peter Bui) User Management Fri, 14 Jan 2021 10:44:00 +1100 Exploring Joomla 1.6 User Manager

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+.


To access the User Management screen, either click on the User Manager icon from the control panel of Joomla or navigate with the administrator menu via Users -> User Manager.




User Manager Screen

This will bring up the main User Manger administrator screen.


This screen will give you an overview of all the users that are currently registered and have either front end of back end access to your Joomla powered website.

1) Control Buttons

These are the main control function buttons for the user manager screen. Functions are as follows.

2) Sub Menu Bar

The Sub menu bar flicks between the User screen, User Groups and Viewing Access Level screens.

3) Filter Area

The filter area allows you to quickly search and filter users in order to find certain accounts. This is very useful when there are hundreds of users on your system

4) User Details Overview

This are gives you an overview of the users details and allows you to sort by these details. Name, username, enable/disabled, approved, access level, email, creation date and last access date can all be viewed and sorted by here.

To sort this view, simply click on the title of the column at the top and it will toggle between ascending and descending for that column.

]]> (Peter Bui) User Management Thu, 13 Jan 2021 10:08:20 +1100 Edit Profiles in Joomla 1.6

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.

Joomla 1.6 Edit Profiles

When you click on this button you will be taken directly to your account profile details from the User Management area of Joomla. This eliminates the steps needed to search for you profile within the user management screen. It isn't such a problem in small websites but on websites with thousands of users it becomes time consuming to find your own profile just to update a setting.

Once you have click the Edit Profile button you will be presented with the general User Manager: Edit Profile screen.

User management edit profiles fig 1

Here you can edit your name, password, email, user group and permission levels, template options, editor options and time zones.

Hit save when you have finished altering your user profile details.

]]> (Peter Bui) User Management Mon, 10 Jan 2021 12:54:59 +1100 User Account Activation

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.

Looking at the Account Activation Levels

Joomla 1.6 now has three levels of account creation approval built into it.

  1. Auto approval
    All users that register on the website will automatically have their registered account approved on the website

  2. User approval
    Any user that registers on the website will have to verify their registration by clicking a link that is normally sent to them via an email address.

  3. Admin approval
    This step now requires a website administrator to approve the new users account before they can have access to the website. 


Modifying the User Approval Level

In the User Manager area of Joomla 1.6 you will find an options button that will pull up a new options screen in Joomla.

User Approval Process fig 1

Once the new screen appears, next to the "News User Account Activation" drop down menu, choose the desired approval level from:

User Approval Process fig 2

Once done hit the save button and you're done.

]]> (Peter Bui) User Management Sun, 09 Jan 2021 22:24:40 +1100