2.28.2009

SAVA CMS: Users, Groups and Permissions

This is an area that works very well, but I think the documentation and the Administrative Interface make harder to understand. You can read about these topics in Sava Forums, but below is my understanding of it....

  1. Users = accounts and are Administrative or Site Members.
  2. Groups can be created and users added.
  3. Permissions to edit, view etc. are granted to GROUPS and not ACCOUNTS.

Some confusing areas:
  • the Administrative Users and the "Site Members" are administered in completely different areas.
  • You can't list all users. You can only list users in a group. If you create a user but don't put them in a group, you can have difficulty finding them. I would recommend creating some default groups and make sure you add Administrative users to a group.
  • I think there might be some default groups or accounts that don't show up.
  • It would be nice to have a default "everyone" group maybe.

There are basically 2 types of Users. Administrative and Site Members.

Administrative Users:
  • This includes Super Admins right down to authors and editors.
  • Users are promoted here by the Action of an Admin.
  • Users with any rights to publish etc. should be put here.
  • Administrative Groups can be assigned Permissions to nodes in the site tree.
  • You manage them by using the "Administrative Users" menu option in the Upper Right Hand Corner. (I found this separation from the site members confusing).

Site Members:
  • Can be allowed to SELF REGISTER.
  • Site Customization can be driven by the account
  • Site Members can identify "Areas of Interest" or Catagories.
  • Site Members can sign up for Mailings.
  • You manage them by using the Site Members.

I probably have not done this topic justice. It is very powerful combination.

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